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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Goldilocks' Jeans, A Sewing Fairytale

Once upon a time, there lived a (middle-aged) girl named Lady T Goldilocks. One fine day, she wandered into her sewing workshop and decided to sew a perfect-fitting pair of jeans. With a heart full of optimism and a hand full of denim, she started off.


Snip, snip went her scissors. Whirl, whirl went her Singer. A spool of golden topstitching thread later, she was done. So she slid them on.

“Oh no!” she cried, when she zipped them up and spied the funny things happening to her midriff fluff. “These are too small! They would fit Baby Bear.”

Poor Goldilocks was so disappointed! All that hard work! Project 3 was a disaster.

Gathering her supplies, Goldie tried again. (I told you she was a stubborn miss.) Determined to do better, she grabbed her best fitting books. Betzina, Palmer/Pletch, and Zieman had much good advice to give. Carefully Goldilocks altered her pattern, widening the waist and lengthening the crotch curve.

Snip, snip went her scissors. Whirl, whirl went her Singer. A spool of golden topstitching thread later, she was done. So she slipped them on.

“Oh no!” she cried, when she zipped them up and they slid down. “These are too big. They would fit Papa Bear if he didn’t mind wearing girly jeans.”





Poor Goldilocks was so disappointed. All that hard work! Project 4 was another disaster.

How sad, how sad, how sad. She stomped around her workshop. Bloggers Beth, Debbie, and Peter had made sewing great fitting jeans look so easy. It wasn't!

Finally, Little Miss Goldilocks sat her tuffet, comforting herself with a bowl of curds and whey. Along came Self-doubt, the Spider, who sat down beside her, and chased Goldilocks’ pluck clean away.

So, gentle reader, is this the end of the story, or just today's installment? Is Goldilocks an idiot for starting this project like the spider said?

Will she squash that spider, find her mojo and try again? Or will she head straight for the mall?

But the big question is: Will poor Goldilocks ever have jeans that fit “just right”?

-      Lady T

2 comments:

  1. Hi Tory, Brenda told me about your blog. Jeans huh? tough. Check out www.ericabunker.com - she got great fitting jeans and insists on a contour waistband. She uses a Vogue pattern. Palmer and Pletsch jeans always focus on that contour waistband.

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  2. Thanks, Julie, for the link. Erica is a fabulous sewist; her work is gorgeous!

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