My daughter's (very lovely) dance teacher was in a desperate state a few weeks ago - she needed some collars made for their upcoming dance concert and no one does dressmaking any more....
So I got a phone call.
I'm soooo not a dress maker. I used to be, but it's a muscle that you lose when you stop doing it. But she asked me, and was so grateful and what the hell, I can sew, why shouldn't help someone in need? I'm a clever sewer, I've got this. At least that was what I was thinking at the time.
I spent most of yesterday doing them, with a little help from she who knows everything about dressmaking but didn't offer to make them herself (Hi Mum!).
Tadah! I have now made twelve collars from the slipperiest, shiniest fabric known to man. And surprisingly, they are not awful. And surprisingly, they weren't that hard either.
I'm certainly not going to go into the dressmaking business, but I'm quietly rather chuffed with myself. As far as dance costumes go, they look alright! And I exercised the dressmaking muscle for another year.
I will not hem jeans however. Or replace zips. You go far away with those!
Have a lovely day.