D is for D.I.Y.

Back to my favorite Do It Yourself creative center of the moment, Workshop on McAllister (www.workshopsf.org) for Sewing 102, Alterations and Reconstruction.

I have to admit, I went into this experience with a slight, if not severe sense of superiority (I can wind a bobbin in my sleep! Janome sewing machines!  I could almost hear Sue Nickels cringe!)  But as I looked down at my band-aid from Friday night screen printing (second degree burn, I might add), I remembered my humility.  Sure, I can make handbags and frilly fabric flowers.  I might be able to machine applique a sun onto a baby blanket (What’s up Olivia!?).  But… can I do anything useful for society?  Can I hem jeans for my short friends?  Can I finally fix that jacket for poor Chris that is gathering dust at the back of my closet?  The answer is, now I can!  DIY, baby!

Tonight, I learned the utmost important lesson in how to use my talents and give back to society: I can turn a pair of $8 wide-leg pants from the thrift store into skinny-leg pants.  And use the excess materials for a matching hipster headband.  Look out Valencia street!  All I need now is a pair of those pointy-toed tap shoes and big, ugly plastic framed glasses and I’m finally ready to fit in here.

It was a liberating experience.  We used chalk to mark lines, we guesstimated straight lines, and (Sue*, cover your ears!) we sewed over pins!  Turns out I’m not as Type A as I thought about sewing.  Thanks, Workshop!

Check out the DIY drama.

Beer koozie- our warm up project! Includes pocket for your ID.

Chalk outline of the skinniness-action

Sewing the skinniness (observe the plaid... nice one, Community Thrift!)

Away with the excess baggage!

The final product

Headband (notice the LorienGrace jewelry!)

*If by some off-chance you’re reading this and you aren’t a friend or family (highly unlikely), yes, Sue Nickels is the world-famous quilter/ my mother.

5 Thoughts on “D is for D.I.Y.

  1. Elizabeth on June 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM said:

    Once again amazing! I wish that I could go to some of these workshops! Keep up the great work! Besazos desde Valencia.

  2. Jessi on June 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM said:

    I’m going to recruit you to modify all Stellas pants to fit her chicken legs :).

  3. Claire on June 22, 2010 at 7:54 PM said:

    A. Those pants are freaking awesome!! I want some (you can hem them for my shorter stature) 😉
    B. I’m so glad you decided to take this class – I’d love to hear more about the experience.
    C. What are these pointy-toed tap shoes you speak of? Am I so uncool that I no longer know what the hipsters are wearing?
    D. You’re on D already? Damn girl.

  4. aunt patty on June 29, 2010 at 7:08 PM said:

    hahahahahahahahahah. You really are funny. And, yes, Sue and I are such sewing machine snobs!!!!! (although it really isn’t that great an idea to sew over pins, just sayin’) love ya!

  5. belini on July 8, 2010 at 5:28 PM said:

    Hang on a minute! don’t fix his jacket!! It’s one thing to go all crafty and Martha Stewart on me …… you are no-one’s seamstress!

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