Girls Night In: Sewing and Knitting and Pizza … Oh my!

My husband travels pretty frequently for work. This week, work sent him to the west coast from Tuesday through Saturday. I tend to do more sewing than usual when he is traveling, and this week was no different.

I made my first trip to Hancock Fabrics in over a month on Wednesday. And strangely, I came back with only a bunch of interfacing and a yard of nifty dragon fabric that I intend to turn into a bag someday. Cheapest fabric shopping trip ever for me. Also scored a pants pattern for $1.50, thanks to my friend, Liz, who went back during the sale day. I intend to incorporate that into a costume during my next big project. But I will save that for another post.

In addition to hitting the fabric store with some of the girls on Wednesday evening, I invited them over for girls night on Friday – pizza and sewing. My husband still chooses to interpret this as ” a pillow fight” but that a fantasy he will not easily give up.  Whatever makes him happy, I guess.  A more realistic version of the evening’s events follows.

Elizabeth decided she needed a confidence booster project, and decided to work on a tunic with some great black and grey stretchy knit fabric that she bought on Wednesday. Despite some woes with her machine early on, it came out great!  And frankly, it would not be an evening of sewing without the extreme amount of cursing that always seems to come with it.  Exhibit A: Frustration in action.

Liz, our other friend who works with Elizabeth, has decided on a skirt made out of some floral print fabric her grandmother passed on to her with her machine. It also came out very nice, even included some gathers!  Liz actually did her cutting and her sewing in one evening.  Frankly, cutting generally leaves me so tired I tend to either cut OR sew.  Below is a shot of Liz’s excitement that she was finished with the cutting portion of her project.

And a quick shot of Liz’s very vintage sewing machine.  This thing is a beast.  Super heavy and nearly all metal.  And it has a crazy bobbin.  Standard bobbins are crazy enough for me, not sure I ever want to deal with one like hers.

Kelly opted to skip the sewing, even though she has an in-progress cape, and work on her knitting project instead. She worked on a sweater (I think it had a fancy name, but I do not recall what it was) and some wrist warmers.  I know absolutely nothing about knitting.  Did not even know there were patterns until she talked about it a bit on Friday.  I also learned that yarn is sold in “skeins“.  More fancy words. I think Liz knits too.  Maybe I will try it someday, but the prospect of another hobby is daunting at the moment.

As for me, I planned to work on a tunic.  I decided on a cute brown, white, and multiple shades of green stripey print.  The fabric was a rayon / polyester blend, nice and soft, very easily frayed and wrinkled.  I won’t go into too much more detail here, other than to say that is what I worked on during girls night.  The tunic will get its own post.  I do have to say that I was the only one who did not have a finished project at the end of the evening.  Possibly because I spent too much of my time attempting to decipher pattern instructions (have I mentioned that I hate pattern instructions?) and sticking myself repeatedly with pins.  I actually left a mark on my fingertip.  I probably need some protective gloves or something based on how frequently I poke myself during sewing projects.  Exhibit B: This reenactment has been dramatized.

It was quite a fun evening, before we knew it it was midnight.  To avoid turning into pumpkins, the girls went home.  Below are the finished projects (and my end of the night progress on my tunic).  Cheers!


1 comment for “Girls Night In: Sewing and Knitting and Pizza … Oh my!

  1. February 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Whoohoo for the sewing group! We need a name. Jen, I’m going to blatantly steal a couple of these pictures for my upcoming tunic post. I had so much fun this weekend – can’t wait to do it again.


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