Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sewing with Patterns
Girl's World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls by Jennifer Paganelli, so I pulled that book out and got to work on a project. It was for a stuffed dog. Yes, I've made stuffed toys before. You can see them here and here. But I need to practice using patterns because one of my summer bucket list items is to make a piece of clothing for my daughter. I also know that I take a lot of short-cuts when I'm sewing stuffed toys...like not clipping around corners. So I sat down and followed Jennifer's project exactly. No short-cuts. No rushing. And, of course, the dog came out perfectly. (Funny how that happens when you follow directions.) Now, I can go off and use what I learned to design my own projects.
My daughter loves her little dog. And I love it because I used the fabric from two dresses she has outgrown. I have a million outgrown dresses of my daughter's. I can't part with some of them, but I know that the idea of saving them for future generations is a bit silly. There's no guarantee my daughter will have children and/or a daughter and, by the time that could even happen, the dresses probably will be either out of style or not in wearable condition. A stuffed dog though? That could go to college with her and sit on her bed. And she could hug it on those days when she needs a little support and she will feel the love I put into making it. Each stitch filled with the my memories of her as a little girl, swirling around in her pretty dresses, and my hopes for the woman she will become.
Yes, teaching myself to sew is a very good thing.