Thursday, February 14, 2013

Zoe sews a skirt

Just before Christmas, Zoe was spending the day with us because school was closed, and she mentioned that she would like to learn to sew some garments.  So we rooted through some drawers and found a suitable piece of fabric (at least 30 years old, I think), then checked the internet to find a skirt concept that she found fashionable (I no longer do fashionable, especially for 14-year-olds, so she's going to have to come up with her own ideas).  We cut the skirt out the old-fashioned way, holding the fabric up to the body, and got it pretty well sewed together before she had to leave.

Since then I put in the zipper and the elastic waist and serged the yoke seam, but she learned to sew a hem by hand, braid a belt, turn a tube to make belt loops, and stitch them on.

Although Zoe has sewed three quilts and a quilted tote bag, this is her first garment.  I'm proud of her, and hope she'll want to come back for a second (and more).

Here's the first time to model the new skirt.  We liked the leggings, but in subsequent wearings we think the denim shirt will have to go.

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