We are the little known Sewing Faeries and we have decided to take over Meredith's Blog for the day. We love to cause a bit of mischief here and there and she has given us the perfect opportunity. She is out for a walk with her dog Max on a rare Friday off, something about one of her little ones having strep throat, can't go to work....blah, blah, blah. So here we are!
For those of you that sew we visit you every once in a while to give you inspiration and to help you through a tough project. All of that helping you achieve sewing greatness can take its toll on us, you see we are Faeries and we do like to have a bit of fun.We are the ones who move your scissors or laugh hysterically when you can't find the reading glasses that are propped on the top of your head.
Meredith was like the perfect storm to us. We spotted her in Joann's one day marching purposefully to the Clover crochet hooks, she had that air about her, a bit too cocky about her yarn skills. We knew from her past history that she had some sewing experience, limited at best to Halloween costumes and placements, but she had some experience and that was a plus. We knew she had a sewing machine and a serger, which to us means twice the fun. We helped her to slow down as she walked by the fabrics and notice the beauty all around her, usually she only is drawn by the yarn fumes in the store, fabrics she did not ever seem to notice. We magically put 40% off coupons in her purse and enticed her to walk by the very simple, super easy, patterns section. We knew if we were going to nail her the pattern would have to be on a display rack, this woman was not going to sit and flip through pattern books. Then it happened she reached for a simple dress, six pieces of fabric stitched together with some elastic, and poof you are done, it seemed easy enough.
Meredith bought everything we told her to by whispering in her ear. She took it all home and but it in a bin. We waited, waited and waited some more for the perfect time to help her make this dress. A three day weekend seemed perfect. Normally a dress of this easy level should only take an hour or two, but with Meredith we decided to have some fun. You see she is extremely menopausal, her hormones are all over the place thanks to the Hormone Faeries. She gets very confused and easily overlooks the simplest direction, ah she was the perfect candidate for some Faerie fun.
First we confused her with the pattern layout, then we kept breaking the thread on her serger, it was a hoot. But when she put the arms in upside down, twice well that was priceless, we could not have asked for more fun, and she did that one all on her own!
Finally we felt she had had enough, bless her, she needed to complete that dress before too long or we knew she would never sew again. She is such a fun subject we knew we did not want to be done with her quite yet. So we helped her sew the sleeves on, in the right direction, she is a therapist after all you would think she would know that your arms do not grow out of your waist.
We helped her put the elastic in the sleeves, neck and waist without it getting too caught up on the inside seams.
And we helped her to hem the bottom of the dress, of course it is a bit wavy, her first project in ages can't look that good. After putting the finished dress on Caroline the dress form we helped her to step back and take a good look. Keep in mind Caroline has no waist, or hips, well she has no bust either but neither does our student Meredith. Caroline is looking pretty snazzy in the super, simple dress that has now taken Meredith about a week to finish.
We had so much fun at Meredith's expense we had her stop by Joann's again yesterday on her way home from work, those 40% off coupons are working in our favor. She picked up this linen blend, with little flowers for a steal. We might have her hooked.
Oh no what is this? Speaking of hooked she has started something new, Lord that girl has a short attention span. We saw her outside yesterday evening playing with yarn and swinging, with the most sublime look on her face. This new African Flower is what we found in her basket. We knew she was up to something when she looked so content. We had better get busy and not let the Crochet Faries have a laugh at our expense.
Oh, and by the way, when she shows you pictures of flowers she is trying to distract you from looking too closely at the things she has made. I mean we love flowers we are Faeries after all, but even sweet little roses should not divert your attention from her projects, and all their irregularities.
We better get going we see her walking up the driveway with that Max, he knows when we are around and growls at us a lot, which only makes Meredith lose her concentration and adds to our fun. We might go a bit easier on her with dress number 2, I mean it is the exact same pattern, what could go wrong?