Monday, March 26, 2012

The Tailored Skirt

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday afternoon I had the intentions of doing homework. However, some bright springy fabric started calling my name...and a week later I had myself a skirt. The fabric had been bought during the summer, after I received a gift card to my favorite quilt shop. I had also just received a sewing book. What a perfect opportunity to buy fabric for a skirt!

I had just planned on tracing the pattern onto freezer paper, but one thing turned into another. Soon, the pattern was traced, pinned onto the fabric and cut out. By then, I couldn't stop and I started sewing. I traced, cut and sewed in my college dorm room!

Close up of invisible zipper
Me wearing the skirt and trying to take a picture

Close up of one of the pockets
I love how it turned out! It went together really fast, and I will definitely be making another one with the same pattern. I used a pattern from Kay Whitt's book Sew Serendipity. It is a great book, with clear and detailed instructions. The hardest part was the invisible zipper. I have only done two other invisible zippers, but I was impressed with how it turned out!

I will be wearing this skirt on Easter and to my cousin's wedding, which is the week after Easter. I am really excited to wear it!


New York, New York

Spring break is over, and I'm back to the reality of school and studying. It was the most amazing spring break I have ever had! New York City blew my mind! We had nineteen people total, and we drove three minivans. It was quite the adventure. I have never been in a car that long with people who are not related to me. I would not trade the adventure for anything. I gained so much on the trip - stronger friendships and lifetime experiences.

I took this as we were driving over the George Washington Bridge...New York City!!!

Most of our week was spent doing mission work at a K-8 school in Harlem. We did office work, which included covering books, entering data, and recording audio books. We also played with the kids at recess and we had a 5th grade reading buddy.

On our very first day in New York, we got to tour the city. It was an amazing experience and one I will not forget. We started at the top part of Manhattan and made our way down. We saw Central Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, FAO Schwarz, Times Square, Chinatown, Little Italy, Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty all in one day! It was a long day, but it was so much fun. I would definitely do it again. Of course, we also got to ride the subway. That was an interesting experience. Most of the time it was fun, but other times it was so jammed packed you couldn't move left, right, forwards or backwards. We all made it safely on and off though, which was good. I sure wouldn't want to get lost in New York City!

Although NYC was amazing, I don't think I could ever live there. It is too big for me! I hope I can go back someday, though!

Here is a song for you to enjoy..."New York, New York" sung by Frank Sinatra! The van I was in listened to it as we were coming into the city and again as we left.



Thursday, March 8, 2012

A new start

My last post was in November 2011. Four months! It is a new year and I am back. This time I hope to be back for good. My blog has a new name...The College Seamstress. What do you think? I am a college student and a seamstress, so I thought it would fit perfectly.

College has been teaching me so many life lessons and not all of them have to do with academics. I thought I'd share some of those lessons with you for my "first" post on this "new" blog.

In no particular order, here they are:

1. Make time for things other than studying. Take time to de-stress! This is so important! My classes are hard, and it seems like I never have enough time in the day, but if I want to do something badly enough, it will happen. For example, last week I sewed a skirt. I have been making time to work out at the fitness center here at college. Both of those things help me when I am stressed.

2. Go on new adventures. I have the opportunity to go on a mission trip with a wonderful group of people over spring break, which starts tomorrow (YAY for spring break!!). We will be driving to the east coast. I have never been to that part of the U.S. before and I am excited to go new places.

3. Family is important. Since coming to college I have realized this more than ever. I talk to my family at least once a day, even if it's only for a few minutes. I didn't realize how close I was to my family until coming here.

4. Your roommate does not have to be your best friend, but communication is key! If I only learned one thing from living with a roommate, it is that communication is key. If you don't communicate with each other, neither of you will know what is going on. Things will go much smoother if you communicate.

5. Have fun! College is important. You should want to do well in your classes, but it doesn't mean you have to study 24-7. Take some time on the weekends to just hang out with friends and not think about classes.

There you have it. This is my start into what I hope will be a successful blogging year! I hope to post about some sewing projects soon after spring break!