7.15.2007

a new dress...

...for my little gal. I ended up finishing this dress this past weekend after MUCH help from my mom (again). I am just bewildered at how some people manage to be so darned amazing at sewing (and so much more!) while at the same time creating such a safe, healthy, nurturing and engaging environment for their children to be raised in. I had a hard time imagining that kind of balance while feeling the guilt of sitting Asher in front of a TV for nearly TWO hours while I finished this little dress for Journey. It looks so simple to make in appearance...oh but don't be fooled...making clothes is no easy task. I only hope that it will become easier as time goes on and as knowledge grows. I don't know how many times I muttered phrases like "I don't even know what that means"...or "I have no idea what you are talking about."...or "Oh well...it doesn't have to be perfect, I am still really new at this."...or a very simple "huh??" which was a great word to wrap up the great amount of sewing ignorance I was feeling throughout the experience. Nevertheless...it is complete. And while I know that I need to work on having patience with the entire process of sewing clothing (I'm dying to get my hands on this book)...I really truly enjoy the process of making things...particularly the process of making things for my little ones. There is something really beautiful about holding intention for someone while creating something with your hands. Love that. And I ended up having quite an attraction to this dress. It is still a bit big in places...but I think it is something that can follow her into toddler hood where it may serve as a great summer shirt! The possibilities for wearing it out and getting it really good and used make me smile. And hopefully once I have mastered (can one really master anything?) the art of reading patterns and sewing with ease...it will become something that is hugely economical for my family. That is my hope. I would love for this to become something that helps bring me into greater simplicity. Until then, I have a lot of learning to do, a lot of mistakes are yet to be made...and getting better acquainted with the art of sewing through the only way that I know how...practice, practice, practice.
So be on the lookout for a few more attempts at becoming the seamstress I never knew I was. I only have a few requests when viewing this and any other sewing project of mine that may find their way here...only because they are my own guidelines that I use for myself when viewing something I have created. No judging is allowed. And....don't look too closely. Sound good?
Isn't she beautiful? (the gal...not the dress)

9 comments:

Debbie said...

I love the dress and especially the little girl! She looks adorable. It is great that you are pursuing your sewing skills. I can not wait to see what your next creation will be!

Anonymous said...

Sooo cute and the little model in it! Just like learning anything - the terminology can be a real bummer! You did good!

Auntie Vee said...

anonymous was me! I clicked on "Other" but forgot to put my name in. Learning new stuff is tough...sewing, blogs, etc.

Nonnie said...

Like we said, it just takes time Sass! :) And each time you make something, you will understand a little more! It is a good idea to become real familiar with the terminology......it can make a huge difference! :) I think the book sounds really great and interesting. AND I think you did a GREAT job!!!!

Cory said...

The dress is sooo cute and I did see it up close!!!! Good job jess. Soon you'll be teaching me :)

Jme said...

Pretty dress for a pretty little girl! Good job ~ you have a good teacher. :) I can be impatient too, but I think as long as you don't really expect to be a "pro" and know that the machine isn't always going to do what it should, or there's always going to be times when you have to take the stitch out or times when you wonder what you were thinking when you sewed "that" and "that" together :), it helps make the experience more enjoyable. I've actually come to really appreciate my stitch ripper! :)It came in very handy last night working on Journey's quilt. :)
Great job!
Jamie

daisies said...

super cute dress :)

i keep threatening to pull out my sewing machine and make some clothes but then i remember how hard it is and how very not talented i am but then i see this and think ~ i may just have to give it another go anyway :)

Simplicity Wins said...

The dress and the gal are both beautiful! I am so proud of you for being so committed to this new craft. You did a wonderful job and I am sure you will get so much better with time and practice. I would love to learn with you, I have a machine...just no idea how to use it!

Goddess of Leonie said...

she looks absolutely divine with her eyes and dress shining!