23 August 2018

Mini Seamstress


Back in June, my little then-8-year-old neighbor finished her first skirt, crafted from jelly roll strips I pieced together for her.




She loved the Berry Color Calypso fabric so much, I decided to buy a whole yard of the Garden Berry she liked best so she could make another skirt.

Now she's nine and back in school. We finally had a chance to put together the skirt she designed using this pattern, which she selected so she could have a twirly skirt.


She liked the version with the inset, but she wanted it longer. One yard wasn't enough. I pulled out my pink stash, and she selected two shades to lengthen the skirt.


I had to help her with the curved seams and the waistband, which is made from one of the jelly roll strips, but she handled her first zipper like a trooper!


I taught her how to make a scrunchie with the waistband leftovers. She started making scrunchies from the fabrics in my scrap boxes.


She can make a scrunchie all by herself in about half an hour now. She says she's addicted to scrunchies.




Linking up with Alycia Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict and My Quilt Infatuation.

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  1. haha she sure is having fun. Gonna need longer arms to fit all those scrunchies that she keeps making.

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    1. I think you’re right, Pat! But it’s also fun to have scrunchies to match every outfit and every mood. Speaking from person experience... :)

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  2. what a wonderful thing that is to help young girls learn to sew. I had a sewing day where my grandchildren boy -10 and girl 8 made tote bags. the boy is so much more interested in crafts, but they haven't asked to sew again. oh well.

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    1. Thank you, Aficanaussie! I love teaching children, and this particular girl is such an enthusiastic artist in the making! Keep on trying with your grands. One day they might be magnetically attracted to all things craft!

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  3. Oh my goodness - she is adorable!! and yay you for creating another sewing lover!!

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    1. Thank you, Alycia! She is so fun to teach! And yes, she will be addicted to fabric, just like me!

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  4. She achieved her twirly skirt--very cute.

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    1. Yes, she did, Rosemarie! Thank you!

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  5. It is so great that you take time to teach and help her. Hopefully this is the beginning of a lifelong love of stitching!!

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I think she will cling to sewing like I have. Designing, too! She is very artistic!

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  6. That is a most beautiful skirt!! I'm impressed at her choice of extra fabrics to lengthen the skirt and do the inset! Now she knows that there are options if you don't have enough fabric. Pretty scrunchies too.

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    1. Thank you, Ruth! She loves scrappy projects as much as new projects. I also was so impressed that she wanted to lengthen her skirt in this day and age!

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  7. Scrunchies are very addictive. What a great teacher/pupil combo. Keep it up.

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    1. And what a great way to use up some bigger scraps, Karen! Thank you! She is a joy, and I love teaching her!

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  8. What fun projects for your daughter.

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    1. Thank you, Kathi. She’s my neighbor, but I’m hoping one day to teach my granddaughters!

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  9. So darn cute. She has a good eye for putting fabrics together too!

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