Bailey will start pre-school on April 10, but before that a monumental task awaits. The kind that involves Thomas and Friends fabric and straight pins and elastic and scissors. The kind of thing that I am absolutely, positively NO GOOD at doing.
"How bad?" you might ask. Let's see if these will answer your question.
- In junior high, I took a home economics class. The last three or so weeks of school were devoted to sewing. We were supposed to sew and stuff pillows in the shape of letters that spelled out our name or initials or whatever. Six letters in my name. I should have been able to manage that. At the end of three weeks I only had a very lopsided T to show for all my effort.
- My sisters and I used to use material scraps to make dresses for our Barbie dolls. If I couldn't get the dress to fit just right I would pin it..... to the Barbie doll. In another tragic turn of events I once amputated a Barbie foot. I was trying to shorten a skirt and ended up shortening Barbie's foot as well.
- Frustrated and tired I once begged my sister to work the pedal of the sewing machine while I guided the fabric through and did some kind of presser foot magic. Did I ever mention I am not a multi-tasker????
That is how bad I am. That is why I still haven't finished the cross stitch blanket that I started for Bailey when I first found out I was pregnant with him. That it why at Bailey's last field day the name tag that I had sewed to his shirt was hanging on by a thread before the introductions were even finished. That is why I am paying someone else to make all the bags that Bailey needs for pre-school.
Why not just buy them? Because they have to be a certain size and I am having trouble finding the sizes that he needs. And the sheer quantity, the amount of things needed would make even the most experienced sewer have to re-group. Three bags for shoes (one for street shoes, one for his indoor shoes and one for his playground shoes), a bag for his milk cup, a bag to put a change of clothes in, a bag for his play pants (the pants also have to be handmade), a lesson bag, a bag for his lunch box, a couple of bibs and place mats and I am sure there is something else I am forgetting.
I am paying an arm and a leg to have someone else make them for me. I am paying an arm and a leg because I am sew not cut out for it.