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Monday, July 18, 2011

Learning to Sew

She looked up at me and said “How old was Sissy when she learned how to use your sewing machine?”. “Oh, around seven”, was my reply.  “I’M SEVEN!”  That’s how it all started. We ended up taking the whole day to sew. The first thing I did was get her used to the machine, threading it, changing the bobbin. Then she started straight stitching on some scraps. Once she had all that down she worked on curves and corners. I don’t enjoy practice exercises, who does? Once I could sense she was getting the hang of it I asked her what she would like to make. She said, “Abigail needs some underwear, she can never leave the house because she doesn’t have any underwear. She can’t even go in the car”. 
Abigail is her favorite doll. She used to be in my grandmother’s doll collection. Abigail is almost as old as I am. She has been waiting a long time for some underclothes. My daughter knew exactly what she wanted. She picked out the fabric and lace and did all of the sewing herself. The pattern is from a favorite book of ours, The Dolls Dressmaker. It’s the only book you will ever need of this type. 

As soon as the drawers were done of course she needed an undershirt to go with it. Abigail has been wearing only this for a few days now because it’s so cute and since it is summer I think she can get away with it.


  1. Oh my goodness, I love it!! OK, now she knows more than I do:)

  2. Seriously?!! A 7yo did that on her first day of sewing? Now I know I have no hope. :-) This is further proof that you and S**** have passed on your artistic talents to your gifted daughters. That's awesome. Plus, now your Grandma's doll will have extra special meaning for her, too, every time she remembers her first sewing machine project.
    Tell your little one that if I had underclothes that looked like that, I'd only wear those all the time, too. Maybe I'll have to hire her!

  3. You know what, Famaddict- She has done so much hand sewing for a couple of years now, some of those skills carry over to machine sewing. Have hope--you can do it!! Also, she has to do absolutely everything her big sister can do.

  4. These are adorable! What lucky and talented girls you have! When my girls were younger we used "wardrobe for dolly" patterns found in a 19th century set of children's encyclopedias! Thanks so much for sharing, it brought back good memories.

  5. That is darling! With our heat here, I wish we could all dress like that:) I'm going to check into that book. My eldest enjoys sewing. . . but I'm a challenged seamstress. Two sisters are wanting to give it a try. Maybe the book would motivate and help me.
    Here's to many more happy sewing projects for your girl!

  6. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I can't decide which is sweeter, the story or the undergarments!

  7. love. this. post.
    just beautiful!

  8. What a great way to learn to sew. Thanks for the post.