Friday, June 25, 2010


This week I dared to try a little stitching during the day.  I didn't get too far before Aria was imploring me to help her make a wedding dress.  Apparently, a wedding dress is strapless and long - really long.  She wanted to attach a blue playsilk to the hem of her pink and white hibiscus print sundress and remove the straps.  Um, err....

I steered her towards the concept of classic white, honestly hoping she might toss the idea so I could get back to work.  But, of course not.  She simply suggested I get some white fabric!  So, abandoning all hope for my project, I sent her to fetch this white petticoat dress of sorts that she's been wearing as a nightgown.

Here she is proudly pinning her chosen purple chiffon to the hem of the dress.  It was her first time at this type of pinning.  When we went to stitch I realized that I had forgot to emphasize that ideally the dress hem and chiffon should be pinned together without gathering either fabric.   But, as Aria says, "It's ok, Mommy!"

After pinning Aria chose a thread color for the machine stitching.  She worked the sewing machine foot peddle while I fed the fabric into the machine and removed the pins.  She prefers to go painfully slow.  Her favorite part of machine sewing is choosing a stitch.  After much consideration and reconsideration, she chose this wavy pattern which shows up quite nicely, I think.

So, there you have it.   One loooong wedding dress!  Aria handstitched a leftover chiffon scrap to a headband to create a veil, so I think we're all set for the big day.


  1. I love this. I am so committed to teaching my girls how to sew...but find myself baffled since I'm learning to sew myself at the same time! Patience seems to be the key to it all though. Hope your little bride is enjoying her creation.

  2. I agree, I am committed to teaching my children to sew! I think it's a shame that I went so long without this skill because it really does free you up to make more of your own life. And the possibilities for gifting are endless. Yes, it does take loads of patience, though. My daughter loves to start new projects but rarely finishing anything. It's hard to know if I should push that at this age.

  3. Aww so sweet!! Your girl is WAY more advance than I was at that age...I made tube dresses for my Barbies by cutting the feet out of dress socks. She's destined to be a famous designer for sure!

  4. That's so neat! Where's the picture of her wearing it?


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