Sewing with children

In addition to sewing knitting bags and fun things for my Etsy shop, I have taken time this summer to sew with some really fun girls.

Alli is really into watermelons this year.  She wanted a skater skirt, so we made this one together.

alli skirt

Circle skirts are fun and easy to make without a commercial pattern, if you have a circumference chart.  I used the chart in Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong.   Alli helped to draft the pattern and to sew the skirt.



It was a simple project and fun to work on together.

I also had the pleasure to share my love of sewing with my granddaughter, Kayla, as she sewed for the first time this summer!  We started at the fabric store where she selected the pattern and the fabrics.  I couldn’t have been more pleased with her selections.  She also was quite talented at sewing for a beginner.  She sewed the skirt, and I sewed the blouse.

kala back kalafront

The pattern is Simplicity 1627.  Kayla chose a white eyelet fabric for the top and a cotton voile floral print for the skirt.  We trimmed the top in a pink ruffle and added sherbet orange ribbon to lace it up.   The pattern envelope featured younger girls wearing more all-over florals or prints.  Using a solid white color for the top gave the outfit a more grown-up look, and the texture of the eyelet gave the outfit some texture and subtle visual interest.  It was a perfect choice.


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