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The Big Reveal

How fabulous is this skirt that Elena made all by herself? This is her best work yet. Somebody get Tim Gunn on the phone.

Amy Butler’s “Memento/Midnight” fabric from her Love line + minty colored bias tape + an orange zipper.

“Mom, want to know why I love this skirt? Watch this.”

Wishing you all a happy and carefree weekend.


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[Family Friday] Sewing Lessons + An Amazing Dress

First of all, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to my 9 year old today. Elena asked me if I was going to tell everyone it’s her birthday, and when I said yes, she clapped her hands and squealed with delight. Easily pleased, that kid.

Elena has been taking sewing lessons for about a year and a half from Sewing on the Edge here in NJ (highly recommended, if, by some coincidence, you happen to be reading this blog and live in central New Jersey and want sewing lessons!).

Toward the end of last year, Elena worked long and hard on a dress for her American Girl doll. It’s taken me too long to feature it here, but today seems like the perfect day. I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty darn amazing, especially for a 9 year old:

This dress took her about 6 weeks (that is, 6 hours of work). She did it all by herself.

Yesterday, I took my camera to her sewing class and snapped a few shots. She just started working on a ruffle skirt for herself. You can see that the main part of the skirt is this purple-ish blue fabric, and the ruffle will be made from a sweet Japanese flower print.

I love the look of concentration on her face.

What a cutie pie. A 9 year old cutie pie.

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I could really use your help. I struggle a lot with buying fabric for her clothes projects. Near me, there’s one independent fabric store with a mediocre selection and there’s a Joann Fabrics (also with a mediocre selection). I want to find nice fabric, including fun prints, which is suitable for kids’ clothing so that she’ll really want to wear the clothes she makes.

So, do you have recommendations for online fabric sources that you love?

I would appreciate any responses.

Thanks for all of your nice comments this week. Hope you have a great weekend!

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