Friday, May 28, 2010

Little Mama

Well, I knew this day would come but I didn't think it would happen this quickly. K has always loved to embroider with me, but ever since I started using my sewing machine more she has been really antsy to give it a try.


C picking fabric for K to use

I don't feel quite ready to have her use a machine just yet (never mind she couldn't reach the pedal anyways) so I needed to find some kind of compromise. She told me she really wanted to make clothes for her baby dolls. I went to my studio/sewing room hoping for some inspiration. Out of the corner of my eye I spied a lovely package that I won from Julia at Adirondack Mama (Who makes me miss my hometown in New York so much). Inside of it was all kinds of fabric pieces that I had yet to organize and put away. I grabbed a handful of them, some embroidery floss and a sharp needle and brought it all to K.


Starting to sew

I showed her how to hand sew and within minutes she was cutting fabric and sewing away. Here's her first completed outfit - a cape and skirt for Purple Grandma Baby (C gave her that name):



She was oh so proud of herself! She now has a basket of fabric, embroidery floss and a sharp needle (stored in a glass jar so C can't get to it) in her art cabinet so she can create doll clothes whenever she desires. I actually caught her sewing in bed last night - be still my heart! I have a feeling our dolls are about to have a whole new K-made wardrobe.


Bed head :)

Wishing you all a magical Memorial Day weekend!

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35 comments:

Joy said...

She did such a fantastic job! I love it. <3 Such a great little mama she is. :)

cat said...

i love it..:) xi has been sewing alot too. she makes bags to store her treasures in as well as little gifts for me....;)

i love it when they are being creative, makes my heart just sing!

great job K!!! i love you little lady...xoxoxoxo

Megan said...

That is just the sweetest! I can't wait until my girls are old enough to sew. I have fond memories of my grandmother teaching me how to sew and embroider at age 4. Wonderful!

May you have a joyous Memorial Day Weekend!

CAM said...

Oh how beautiful that she is so eager to sew....no doll will be without. Lovely.

boatbaby said...

So sweet! I loved when Zach started sewing, and he comes up with ideas and fabric combinations I wold never dream up. It's such a fabulous exercise for little ones on so many levels! And the irony in our family is, I don't know how to sew, but just made the supplies available to him. So we learn together :)

healing hillary said...

sewing with the girl....so fun!

erin said...

That is so sweet. How old is K? Whenever I hand sew my daughter asks if she can do it. I let her pull the string and we just take the time to finish it together. I'd really like to encourage her little spirit, but nervous about the needle and if she understands. Right now I have some wooden shapes and shoestrings that I bought for her to practice & I was thinking perhaps beading next....

Jessica said...

Awww, this warms my heart! What a beautiful thing, passing down traditions of handmaking.

She did a lovely job on her first outfit!

TulsiLeaf said...

I taught my daughter to sew to! K has an art cupboard? I would love to see something like that.


What little doll is that?

She is lovely and so full of joy. What a precious one you have.

Twig and Toadstool said...

how sweet!
Maureen

Patty-Cake Manners said...

Oh how sweet! I can't wait to teach my little ones to sew!

Honeybunny's Mom said...

Oh, how sweet! I'm sure your heart is just full to bursting!

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

And now begins a lifetime of mama and daughter sewing together! It's the best! Sometimes my girls are walking about with needle and thread in hand all day long. Not even Chloe has sewn on a machine yet, I doubt I am waiting until the traditional 8th grade year to introduce this, but I did want her to get in some good years of hand sewing first.
Hope you have a wonderful happy weekend Nicole! XOXO

Mindy Leone said...

It is so adorable to watch them do these little sewing projects with such big vision. For me it is hard to not step in when the project looks like it's heading south. But it does always turn out to their delight, which is all that matters!

Rose said...

Fantastic! I remember sewing dolly clothes when I was little. It's how I learned to sew! My mom didn't teach me how to use her machine until I was eight.

momma rae said...

i LOVE it!! sienna has been doing some crude fashioning of clothes for her dolls and is asking for some collaborative efforts for some new summer gear. new doll clothes all around, it seems! ;)

luciana said...

Very talented little girl. I already look forward to her other creations!

Kelly and Kelly said...

what fun that she was able to make that herself!

happy weekend!

the nest said...

How empowering! That is so great ~ and she looks so proud. :)

~ Annri

Rhythm of the Home said...

Oh my gosh, she did such a great job!

Glad that the fabric is getting some use...I was happy when I pulled your name for it!

Julia
www.adirondack-mama.com

nikeathena said...

What a talented little girl! I remember when my grandma taught me to sew by hand - I couldn't get enough of it either! I'm excited to see what other creations K comes up with. Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend - hopefully the rain gives us a bit of a reprieve. =)

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

Looks like she is following in your talented artsy-sewy footsteps. What an excellent job she did!

denise said...

Oh - love it! Very colorful and creative! :)

Stephanie said...

I still have doll clothes I sewed and knitted as a child. I treasure them as the beginnings of two skills I am so grateful to have and that bring me such joy, even 25 years later! Good for your little one! I can imagine the thrill you get...my 3 year old girl "knits" by wrapping yarn around and around a knitting needle...she's always so proud. Can't wait till they're old enough for me to pass down what I learned from my mom and her mom....

Julie said...

Oh, how sweet! I have been thinking it's time for my soon to be five yr old to do some handsewing. You've inspired me to get her started. :)

loliecraft said...

How wonderful that you gave her an alternative to the sewing machine instead of telling her to wait until she was older! She will have so much fun experimenting and making doll clothes.

softearthart said...

How lovely, cheers Marie

Linda said...

How wonderful Nicole! You must be so excited:)
Warmly
Linda

Earth Mama said...

My oldest enjoys making clothes for everything and everyone this way too. It is so cute to see their thinking shine through the way they have thought to create a piece of clothing...ie. armholes, or closures. I love it.

:)Lisa

6512 and growing said...

How cool! I remember hand-sewing my dolls and stuffed animals clothes way back when...

gardenmama said...

absolutely adorable! : )

angelina said...

it is beautiful. congrats on your win!

suzanne said...

Good morning Nicole

Memories are flooding back to me as I read through your lovely blog. I remember so clearly when I only had my first daughter.. one little girl to myself..treasure your moments of sewing and being together. Your little one is so cute and a sewing mama in the making already~

Thank you for visiting.

Warm regards
Suzanne

taimarie said...

That is so sweet! She does look so proud. I love that doll's name. We have one at our house named Lala Dresser:)

Laura said...

I would love to include this in my Thursday make and do. I like to include recipe, crafts fun stuff with kids. It's just a few links to some deserving posts I find during the week. :)

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