Tuesday, January 17, 2012

sewing time with my girl

Yesterday the kids were out of school for Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  A three day weekend is always nice, however, with several days of meetings last week, I found myself behind entering the weekend. I never like that feeling.  Monday morning came, and I thought I would tackle my {small} to do list and then it was going to be quality time with the kids.

That to do list was quickly (although reluctantly, if I'm honest with myself) scratched as I realized Miss Emma needed something to do to avoid the quickly approaching boredom.

EG sewing

I suggested we sew some clothes for her dolls to which she enthusiastically agreed.  She's shown an interest in sewing with the machine, so I need to seize the opportunity to teach.  We searched the ever popular Pinterest and found what we were looking for.  A quick look through my stash of leftover material and we found the materials we wanted.  Of course, I picked out about four different outfits (yes, the ever ambitious mama).

happy girl

What I love about this pattern is that it's really versatile.  With the simple bodice, you can then make a dress or a shirt like we did.  What I didn't realize about this pattern is that I needed to print it between 120-130% to get the size I needed for the doll.  I swear the doll in the photo looked just like Emma G's doll, but after we sewed the first shirt, it was more the size for a Barbie.  I also didn't pay attention to the "fold."  It wasn't printed on the pattern so it wasn't until after I cut the pieces, that I saw that important piece of info.  So...pay attention to the fold or you'll have lots of weird shaped scraps!

new doll clothes

Those little setbacks didn't seem to hinder the spirit.  I kept hearing her say, "This is so fun!"  She even picked out a business and website name for us. :)  And don't you just love the buttons she wanted added to the shirt?  I went to bed envisioning our next project and find myself today only wanting to sew doll clothes!  I'm so glad I ditched the to do list for time with my sweet girl.  It was the best three hours of my day.

12 comments :

Tracy Jo said...

So cute! Emma will never forget those special moments with you. :-)

MaryAnne said...

What wonderful mother-daughter time!

tinajo said...

That´s so nice - a great time for you both! :-)

Renee said...

What a cute doll shirt! Even more important is the time that you were able to spend with your daughter. I taught my daughter to sew but she really doesn't like it. She pushes the foot pedal like a race car! lol

So glad you had a great time with your daughter!

Them Pates said...

I'm so glad you ditched that to do list :) It's usually those spontaneous moments that end up being some of the most enjoyable and memorable. My mentee is interested in sewing, so she helped me finish a simple pillow the other day.
Any other ideas for some simple sewing projects we could do?

Cascia Talbert said...

That outfit is darling. My girls had the day off yesterday too. It was nice to have them home. We are getting a big snow storm this afternoon and for the next few days so they might have a snow day tomorrow and be home again.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Big giant smiles from this direction!!!! blessings ~ tanna

{amy} said...

Good for you ditching the to do list! In hindsight, I wish I had done that more often when my girl was little. The doll clothes are super cute!

{btw, I finished my first scarf & started one for my baby girl!}

Leovi said...

Nice photos, I like this excellent frame with magnificent light, color and exquisite shades. Lovely girl with her ​​doll.

Elisa | blissfulE said...

Fabulous! What a well-dressed doll and happy doll-mama. :) Good reminder about skipping the to-do list, too.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

That outfit is so cute! What a great day! I remember making doll clothes with my mom too... wonderful memories. :)

Mary said...

Fun times with Mom - such sweet times...

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