The garage/playroom is the centre of all things Christmassy at Studio You SEW Girl. Right in the middle (right where everyone can trip over it) is a fine, tall, cardboard xmas tree.
The wee girl and I seem to have developed our own little tradition with this particular part of the Christmas crafting season.
These little hands have been very busy this last week, crafting up a Christmas bonanza of handmade love ....and warming the cockles of this old sewing-obsessed heart.
There has been a bit of a shift in the young one's approach to sewing, which includes looking for design ideas and occasionally accepting help (if it means that the job will get done faster or better). Books have been consulted.
And yet - designs are interpreted, not followed. She made lavender-filled softies for the teachers.
This owl is made from felted jumpers, not the proscribed fabrics, and the scale was tiny. We used fusible pattern pieces, fabric glue sticks, fusible webbing and basting spray in the process (anything to make things stay put until they were stitched down).
The "Square Bear" was not so square, because there was a bit of an oversight in reading the "enlarge 200%" bit for the body pieces. We thought that the curved limbs gave the bear a bit more character, anyway.
And then she designed a dress.
All on her own, she sketched an idea and presented it to me. "I want to make this".
So we did. (Go on....ask her what that arrow on centre-front means...).
Again, she was happy to delegate the tricky bits (setting in sleeves and putting the binding on), but she happily sewed up the straight seams on the overlocker (serger) and wondered why "some grown-up ladies are scared to do overlocking."
Such a sombre, understated design for a 7-year-old, but this is exactly what she wanted. I think it was designed around the shoes... as you do.
We had to go out to buy white knit fabric for the binding yesterday - no other colour would do. (I had just about every other colour in the stash and did my diplomatic best to inspire a change of design). The hemline had to be "wavy", and I don't have a rolled-hem or babylock on my very basic overlocker, so we went even more basic (small zigzag stitch).
She wore it all day yesterday and is wearing it today.
She's already showing signs of a creative career (although I think that Corporate Law or Politics would be a better use for her finest talents).
At a xmas gathering of my friends, she held court, and then started drawing portraits of those sitting around the table. (Warning: evening light and iPod-quality photos follow.)
Someone gave her money, and then others started comissioning portraits.
As we walked home, she was excited and a bit incredulous about the $5 she held in her little hand.
"People thought they were worth MONEY... but I just thought they were worth bits of paper." She would have given them away.
And yes - the fruit hasn't fallen far from the tree.
Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas with the people you love.