Monday, January 14, 2013

She Made It!: a skirt (or two)

Late last year, just before we got inundated with birthdays and weddings and holidays (and an illegal camera placed on our property by the police, but that's a story for another day!), Miss M decided she needed a new skirt.  Since the madness hadn't started yet, I let her pick out some fabric and sew herself a skirt!

She picked a pretty paisley baby wale corduroy my mom gave her and a simple gathered-rectangle type of skirt with an elastic waistband.

This was really the first time I let her use my machine on her own.  She was very cautious about the much so that she sometimes forgot to guide the fabric, so focused was she on keeping her hands out of the way.  But she soon got the hang of it!

Her favorite part was using the iron to press the elastic casing and lower hem.  No pictures of that part 'cause my assistance was much needed.

She cut, pinned, stitched, and pressed all by herself!  I was there the whole time to tell her what to do next, but she really did it herself! 

Putting the elastic through the waistband gave her some trouble until she got the hang of it, but once she did, she managed to get all the way around!

Ta da!  Her very own, one-of-a-kind corduroy skirt!  She was SO proud of herself!  The first thing she did was text a picture of herself to my mom. Hehe...

Fast forward a few months to January.  Miss M got an invitation to her best friend's birthday party!  But what to give her?  Miss M decided she wanted to make a skirt for her friend too.  So she picked out some fabric: a cute cotton print and some cotton-blend eyelet.  She also picked some pretty pink fabric for a blouse (and picked the pattern too, Ottobre 2/2005, #11, but without the shirring across the front).

Of course, she had to try it on before she gave it away!  I'm told the birthday girl was quite pleased with her handmade gift!  And a bit amazed that a little girl just like her made the skirt.

Do you let your kids use your sewing machine?  If your kid could make anything they wanted, what would it be?

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  1. Way to go Miss M! She did a great job on both skirts.:)

  2. Very cool!! And I love the finished product - well done, Miss M! :)

  3. Cute! My daughter made herself a skirt last week and loved it too! She did a great job!

  4. Totally Awesome! My four-year-old wants to learn how, and I let her... with a lot of help and supervision.

  5. Not only did you do a great job on making two very pretty skirts, but your choice in fabrics show a great sense of style.

  6. Cutest skirt ever!!! What a fantastic job she did, I am super impressed!!!

  7. So amazingly adorable! I haven't let my daughter sew just yet, but she turns 5 next week and I can see us coming up with a little project to do together as a special treat to her. Now we just have to figure out how to keep the three-year-old brother busy while we try to sew in peace. He will have his turn sometime in the future!

  8. I love the corduroy skirt your daughter made, she did a great job

    1. Thanks! She's already outgrowing it. Good thing I have a decent stash of fabric for her to "shop" from and make a few more! :-)

  9. What a talented little girl and awesome Mom. Great job. Regena in TN.