Last year I was determined to learn how to ride sidesaddle and I did! This year I'm going to continue to ride sidesaddle and hopefully make it to a few shows and other events. I've discovered that I absolutely love all of the different riding habits I've seen but wow are they expensive!
So one thing leads to another..... I bought a used sewing machine last week. It was a heck of a deal and came with a sewing table and manual. I'm going to attemtp to learn to sew so I can *hopefully* make all kinds of neat things! We shall see! Thus far I've managed to spool the bobbin, thread the machine and do some basic sewing. It seems to be a really straightforward machine and has the option of straight or zig zag stitches.
Sunday I went to the fabric store and bought myself some nice yellow material and a pattern for a vest that said "Easy!" on the package. Well I'm not sure who's idea of "easy!" it is! LOL Actually it's not too bad once I figured out which pieces I actually needed and which lines to cut along. The tricky part was decipering all of the little symbols on the pattern. I must say I think it's going to take me more time to cut the pattern out and all of the fabric than it will to actually sew!
I thought perhaps it might be a little easier if I took a basic sewing course to help myself along. Might not be so much of an uphill battle that way. So I start on monday night at the local college.
I've also contacted a few people about starting up a sidesaddle club in Alberta. I think it will be a lot of fun! From what I've seen there are quite a few ladies that are interested in riding sidesaddle but don't know where to start or who to talk to. From my experience it was tough finding anyone that rode sidesaddle in Alberta. I think a club would make sidesaddle riding a lot more accesible to those interested. Stay tuned!