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27 November 2013

A Little Dress





Sarah says often, much to my parent's dismay, that she wants to be a "fashion designer" when she grows up. Don't worry Mom and Dad, remember Lizzy said she wanted to be a garage when she grew up, and Anna said she wanted to be a baby when she grew up. We usually change our minds a few times.

Since she was here for a visit, I thought it would be fun to give Sarah a little bit of a "fashion designer" experience, and let her pick out the materials for and help create her own dress. Originally, she had the idea of basing a dress for her on the pretty dresses in the American Girl doll magazine, but then I told her that we should wait and see which patterns and fabrics the store had to offer. In the end, she told me, "I decided not to copy an American Girl dress because I didn't want to be a plagiarist."

Some almost-7 year olds use words like plagiarist in context. That cracks me up.

At the store, I steered her towards a simple pattern--I didn't think a complicated pattern where I had to do most of the  construction would be much fun for everyone else. The purpose of this project was for Sarah and the other younger girls to experience making something to wear, not for me to show off! Sarah walked through many different aisles of fabric, saying, "This is nice!" about every 5 seconds, but this white, pink, and purple flower pattern is what she fell in love with. She picked out a turquoise button and ribbon and we were all set!

I walked them through all the steps, from pre-washing and drying the fabric, to carefully laying out the pattern pieces and cutting them out of the fabric. We threaded the machine together. Sarah was too small to press the foot pedal and control the fabric at the same time, so first she guided the fabric while I pressed the pedal, and then she stepped on the pedal while I guided the fabric. The older girls each got a chance to spend some time at the machine too, though Anna was the one who stuck with it the longest. I helped with the little bit of gathering that the sleeves required because it was a little more tricky. Anna hand-sewed the button on at the end, and Sarah had her dress finished just in time to wear it to her birthday party!



Crafting with little ones can take a little more time than just "doing it yourself" but the memories and the skills you learn are priceless! I remember working on scrapbooking and embroidery projects at a young age with my mom and loving it. Have you ever had the chance to do some crafting with the young people in your life?

23 comments :

  1. The dress is very pretty! Good for you for not just making it for her but helping her with the process, I'm sure it took longer but it's something you'll both remember doing together and the memories we make with our families are more important than finishing a project quickly. My son has asked my mother to teach him to sew and he wants me to teach him to cross stitch so he is getting some beginner projects for Christmas this year and I'm sure we'll have fun helping him make them.

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  2. Wow! You girls did an amazing job! Her dress is beautiful, just like her. :)

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  3. I tried with my limited sewing ability to teach my niece how to sew. She made a little bag. We both had fun.

    BTW the dress is amazing! She must feel so proud.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. This is so fun that you were able to do this together! And the Lord needs Christians in all kinds of careers, so even if she DOES choose that path, hopefully your parents will come to terms with it. ;)

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  5. You are like the sweetest big sister ever! I bet she'll always remember this, even when she's outgrown the dress.

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  6. She is absolutely the cutest and I love that you guys did this whole project together!!

    Are your siblings home schooled? Because I don't know any other 6/7 year olds that could even pronounce "plagiarist," let alone use it in a sentence. Correctly.

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  7. That's so cute. I want to learn how to sew!

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  8. How fun!!!! That's so wonderful that you gave your sisters this experience. :-)

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  9. That's so pretty!! They are so lucky to have a sister like you Rachel.

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  10. That is great that you were patient enough to let the girls help. My kids love to help me sew, but I need to be more patient :)

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  11. I love this! Plus I think it is really important to learn how to sew. My mom taught me a little bit, but we definitely didn't do it enough together for me to feel confident to do any sewing on my own.

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  12. I love this story! She looks adorable, and what great memories she will have!
    -Carylee
    morepom.blogspot.com

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  13. Hi Rachel! I loved your comments about what we want to be when we grow up. A baby? That's hilarious!!

    And for you to help out a little one with a dream to design is so fun. Loved the little dress, and the proud smile too. You are encourager, my friend :)
    Ceil

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  14. How sweet and patient of you! And the dress turned out so well!

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  15. Such a pretty and cute dress! You have a young designer on you hands :)

    Hugs, Beata

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  16. Oh! I love her dress and it's SO cool that you know how to sew and use patterns! I've always wanted to learn, but any attempt I've ever made has come out terribly.

    As far as not plagiarizing- that's awesome too! Maybe she should alert the fashion world to stop recycling trends and come up with new stuff instead of taking old ideas and revamping them. :)

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  17. This is so cute! It reminds me of what I want to do with my little girl one day! So funny that she was able to use that word in context. ;) Thank you for sharing with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back to see if you are featured. xo

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  18. Working with children require a lot of patience, Rachel. and it seems that you have it. I wanted to do the same for my son as we prepare our house to move in, lots of painting is required. So I asked him to help. A few minutes into a task like painting and I was ready to pull my hair out. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

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  19. I really like your new dress. I think this is my new recommended outfits too :) I wish I could have capabilities like yours and I really like how you released this on my birthday!!!! I really wish I could get one of your outfits I just really like them :)

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