Had I been a housewife in the 1950's I would have failed miserably. I do not own a single tube of lipstick, I am a terrible cook who hasn't the first clue how to make a casserole, and the last time I sewed something was an obscure pillow project in junior high. I think I got my first and only "C" in that class. I was lucky to even get that because, to be honest, I give myself a big fat "D" in domesticity. I'm okay with it.
That is about to change. We are the proud owners of an awesome marine-grade sewing machine from Sailrite and I am super excited about the possibilities of this beast. Not only can we use it to repair our sails, but this rugged machine (it can stitch through eight layers of Sunbrella!) is what I will use to make all sorts of goodies for our boat. This puppy has the potential to save us a lot of money and turn me into a DIY maven. For an idea of the awesomeness that is created with these machines, just check out the pictures on Sailrite's Facebook Page. Amazing. I'm going to start small, but armed with the Big Book of Boat Canvas, I plan to give my twelve year old self a little run for her money.
The first order of business is to make various lee cloths for Isla's bunk in the v-berth and a couple lee cloths that I can tie off to keep her contained in the main salon area and out of the galley. I have a rough sketch and idea of how I am going to do this and - dare I say - I think it's actually going to look good. I have decided to use phifertex mesh for this project because it's breathable, rugged, easy to clean and Isla and I will be able to see through it (I got two types: phifertex plus - the striped pattern - is not see-through and will be used for a decorative edge and regular phifertex - the navy blue - will be the middle bit) . All my sailing notions (fabric, needles, facing and grommets) arrived yesterday and the plan is to start sewing tomorrow. I will post more specifically about what I use and how I do it as I get underway. There is no turning back. This is happening folks.