...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)