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Topic: summertime clothes--dress, leggings, and skirt!  (Read 2558 times)
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« on: July 23, 2010 10:34:56 AM »

I usually donít make clothes for my niece, figuring that my mom supplies everything she needs. But I recently found myself with some scraps too small to make anything for myself and too cute to trash.

Based on measurements I made Allia a sundress from my circus stripe fabric. It turned out to be a little tight and short, but it does look great on her, especially since she and I made some leggings together. Allia sewed the leg seams herself on my machine. She also picked out the elastic on the legs and waistband, and said the blue stripe fabric leftover from some tops makes her feel like Alice in Wonderland.

Iíd also saved some pink satin with glitter from a superhero costume that was just enough to whip up a skirt. Again, Allia sewed the sides and did about half of the hem before asking me to take over. She also designed the pocket, based on a sewing bandoleer Iím working on for Burning Man. She drew the whole thing out and picked out shiny lycra scraps for each part.

Allia also put her mad design skillz to work on her loyal friend Scout. Using a coiled S I had lying on my worktable and a short piece of elastic she made a lovely flapper headband. After Scoutís glamor shots Allia touched up some scratches on her eyes and nose with glossy black paint.

This was Alliaís first time on a machine and my first time sewing with a kid. It was fun to make her designs come to life, but there was an unexpected challenge in being supervised by an 8 year old. She wanted to keep me on task, and kept asking innocent but irksome questions like Are you sure thatís right? and I donít think thatís the way to do it.

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010 10:46:03 AM »

cute!  I recently tried to sew with my little sister 8 and she was bored....I also frequently have my oldest daughter 6 and she gets annoying quick...so i usually give her something to do like braid some scraps together Smiley
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010 10:46:40 AM »

LOL thats so sweet don't you just love 8 year olds?? My son is 7 soon to be 8 and he thinks everything I do with my sewing machine is amazing Smiley He is going to make a very good husband one day LOL

She is a budding fashionista Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010 11:35:39 AM »

So cute! Sewing is such a great skill to learn. Good for you for taking the time to teach.
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2010 12:37:44 AM »

You can never go wrong with anything that goes with leggings !  Its lovely that she's taking such an interest too - a budding seamstress in our midst.
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