Now that I have my own daughter, I decided it was time to grab hold of the family talent. Last year my sister came to Arizona and we sat down and sewed. After waiting so long to learn, I couldn't believe it was so easy - follow the directions and learn a few tricks of the trade. I embraced the gift and started cranking out clothes for Kenzie. This was the second dress I made:
I love this one because I thought of the idea of combining a store-bought tank top and a homemade skirt that I made without a specific pattern. Most of the time I think I was lucky that I had good patterns and managed to read them correctly:
The cheerleading costume was VERY popular and the dress for the wedding turned out just how I wanted. This is my most recent creation and I am very proud of it:
The skirt is a patchwork design made of 2"x4" rectangles pieced with a serger (that took a while :). After I made the patchwork "fabric" I cut the skirt from a pattern. Then, to complicate matters I used a different pattern for the bodice. It was a bit of a risk considering I could have ruined the patchwork.
Now I have a hobby I love. It's not always successful, (did I mention I stayed up all night last night trying to figure out how to make shorts from a pattern?), but so far so good. I guess it's never too late to learn a new crafting skill. I'd love to try knitting next . . .