I decided to leave my comfort zone today and do something I have only once done before in grade 7 Home Ec......... Sew. In grade 7 I sewed a pillow. That's right a pillow, a square unobtrusive pillow, and somehow I still only managed to get a B on it.............. and I worked hard on that stupid thing, and that teacher practically gave A's away.
So my sweet baby girl for her 4th birthday in June got her first sewing machine (It was found on Zulily and is called Lil' Sew.) Also gifted to her was this amazing fabric made by my talented friend Melanie over at Pixle Weave Fabrics.
Time got away from us this summer being outside all the time and moving, I promised my little we would use it when the weather got cold and we had more time.
Well the weather is cold, and we have more time.
Already the machine has a piece missing, the thread was all tangled already and in a mess, I did not have scissors to cut material, or a few other items on the instructions.
We got a free pattern and tutorial from https://blog.treasurie.com/pillowcase-dress-pattern-girls/. It looked pretty easy and we could figure it out. We also had to watch a Utube video on how to use the machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97vTdCxBaQ0. Yup that is how beginner I am. For those who don't know me, trust me when I say I hate domestic work, whether it's cleaning, cooking, sewing, baking etc. I would much rather be outside in the dirt playing with plants, or pointing my camera at a naturesque scene.
But my little girl was so excited and she was determined to make herself a dress. So I buckled down, and we made every rookie mistake we could make, with crooked lines, and forgetting to move the shoe thing down, to overlapping material, and bad folds, losing pins, terrible cuts, bunched material, uneven folds and well I am sure there are dozens more that I don't even know I did wrong.
But what I did do right, was a learned with my daughter, I made mistakes with my daughter, we finished the project even if it might fall apart after its first wash.
I wonder if maybe this was her first spark of her passion. I don't know about other moms or dads, but do you ever wonder if that particular activity you are doing with your child or that particular memory is what sparks that fire, that passion in them? I often wonder it. I wonder if that dance class will become her passion, or that science experiment will guide his profession, or if that swim lesson will be her gold medal, or if that craft we did leads him down a path of creating. This time I wondered if this would spark her love of creating fashion, or maybe designing her own ballet tutus, or swim suits, or sewing her future children's clothes. I always wonder, what will ignite that spark and I always am mindful of the memories we create. I felt it so strongly in this moment and as she begged me to close the blinds so the sun didn't beam on her face, I begged her to let me keep them open a moment longer so I could capture her in the moment, that may potentially be her spark. So yes the dress was a disaster, and imperfectly sewn and may fall apart on the first wash or hard play. But when she outgrows it (it kinda actually fits) I plan to box frame it. As disastrous as it may have been, it may end up leading on the greatest adventure of all. But even if it doesn't, it's a part of my greatest adventure of all, motherhood.
Stay tuned for a mini shoot with her in the dress.