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What was the first item you successfully sewed?
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Date: 5/7/13 5:53 PM

This question is more for the non-beginners to share what they did (and if it was a good idea or not). But any beginners who have completed something - share proudly!

What was the first sewing project you finished? Was it a garment? For you or someone else? Was it Home Dec, maybe a pillow, a placemat or curtains? Or something you quilted? Or was it more of a craft (like a toy, pouch, or tote)?

How did you feel about it? Learn something? Would you do something like it again?

I was recently reading through the early posts of a blog, and saw her discussing this (but it was 2010, so too late to get in on the discussion!).

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Date: 5/7/13 5:59 PM

So here's my response to my own question -

My first garment was wrap-around pants for a doll. My mother made me sew them by hand to prove I could sew a straight stitch before I was allowed to use her machine. Then I was allowed to make more using the machine. There was a pattern, but it was provided by my grandmother - so I'm not sure if it came from a commercial source or not. I may have been 10.

The first thing I made for myself (at least that I can remember) was a full circle skirt and loose fitting top/shell made from the same fabric. That was the summer between 6th and 7th grade.

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Date: 5/7/13 8:42 PM

The first thing I remember making was a pink floral cotton skirt. I made it without a pattern. I was about 12 and it was a big rectangle that got gathered at the top and a waist band applied and a zipper inserted in the back. I put a hhok and eye at the top of the zipper. I am now in my 60's and still remember the pattern and feel of the skirt. I wore that skirt to school many times; of course back then we could not wear pants to school.

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Date: 5/7/13 10:32 PM

My first was a tablecloth for the back yard table. One big rectangle with bargain cotton fabric.

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Date: 5/7/13 10:45 PM

I remember making doll clothes by hand sewing them when I was 5 or 6. My mom didn't let me use her sewing machine until I was much older. I remember making a peasant top with elastic in the neck and sleeves and a ruffled elastic waist skirt in home ec in 7th grade.
Fun question Donna.

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Date: 5/7/13 11:03 PM

The first thing I did when I was about 11 was a toddler shirred dress, similar to this one, but with poufy sleeves and a Peter Pan collar. It was the first year of my sewing class in junior high and the teacher made us do all the shirring by hand by first basting and then doing some embroidery thing on the front. The fabric we used was gingham so the little squares served as a guide to make our basting stitches even. The finished dress was a thing of beauty, in my eyes at least.

The first thing I did for myself was also at 11, a white poplin shirt. Fast forward to two years ago, after about 15 years of not sewing anything, I made myself a skirt with an elastic waist. It feels good to be back.

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Date: 5/7/13 11:22 PM

Around the age of 9, I was dragged to a 4H meeting where I learned to make a pot holder and bean bag on a treadle.

I was not a bit impressed until I received a ribbon and prize money at the local county fair, then promptly spent it on cotton candy and other junk!

PS: I cut chunk out of one of my Mother's wool blankets for the pot holder, so I guess you could say I as repurposing before it was the in thing to do.

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Date: 5/7/13 11:31 PM

I can't remember the very first thing I ever sewed. I know it was Barbie clothes though.
I do however still have the first official garment I ever made which was in 7th grade home ec....an apron. I actually use it every now and then. It still looks good.

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Date: 5/8/13 2:20 AM

I can't remember the first thing I sewed, but I have a very small, hand-sewn patchwork doll blanket that I must've made when I was pretty small. I remember making clothes for stuffed animals also.

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Date: 5/8/13 4:32 AM

I think this has a lot to do with age. As a child my hand sewing was doll clothes. My first machine was a skirt. Neither would have been a first choice in other stages of my life. Like having my first baby and sewing a quilt from fabric scraps for her (in 70's). Never again would do such tiny scraps, and turned me off quilting. First PJs were for grandson.
So things in common were straight seams and no fitting and fairly quick results (except that quilt top).
Once your body has matured (or if the child is obese) the fitting issues become so much more difficult to translate into a a quick and satisfying product.
The other key point is to sew something you are looking forward to using or wearing or seeing someone else use/wear if it is a gift.

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