Sweet Sewing

My kids often ask “Mom can we make a craft?”

“Can we do ___?”

Sometimes the answer is “Yes, of course we can make something!”

Other times, it’s “No we can’t today, I’m sorry!”

When my oldest daughter asks “Mom, I want to sew something, can we?”  The answer is always “YES!”  I’ve always enjoyed sewing and I am so excited to share it with my kids.  Spending time with my grandmother as a kid, she taught me to sew.  I learned to make clothes for my barbies, while she would make clothes for me.  I was in awe.   I received my first sewing machine for Christmas when I was in the sixth grade.  Intimidated by it at first, once I learned how to use it there was nothing that I would not try to make.

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Sadie learned hand sewing last summer.  One of her favorite things that she made was a very cute little stuffed pink cat.  So it seemed like time to learn sew on a machine.  I’m looking forward to buying a sewing machine for her, a real one!  Not just one of those little toy ones.  We decided on a peasant dress.  They’re so easy and straightforward, seemed like a good starting point for her.  It’s not a project that I begin with when I give lessons to others, but I know her abilities and felt confident that she could do it.2014-03-23 02.09.31-2i

I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see her sewing, to see her confidence rising.  She was so proud to try on the dress that she made.  I was so proud to see her in it.  Isn’t she cute??

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There are so many wonderful resources out there for making peasant dresses.  So many different style and takes on it.  I love them, they are so versatile.  Dress them up, dress them down.  Love them with leggings and boots!  Here are a few to try out.  Have fun, enjoy your creation!

Sweet Little Peasant Dress

Girls Peasant Dress

Com-pleat-ly Perfect Peasant Dress

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Too Cute Ruched Shorts

I found this adorable owl fabric at Joann’s back in March.  Having no idea what I was going to make with it,  I bought it because it was too fun to pass up.  Originally I was thinking a dress or a skirt.  At some point I ran across this pattern for cute ruched shorts.  It seemed like a perfect use for the fabric.  The pattern was so quick and easy that I ended up making a couple of pairs for both of my girls.  The ones pictured are on my two year old.  I loved that you can adjust the length!

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They are still a little big on her, but they’ll be great for next summer.  E approved of them, calling them her “hoo hoo” shorts.  The style really lends itself well to older and younger girls.  Truthfully, thought about making some for myself, but decided against it…for now.

 

 

2014-05-21 10.53.24If you’re looking for a quick and girlie shorts pattern this is the one for you.  Check it out, too cute ruched shorts by Coles Creations..