Scribbles, Stitches, and Big Bias-Cut Butts

by doodaddy on May 19, 2007

Boo’s First Drawing

I try to avoid “My Baby Is So DAMN Amazing” posts, because, really, what baby is not remarkable? Besides, reportage about every single new word, skill, or poop quality seems to be just about what Margaret Mason was talking about when she wrote No One Cares What You Had For Lunch.

Neverthess, I’m here to report a Boobaby milestone: this week, she discovered that you can put pen to paper and make art. She has entered the Craft Age.

Fittingly, I, too, discovered a craft this week: I went to a sewing class.

We had a sewing machine on our wedding registry — an “aspirational gift,” I guess — , and I’ve used it once or twice. Honestly, though, the darn thing scares me. When I sewed as a drama major in college, I needed explicit instruction and the promise of a hedonistic cast party to motivate me. And the costume folks were grateful that all my seams were on the inside of costumes to be viewed from 60 feet away, or else they’d never have let me do them in the first place.

So I needed some basic instruction to get me going on the machine, and I found it at a cute little place called Stitch Lounge in a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood.

I was the only man in the class: predictable, I guess, even for artsy-metrosexual San Francisco. Although no one looked too surprised by me, it was clear from the instructor’s patter that I was a bit of an outlier.

“This is the stitch you would use for a gathered area, like on a waistband, or for you ladies, on your bra.”

Does she think I’ve never seen a brassiere? I’ve been pretty much obsessed with bras and their potential removal since 7th grade! If anything, I bet I have more intimate knowledge of the vagaries of bra construction than many women!

I chuckled and let it pass, until she mentioned that bias-cut patterns can…

“…be stretchy, which is good for you ladies’ butts.'”

My First Stitches

As it turns out, I don’t have a big butt, but neither did any of the women present. (Ahem… at least I don’t think they did, because, of course, I wasn’t looking.) The concept of “bias-cut patterns are good for areas that need a little stretch” is universal! Anyone here familar with bulging diapers?

Still, gender-bending aside, the class was fun. I learned basic machine use and made four, count ’em, four crappy stitches all by myself!

So this week I made my first stitches and Boobaby made her first scribbles. We were both awkward and tentative, but excited and filled with potential. And both events thrilled me so much that — going against my promise never to do this — I’ve written a true-blue my-baby-is-so-damn-amazing post.

Except, of course, that I’ve added a clause:

My Baby is So DAMN Amazing Because She Can Draw,
AND I’m So DAMN Amazing Because I Can Sew!

So now you’ve got two reasons not to read this!

Too late.

In the interest of credit-where-credit-is-due, I should point out that although I’d been wanting to take a sewing class for a while, it wasn’t until Mike of Cry It Out told me about Stitch Lounge that I got off my ass to actually do it. Once again — Thanks, Mike!

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chicago pop May 19, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Hey doodaddy-
We just met, over at Daddy Dialectic. A clicked over your way and came across this charming blog. Most importantly, however, your daughter’s drawing is vintage Cocteau. She’s off to a good start.


aimee/greeblemonkey May 19, 2007 at 7:43 pm

Love Boo’s drawing. Love it. Brag away.


doodaddy May 19, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Awww, thanks you guys!


cryitout May 19, 2007 at 10:59 pm

What a great drawing! And those stitches look pretty damn straight — way to go!


Jenny December 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Know what makes good practice? Homemade baby wipes. Take two of those disturbingly thin infant washcloths, put them together, and just do a straight stitch around the outside. Or you could cut an adult washcloth into quarters and do an overcast stitch on the edges – but of course that’s not *quite* as easy. These are perfect for wiping toddler hands/faces or for when you discover you’ve somehow run out of diaper wipes, and it will help build your confidence with the sewing machine.


Buy Sewing Supplies May 17, 2009 at 1:35 am

I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.


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