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.
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