What Ms. Jeannie Did on Her Christmas Vacation

Remember when you were in grade school and you had to write a paper or a theme, as it as called in catholic school, about what did over your holiday break? Well for some reason, this sort of reminiscence has always stuck with Ms. Jeannie, and she finds herself mentally recapping after every holiday and every vacation. So to continue the tradition…

What did Ms. Jeannie do during her Christmas vacation?

She learned how to sew!

Ms. Jeannie's first-ever sewing project: an apron!

Ms. Jeannie’s first-ever sewing project: an apron!

Thanks to her wonderful friend, Wendy, Ms. Jeannie got a crash course on Christmas Day that included all the sewing basics, while Mr. Jeannie Ology and Mr. Wendy cooked a  magnificent turkey dinner. Yes, dear readers, the ladies sewed and the men cooked and then they all came together to feast! It was a splendid holiday, indeed.

Wendy taught Ms. Jeannie a pattern that she picked up in a British sewing book. With a few slight modifications, Wendy taught Ms. Jeannie all the sewing basics at once.

They started with converting centimeters to inches and then cutting the cloth with those fun little triangle edged scissors. Next it was off to the sewing machine to learn how to thread the sewer and work the pedal. Boy those first stitches were thrilling! The tricky part was trying to keep the fabric straight.

Stitches for gathers. Combining two fabrics into one!

Stitches for gathers. Combining two fabrics into one!

As you know from previous posts, Ms. Jeannie comes from a long line of sewers, and she thinks inherently, that she will one day make a great one herself.  Two hours in, she was already starting to feel like a pro! When she attached the pockets she felt like she had built the Taj Mahal of aprons…

Ladies and gentlemen - we now have pockets!

Ladies and gentlemen – we now have pockets!

And then something scary happened. Wendy left the room. But wait, there was still more to do. The pockets had to be  re-enforced and the apron ties had to be made,  both of which Wendy had described in detail how to do but we had yet to practice.

“It’s sink or swim time,” she said as she left.

With nervous notions, Ms. Jeannie tried to remember all that she had learned. Keep it straight, keep it steady, don’t bunch and go slow.  She tapped the pedal, she fed the fabric, and wouldn’t you know that sewer did exactly what ms. Jeannie intended. Her first triangle stitch was created in an instant!

A triangle stitch is born!

A triangle stitch is born!

Ms. Jeannie just about cried with joy. A feeling of pure excitement and accomplishment on just about the same level as when she first learned how to write her name, read a book, ride a bicycle and drive a car.  A little wobbly to start, but  Ms. Jeannie felt like she just opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities.

The ties came next – a piece of cake!

The ties that tied it all together!

And there you have it! A five hour craft project involving fabric and thread, a machine and an iron, all to yield a useful household item. Ms. Jeannie is in love with her new found skills!

So much so that she is noticing and admiring all sorts of sewing handiwork about the house now… the duvet cover, the the lines of her new dress, the pleats in the couch pillows. Endlessly fascinating, they all are.

And of course Ms. Jeannie is eyeing all sorts of apron styles – now that she’s got this one under her belt, or tie, if you prefer.  Here are some of her favorites on Etsy… (click on each photo for more information)

Penelope Apron by boltsandyardsfabric

Penelope Apron by boltsandyardsfabric

Wilderness Apron by InnerWild

Wilderness Apron by InnerWild

Kitchen Apron by studiopatro

Kitchen Apron by studiopatro

The Urban Wrap Sewing Pattern by Modern Vintage Designs

The Urban Wrap Sewing Pattern by Modern Vintage Designs

And with Mr. Jeannie Ology in mind…

Leather Work Apron by CyclonaDesigns

Leather Work Apron by CyclonaDesigns

Mens Full Apron by SSatHome

Mens Full Apron by SSatHome

Yes indeed – this is a whole new world and Ms. Jeannie has big plans! Summer skirts, throws, pillows, bed blankets, dresses and definitely more aprons!

On a side note:

January marks the one year  anniversary of Ms. Jeannie’s Etsy shop and in celebration she is having a 24% off sale! Why 24%, you ask? Well it all started back on January 24th, 2012. Clearly that 24 is a good number! Use coupon code HAPPY2013 to receive your discount upon checkout.

As we get closer to the big day, Ms. Jeannie will be doing a little past year re-cap so stay tuned. In the meantime, stop by and have a peak at some of her new listings…

Celebration Sale!

Celebration Sale!

One thought on “What Ms. Jeannie Did on Her Christmas Vacation

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