Monday, July 23, 2012

Sewing Lessons

Last week my son asked if I would give my granddaughter sewing lessons. He said she really seems interested and has started sewing with her friends. I think almost 10 is the perfect age to start learning how to use a real machine, not her toy machine any longer.
So we made a trip to JoAnn's where we bought some fabric and elastic and decided on a pair of comfy lounge pants.

She brought along a pair of sweat pants that fit and we traced a pattern. Now I must admit, all the mistakes that we made today were my fault! I did not buy enough fabric, so we had to make shorts instead of pants and I did not take into account that we were NOT using a knit, so I did not make the pattern roomy enough.
Makenzie picked up the rules quickly. She understands seam allowance and goes slow enough to make sure she's keeping a nice straight stitch. She understood needle up and down and the need to keep your fingers away from the machine needle.


She was so sweet. She said, that's ok if they don't fit me, we can give them to my little sister. But, I felt so bad, I was trying to think of ways we could "make it work" (a la TIM GUNN), but in the end, they fit her snugly, with a little bit of wiggle room.


She sewed every stitch and pressed every seam. She had a little struggle getting the rhythm of pushing the elastic through the top casing.



You can tell by that smile that she is so proud of herself. I am so proud of her, too.
We are already thinking up ideas for next week's lesson. Any help is greatly appreciated. 


Of course, she had to have her own label ironed onto the waistband. 

And to not be wasteful, she made her own pin cushion out of the fabrics she used to practice the proper seam allowance and zig zag stitch.


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

27 comments:

Tiara said...

So adorable I cannot even stand it!

Katy Cameron said...

Go Makenzie, and I just love that you have your own label already!

Hmm, layered skirt for next week maybe? Then you can do a little gathering between layers, and elasticate the waist again

Leanne said...

Wonderful that you get to teach her to sew. It might be fun to take her to the fabric store to search through the pattern books for a great skirt or pjs pattern.

Jennifer said...

woohoo! Great work Makenzie! hm, I made aprons for my dolls with my grandmother, but she may be a bit old for that.. drawstring pouches maybe?

Cindy said...

How cute! How about something non wearable like a zippered pouch, pillowcase, etc. Have fun!

needle and nest said...

She is just too cute! How about a simple bag for carry thing her things to a sleepover or dance class (or whatever she's interested in)? :)

bhafer said...

What a great time! I learned to sew when I was 10 too. Have fun!

bhafer said...

What a great time! I learned to sew when I was 10 too. Have fun!

Sara said...

Oh how fun is that!! She is so sweet and you can tell she thoroughly enjoyed time with Grandma! Priceless. She will treasure it forever:) I wish I had, had that enthusiasm for sewing when my Grandma was living. Maybe when I see her someday again;)

You could make a pillowcase or simple patchwork pillow.

Patchwork and Play said...

Great job Mackenzie! You'll have all the friends around soon for lessons! I think if she can tackle threading the elastic she can had some gathering! I think a ruffled skirt with an elasticised waist would be the perfect 'next' project! Have fun!

Angie said...

That is so sweet. She did a great job. It's wonderful that you can pass the love of sewing on to your granddaughter.

Flying Blind... said...

Brilliant!
Definitely think a gathered elasticated skirt would do the trick - maybe with some contrasting patch pockets - can't wait to my girls are a little bigger xxx

susan said...

I think it is fabulous that you got right in there and did garment sewing. Well done to both of you. Summer is the right time for making clothes as there are lots of nice things you can make with cotton. A little qyspsy style top might be nice.

mahoo said...

I came across this project a few weeks ago. It might be just the thing.
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2012/06/readysetgo-ready-to-roll-bike-pouch

Issabella The Cat said...

She has done so well! She has every right to be proud of her accomplishment as do you for helping her get there :)
My Daughter is 10 and we are making mini quilts for her bedroom wall this summer holiday,after years of her watching me make full sized quilts the bug has bitten her lol it might be something Makenzie would find fun? or as Needle and Nest said simple bags for sleep overs and toting books around seem to go down well with my girl and her friends.

The Cozy Pumpkin said...

Good for her! I very much hope one of my kids wants to learn to sew...even if it's not me that teaches them.

And I think an apron or pillowcase would be super fun! :) And you could add in some trim to practice a new skill.

-Amanda-

Cindy said...

Awesome!

What was it like to finally share your sewing with a daughter? (grand though she be.).

randi--i have to say said...

Oh, this is sweet! How fun that you have such a willing student!

Debbie said...

Precious. It'll be a few years(!) but can't wait to do this with my grandgirl!

tusen said...

Wow, I'm really impressed. Congratulations to both the student and the teacher :)

Geri said...

What a great legacy you are passing along to her. She'll always remember it was her Bubbi that taught her to sew! I still remember the first gym bag I made! Great job, Mak!

Danny Heyen said...

That's so fun! My grandma taught me to sew when I was about her age too. They are memories I cherish and I know she will too!

Vesuviusmama said...

What fun! What about a drawstring backpack? Or scented rice filled sachets for her drawers? Or making her own Christmas stocking? So many options!

Dianne Neale said...

Great fun teaching someone else! How about a skirt with an easy elasticated waist for the next project?

LuLu said...

How fun is that! She looks beyond thrilled :-) My grandmother taught me how to sew about that age. We made an apron for a cooking class I was getting ready to take. I'll never forget it.
I did sewing lessons once with a 10 year old. Every time she came, we sewed a quilt block using a different method, from simple patchwork to HST's. Then when we had enough blocks we sewed it all together and made a fun little lap quilt for her. It turned out so cute!

Live a Colorful Life said...

She is so cute. I think sewing with grandkids is the best. Well, grandkids in general ARE the best...

anne said...

Thanks for a great post. How did you make your label. It makes the whole project that much more fun.

THANKS!