Sewing Lesson

I’m not a seamstress. I’ve sewn a few things, but none of them very well. I think my most ambitious project to date was a set of bloomers from Marie-Madeline Studio. There are several errors, but my daughter really likes them:

I enjoyed making it for her, but I haven’t done anything since. However, earlier this summer, Diva and I were looking through a class list for JoAnn’s Summer Camps and she decided she wanted to take a sewing class. Since I wasn’t sure I had much to teach her, I let her pick her favorite class. She selected a beginner’s quilting/applique class.

We selected her fabrics and a tote bag (on which the applique would be sewn), and I was not at all surprised when she selected pink fabrics, with a little green and sparkles.

Today was the day.  We took my sewing machine and her fabrics to JoAnn’s. She met with the instructor and the one other student, and I left. I really wanted to stay with her, but they highly encouraged parents to let the girls learn on their own.

Near the end of the class, I returned and was able to snap a few photos of her work.

Diva really enjoyed herself! She said, on the way home, that she wanted to continue to sew.  I was pleased, but now I need to learn right along with her. I am looking forward to helping her; and learning along the way.

Here’s her finished project:

I am proud of you Diva!

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  1. How wonderful for her! My mother made all of our clothes until about 15 years ago. I had beautifully tailored suits, dresses and even my wedding dress from my first marriage. She was self-taught but our clothes looked like they came from Nordstrom they were so beautifully tailored. Sewing is quickly becoming a lost art. I hope your little Diva continues to learn.

  2. Love the pictures………precious memory for your girl……..what fun she has before her!

    Blessings and thank you for linking up!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful class! I remember my first sewing class as a preteen, and I loved it. I would love to work on improving my sewing skills as well and pass them down to my daughter. Linking from Raising Homemakers. Thanks~April

  4. How wonderful! I look forward to the day when my daughter can sew alongside me. Enjoy those moments!

  5. Very cute, and such a useful skill to learn! My granddaughters (8 & 10) have done some sewing also and love it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very good job, the sewing and quilting gene skipped me. Moma was great, me not so much. She did a really good job and I love the colors.

  7. How fun! I didn’t know JoAnn’s did that. Might have to check that out. I would love to learn how to sew, too, and so would my girls. I did it waaaay back in girls club, but I think most of that info has left my head. Tell her that her bag is adorable!

    (Found you on Company Girls!)

  8. The tote bag turned out great!! I’m impressed. I need to take one of those classes. =p

  9. I love to see girls learning to sew. Kudos for seeing that this happens with your daughter. Thanks for the report and please tell Diva that I’m proud of her too!

  10. Looks great!! I was a little older when learned to sew — a skill that stood me in good stead for decades. (I rarely get the machine out now, but I could!)

  11. How pretty! I’ve always wanted to sew when I was young but for some reasons I was not able to. I don’t have as much desire now but maybe I’d try doing it sometime =D

    Way to go, Diva!

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