Monday, November 1, 2010

A Wonderful Surprise

I'm so excited that I just had to share this pic with you all. Orangeblossom has tried sewing a few projects over the years, but it just never seemed to be something she enjoyed. She had a ton of other interests, but needlework just didn't seem to be one of them.

At the beginning of school this year, she wanted me to sew a shirt like this for her. I told her it was a simple pattern, and I would be glad to help her with it -- but I wasn't going to make the whole thing. It's not that I think that she should love sewing as much as I do, but I do think that every girl should know a few sewing basics like sewing on a button, or hemming something, or (even for economical reasons) to be able to sew a very simple top if needed.

She agreed, and so at the end of August we cut it out and I reviewed a few things she should know about. She got as far as some of the casings, and then her interest in the project waned. I thought, "Well, that's the end of that."

Lately, she has been talking more and more about being a clothing designer. I offhandedly mentioned that she really ought to know about garment construction to go into that field.

Saturday, she spent most of the day in her bedroom, which seemed a little odd to me.

Imagine my surprise when she came down wearing this peasant top. She had decided she wanted to finish it, studied the instructions, and voila. I think she really did a great job on it. And it is probably one of the nicest surprises I have had. I was so happy!!!

In case anyone else is interested, this is the pattern that she used.
Anyway, a very pleased and proud mama had to show you what she'd done. Orangeblossom is one of those kids that once she decides on something, she goes at it full force.


Lana said...

it looks great on her - she did a great job :)

momawake said...

Woohoo! It's very becoming. It's also nice to accomplish something that's a little difficult. :)

Rebecca said...

good for her!! I understand how you would be excited---and a finished project that is so nice (that you made yourself!) is just the motivation to keep 'em coming!

Full of Grace said...

Very Pretty Blouse!!! She did a great job and from what I hear has a great teacher as well :)

Mom2fur said...

She did an amazing job! I honestly find peasant tops a little difficult because you have to get the gathers around the neck 'just so' to make it look nice, and your daughter aced it!
I hope she makes many more beautiful things like this!
PS--thanks for visiting me. Glad you liked my little notepad!

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