It Is Finished!

“Can you help?  My daughter need to sew a Civil War era dress for her history project.” 

How could I say “no” to my baby brother?  In the past few weeks, I’ve spent an astonishing amount of time teaching my niece how to sew.  Most people start with an easy project (like a pillow case).  If this was supposed to be a learning project, it was successful.  She now understands why people had one Sunday dress and one everyday dress, not the closets-full that most people have now.  Wow!  Didn’t she do a great job for her first sewing project?

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8 thoughts on “It Is Finished!

  1. Wow! That is amazing! I really wish I lived near you for may reasons. I would love to learn to sew, would love to knit with you and do all kinds of crafty things. You are awesome for teaching her how to sew and helping with something so complicated!

  2. FANTASTIC dress!
    I envy you knowing enough about sewing to help her do such an awesome job! My mom can sew… I can fake hemming if I have to…
    Crochet… I can do that most days but I flunked Jr High Sewing!

  3. Oh my gosh!!! I think my first sewing project was a stuffed animal. Even today the best I can do is a straight hem. Great Job!!

  4. Congratulations to you and your niece! You didn’t say how old your niece was, but that dress certainly looks like it was done by an experienced seamstress. And the best thing is she learned some valuable lessons about life as well as how to sew.

  5. I’ve found that duct tape works great on hems. ;)

    That’s an incredible dress, WS. How truly wonderful that you gave your niece your time and talent to teach her to sew like that. It’s such a valuable skill (I know, because I never learned it). Brava to both of you!

  6. Thank you, all. I told my niece that I cropped her face out and posted a photo of the dress on my blog – and that everyone liked the dress.

    @Tori – I’d love that. I’d teach you to sew, and you could teach me to knit faster ;) Maybe we can retire to the same location.

    @April – jr hi sewing didn’t teach useful projects. I bet you’d have done great if you got to learn something you thought you’d actually use!

    @Mary – I think straight is harder than curved. My “straight” topstitching is always wiggley.

    @Carla = She’s 16, and wore the dress to school the final day (to “turn in” her project). The teacher can’t sew, so was impressed.

    @Wren – Duct tape? Ugh! Masking tape would do less damage to the fabric ;)

    @Lene – She didn’t realize how much work it would be. Now she says that this summer she wants to sew something easy, so we’ll do another project (probably not until August).

    @Laurie – :) My kids would be more than a little miffed if I took on projects for anyone else before tackling the stack of sewing that I’m supposed to do for them!

    Thank you. Y’all are the best!

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