Thursday, January 26, 2012

{On My Heart} where I learned to sew.

A few afternoons ago, I found myself thumbing through the quarterly alumni magazine that I receive from BYU. 
My heart stopped when I saw a picture of my old stomping grounds....
the sewing lab.
(cue background screams and scenes of me pulling out my hair).
Floods of emotion came over me as I bent over to look at this picture closer.
hours spent in that sewing lab! 
always the last one to leave.
more hours. 
its midnight?
i'm not done!
its due tomorrow?
breathe. breathe.
my most demanding college classes. 

Here's my story:

I signed up for Beginning Sewing the first semester of my sophomore year. 
I literally walked into the class not knowing how to read a pattern, not knowing what a seam allowance was, not even knowing how to thread a sewing machine.
The class was daunting and incredibly intimidating to me. 
I didn't really want to learn how to sew, but at the same time I did want to learn. 
Does that make sense to anyone?
I knew it would benefit me (and a future family) the rest of my life.
So I stuck with it. 
After my first imperfect, yet wearable project (pictured below), I began to er, maybe, um, if you twist my arm, like sewing.
I decided that making stuff could be kind of fun (and completely challenging)!

Here a few articles I made in my beginning sewing class:

One of my favorite professors, Dr. Burnham, is featured in the article.
She was my advanced sewing, patternmaking, and drafting professor at BYU. 
And yes that's right.... Doctor. 
She's got a PhD in the field. 
She taught and inspired me in so many ways... 
to overcome my fear of sewing,
to make my own clothing,
to try things without a pattern,
how to make my own pattern!

Sadly my daughter got to the magazine before I had a chance to take a picture of it...
I had the article sitting on my desk, and she thought it would be a fun place to circle all the words she had learned in kindergarten. It totally looks like she has drawn horns on Dr. Burnham like a cruel yearbook picture. But I assure you, it's a heart because "I thought is was pretty, mom!" (So Dr. Burnham, if you ever read this, I hope you take that as a compliment)!

One of the gems of the article was a link I found to several online video tutorials of Dr. Burnham explaining techniques. I've watched a few of the videos over the last few days, and I'm taken back to that classroom, being utterly confused and asking a million questions. Dr. Burnham was so patient with me, and I learned priceless lessons while in her presence. Happy Retirement Dr. Burnham!

I'm so thankful I learned how to sew!

Here is the link to her online video tutorials.

PS- Next week I'll be telling you more about my college major (Family and Consumer Science Education) and why I chose it. If any current or former FACS majors are reading this, I would LOVE for you to leave a comment so I can "meet" you!

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  1. I graduated in Home and Family Living at BYU with an emphasis in clothing construction so I lived in the sewing labs too! I just graduated a year ago. I was following along So You Think You Can Sew and heard about Sew-Vivor. I'm thinking of entering once I hear more about it!

  2. I just read that article too!!!! And had fond memories of Dr. Burnham!! She was my professor there before they changed the whole program - when we had the old sewing labs. I am really not that old - I was there in 1995-1997. She was awesome and I too have good memories of her classes as well as other professors!

    How amazing to find another blogger with the same college sewing experience! I knew I found a kindred spirit in your blog!

    Thank you for your inspiration in everything! I am new to blogging and yours was one of the first I grabbed onto.

    Visit me and follow if you'd like. I'd be honored!

  3. I must admit that I'm not the best sewer there ever was! LOL! I even took a sewing class in college but didn't learn much because I had my mind on other things. I am regretting it now!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our free for all party. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for some shout outs! Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. What a nice post...great to learn more about you! Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

  5. Awesome! I wish I would have taken sewing classes while I was at BYU. Off to check out the video!

  6. Well I can't wait to read about your major! And I have to admit I'm a little bit jealous: I spent my college years slaving away in piano lab, rehearsal halls, and practice rooms with my cello. The thought of taking a sewing class sounds amazing!

  7. What a good idea to have your kindergartener circle sight words! Love it.

    That is really neat that you got to take sewing classes at BYU. How fun! Although I know BYU tends to make things that should be fun...very stressful! :)

  8. I didn't graduate in the major, but I took all the classes, and even got to TA for quite a few semesters. I loved the time I got to spend there, and sometimes wish I could just call her up with a question! Really excited to see the video tutorials. Thanks for posting the link!!

  9. I'm a FACS major right now! I'm graduating in December.

  10. I am going into FACS Education. I am starting at BYU for summer term next week! I'm taking clothing construction and I googled the class and came across your blog. I was trying to figure out whether I should take my sewing machine to school with me...


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