Okay that was a bit dramatic. We aren't to the disaster phase yet because I carefully packed my patterns back up in their little packages and decided to do the pants and shirt that came in the same package as the dress that I already made (three times over). I'm hoping the shirt and pants will boost my confidence back up again, so I can make a try at something a bit more complicated.
Actually I'm starting to notice a pattern in my sewing endeavors. I should have realized it earlier, because it is very similar to the way I learned to knit. When I was learning cable knitting or intarsia or really any new knitting skill I would have to read about it and then think about what I'd read for a few days and process it. Then when I came back to try again everything that had seemed frustrating would somehow start to make sense. And then it would be easy.
So I'll finish up the shirt and pants I started today and pick another pattern and hopefully my theory will prove to be true again. Because out of the 10 easy patterns I got at Joann's sale this last week, only one looks like it might be in my skill range. And it involves more fabric than I have (in one particular print at least... I have quite a stockpile of fabric built up from quilting... just not 3+ yards of most of them).
Or maybe Sadie is just going to have an entire wardrobe of clothing that tie at the shoulders, because her Mommy is afraid to try to sew in a zipper or a button...
Putting an elastic waist on the pants is tomorrows project (I know some of you are probably shaking your head because it's such a basic easy thing! I am such a beginner at this!).
I have a feeling Sadie is going to end up with another three outfits before I get up the courage to try the next "easy" pattern from the bunch. And this one will not have ties!
I'm leaning towards a pattern that says "easy" in big letters, but that also involves a zipper and ruffles!
Baby steps... baby steps...
Someday I'm going to look back on the things that gave me trouble in these early sewing days and laugh. Unfortunately those days are still a way off and I think I have quite a few more "what do they mean by that?!?!" moments coming up in the next few months!