The Gift That Keeps On Giving

craftsy_bombshellI know that to most people, the idea of watching an online tutorial to learn how to do something wouldn’t exactly make their list of ways to spend their free time. But to me, an admitted crafty addict, I consider it pure bliss.

That’s why I’m so excited about one of the gifts I just received for my birthday: a gift card to Craftsy! OMG, there are so many options. I could learn how to make cheese, marmalade, or how to upcycle yardsale furniture. And I just might take ALL of these classes at some point in the future. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to say you make your own cheese? Just imagine your next dinner party, “Oh, this brie? Just something I whipped up myself.”

But after perusing the catalog of potential classes, I’ve decided to tackle Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress. Although I’ve been sewing things like doll clothes and tote bags, I haven’t yet been able to make anything that had to actually fit someone. A few years ago I tried making a dress for my daughter. Although I was proud of the final product (because it was my first time attempting an invisible zipper), it wasn’t without flaws. And it didn’t fit. Soon after, I gave it away at a children’s clothing swap. While I was bummed that my daughter couldn’t wear it, I was so pleased to know that at least someone could.

Since that first attempt, I’ve been a little shellshocked at the thought of trying to make a fitted garment. I mean, I sew a little like I cook: by winging it. I try to get the gist of how to make something and then tweak it to my own specifications. But just like you can’t wing a soap recipe (chemistry is chemistry, after all), you can’t wing fit. It requires precision and measurement and delving into the world of math that tends to make me break out in hives. Words, I love. Numbers, not so much.

So, what’s changed? Well, I recently had my third child and I’ve still got thirty pounds of baby-weight to lose. I’m having a hard time finding the time (and motivation) to get my weight under control. As luck would have it, a dear friend’s wedding is set for early June and nothing is a more powerful motivation to lose weight than a wedding—even if it isn’t yours! If I can pull it off, it’ll be a win-win. So by taking this one Craftsy class, I’ll be inspired to lose weight and get fit, which will be made even more awesome by attending my friend’s wedding wearing a dress that fits me like a glove that I made myself.

Just looking at the projects created by class participants is so inspiring! A few of my favorites:

What I love about these projects is that they are all so different. I’m excited to learn how to make this basic dress because these finished projects show how a few small tweaks can result in a completely new look. Now I’m off to enroll in the class and choose some fabric. Fabric stores + me = kid in candy store. Thankfully, this kind is calorie-free.

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