Tuesday, August 12, 2014

my daughter's first successful design

I have 2 dress forms that both of my girls use to pin on various scraps.  It's so fun to see what they come up with.  This happened quite by accident as I like to grab a little bit of sewing time during the day when the light is good in my sewing area.  I usually turn a show on for the kids and sew for a few silent minutes.  But shows don't work as well as they used to and their curiosity of sewing is starting to grow. 

One day they just started adding some leftover scraps to the forms and it went from there. I lowered the ironing board and let them iron all of their scraps too.  Jasmine has been sewing since she was 4 1/2.  (She's now 7.)  She has her own little Hello Kitty machine (although uses my machines most of the time) and I have no problems letting her go without me even in the same room as her.  She's always been one of those kids that is very conscious of what is going on around her and careful to do it right.  (My other child on the other hand - well, we've attempted sewing, but I just know she will most likely experience  a needle in her finger and I would like to delay that for as long as possible!)

Anyways, back to the designing.  I give them complete free reign of the pins, scrap bins and iron.  As hard as it is for me to let my precious scraps be cut and manhandled I just concentrate on how this will all grow their love of fabric and all things sewing.  Look away - breathe -  look away..

The other day Jas stayed home with her dad while I went out.  When I came home she brought me over to the dressform and said, "Mom, I need help making this into something that will fit me."  Keep in mind this is a large size dress form.  I am so kicking myself for not taking a photo of it at that stage.  I think she had at least 100 pins stuck everywhere in it, but the overall look of it was a do-able dress.  She wanted to sew it right then and I wanted to rest, after all it was a Sunday afternoon, but she was so excited and I said I would at least sew together the top for her.  As I  sewed, it started to really come together and before we knew it I had it all assembled. 

I was so proud of her.  She wore it for the rest of the day. 

Shown here it needed the neck adjusted a little smaller and I still had not hemmed the bottom.  The next morning she was off for a stay with her grandparents and just had to wear it for them so we finished it up and off she went.  It sort of had the feel of a 20's dress but with lots of modern color.  I can't wait to see what her next creation is!