Anyway, roughly thrice per decade, I get the urge to become June Cleaver and make things for my kids. It never ends well and only serves to remind me how much I would have hated being a 1950s housewife.
This year, my kids asked if "we" could make ragdolls. I obliged. We bought the fabric, the yarn for hair, buttons for eyes, embroidery floss for mouths, and the kids spent about 20 minutes each with a needle and thread, trying to sew the doll heads together. After 20 minutes, they left the rest of the doll creation process to me.
The dolls, however, aren't the problem. In fact, the dolls are finished and were quite easy to make. The problem is that I decided it would be "really cute" to make the girls pajamas to match the nightgowns on the dolls. But I decided instead of making nightgowns for the girls, I would make two-piece pj's - flannel pant/shirt comfy pj combos. This is where the problem starts.
I cut out the fabric, I sewed the tops together with little problem (though the neck holes appear extraordinarily large). I started sewing the pants according to the instructions (mind you, the pattern is called 'See & Sew' and is marked as being 'extremely easy for a beginner seamstress' - HA!): Step 1) Sew seam along inside legs. Done. Step 2) Sew crotch seam. Say wha..?
You see, I have tried pinning the fabric together in various arrangements to figure out how to make the crotch work and have been thus far unsuccessful. Either I end up with two completely separate legs, two legs in one pant with a giant hole in the crotchial area, or a crotch and unusable legs.
I so fail at being domestic, but I will post pics of my atrocities should I ever finish them.
My question while I wait for mommy's call is has anyone else made homemade gifts for anyone? What did you make? How did it turn out? Was it a good idea or a bad idea? Did you have to call for help or did you stick with what you know? Was it a success or an utter failure?
Or... has anyone ever made a homemade gift of some sort for you? Did you love it or hate it?
TL;DR version: I'm an idiot and if you're too lazy to read my thread, GTFO!
This post has been edited by BenignDesign: 22 December 2010 - 09:57 AM