July 17, 2008

Sew Mama

Isabella washing her hands after church (and spraying herself).
And me, finally getting a photo of the dress on her before striping her down for a messy lunch.

The past several months I've had an intense desire to create things with my hands; sew, craft, make! I'm not really a crafty or creative person so I have had a slow start. Not sure where to begin, afraid my lack of skill and experience would make my creations look, well, blah...I found something I wanted to make for Isabella. I had seen this Oliver + S pattern featured on a few blogs I had been visiting and basically learned all I could about it to make sure I knew what I was getting into.

When my mom came to visit in May we went fabric shopping in the garment district. (So fun!) And then she helped me. I don't think I could have made this dress without her. The sewing machine I have is an old Singer (I think from the 60's) and worked great once my mom worked out all the kinks. And then she patiently retaught and reminded me all the bits and pieces of sewing she had taught me when I was a teenager.

And, BTW, the pattern is called "Tea Party Sundress". So sweet!


  1. You are amazing! Tea party sundress?! Every little girl (and mom) needs one of those. It looks great. I can't believe that you can grow your own food and make your own clothes. That's very impressive.

  2. Adorable! Great job sewing and for having the courage to try something new. Still missing you guys. See you next week!

  3. kiasa,
    i am so impressed! i too have been dying to sew, craft, etc. i'm also currently talking my mom into letting me have one of her sewing machines out here in the city... so i can atleast try... the dress is beautiful. congrats!

  4. I am very, very impressed. And love the pics of her cooking with dad.


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