I’ve made my first creation with my HuskyStar sewing machine, a Christmas gift that I have longed to use (even stockpiled fabric and patterns since before I received the sewing machine) but have never actually gotten around to using it. That doesn’t matter now because the HuskyStar and I are now well-acquainted!
Despite my anger at myself for not using it sooner, I am so excited to be using it now! The purse from the thrift store was exactly what I wanted in a purse, but it doesn’t hold the things I need when out and about in Montreal (map, French/English dictionary, etc.). I decided to make a purse myself. I didn’t have a pattern for a purse, nor do I have a printer to print a pattern from BurdaStyle (if you’re interested in sewing, or are just curious, click the link!)–and I haven’t yet tried their “print to copy shop” feature. I decided to make my own pattern.
I haven’t sewn a thing on machine since early in high school, and even then I was a novice. For this reason, I was a little intimidated and afraid that I’d forgotten what I’d learned. Thankfully, it turned out to be just like riding a bike. I am not a talented or neat seamstress yet, but I know that will come with practice. For now, I’m having fun learning new skills…
Today, I ventured out with my new purse and went shopping in Montreal’s garment district, on Rue St. Hubert. It’s not New York’s or Toronto’s garment district, but it was still impressive to me! The shops are set up more like Mood (the fabric store featured in Project Runway) than JoAnn Fabrics–stacks and stacks of fabric bolts, not a lot of marked prices, and much more geared towards the experienced seamstress and fashion designer. It was as exciting as it was overwhelming, and it was mostly overwhelming because I had only a faint notion of what I wanted to buy. Anyway, it was loads of fun and I can’t wait to head back–once I figure out what other kinds of fabric I need, and have used up the green gingham cotton and yellow cotton I bought today!