On several occasions in the past year, I have blogged about by GD Mira’s progress in learning to sew. She has been very eager to learn to sew however because we see each other infrequently, there are months between lessons. (When we move from Philly to Wisconsin this will change).
On our last visit to Wisconsin and after not being together for about 3 months, Mira couldn’t wait for her lesson. On a phone call before our visit she asked if we could have some special time together: “I have something special to show you”. I wasn’t sure of what was up but now I know that she was excited about her “creation”.
Once again this turned out to be a lesson for me. I didn’t understand that she wanted to “create” and I was thinking that she wanted to sew. Now I understand these to be distinctly separate goals. I came to the after-school lesson with a piece of pre-smocked sun-dress fabric, thinking this would be a quick win. She could sew up the side seam and add ribbon for the straps. Quick and easy and she would have a sense of accomplishment. Wrong I was.
About a year ago, Mira received a Fashion Design Kit, which includes a small dress form. For a long time she didn’t play with it but prior to our lesson she draped the dress form with several pieces of fabric. She had ever so carefully pinned her design onto the dress form (sorry, I forgot to photograph) and some of the pieces were already hand-stitched. In the following photo you can see where she hand-stitched a small collar and as well as the back seam on the leopard fabric for the jacket.
Together we discussed options and decided on a plan to convert her idea into an outfit for her Barbie Doll. Mira used the machine to sew the jacket to the skirt, dictating that the length of the skirt had to be “just right”. Somehow I needed to construct sleeves, which were a part of her intended creation. Together we pulled it off, and then she sewed a red ribbon onto the outfit – the perfect alternative to sewing on snaps; or worse, a buttonhole and button. Last of all Mira sewed several sequins on the top to make it ever so special.
And here is the proud girl with her creation.
For many reasons, I can’t wait to live nearer to our GD; having more time to teach Mira to sew is at the top of the list. She really enjoys it and already understands that it’s a creative outlet.
Note: If you’re thinking of purchasing a Fashion Design kit, please be aware that the model/dress form is quite a bit larger than a Barbie doll. This was a little bit frustrating but in the end we were able to use a real Barbie to assure that the dress would fit properly.