Sunday 6 May 2012

One more dress...

One more dress to show you for the Hopeful Threads sew-along to support Dress A Girl Around the World. This dress isn't mine. It's the first dress my daughter has ever sewn. It was about time I helped her with sewing.

She's been asking me to teach her to sew, since she was a kid and she's now an adult. She used to suggest we could have some quality mother and daughter time together teaching her to sew. In an ideal world, I would have stopped everything and spent the time with her. This was, however, during the period when I was only doing repairs, taking up hems and sewing dancing costumes. Any sewing I did, I wanted done quickly. I was working full time, the kids had extra curricular activities on every day after school and Mr TMW worked long hours. Yeah, I know, excuses, excuses, excuses!!! Anyway, it didn't happen.

This week, however, we did spend some quality mother and daughter time together sewing. There are some advantages to teaching an adult to sew, as opposed to teaching a young person:
  • There's no need to hover over them to ensure they don't hurt themselves.
  • You only have to show them once.
Tash's dress is heading off to the Australian representative for Dress A Girl Around the World

The day after Tash did this dress, she sent me a message to say she had sewn another dress, the same as this one, by herself. Adults learn quickly!!!

Kristy was aiming for 100 dresses in the month's sew-along. Can you believe it? Over 300 dresses were made!!! You can see them all over at the Flickr group. Congrats, Kristy, on organising such a successful sew-along.

I am thrilled that so Threading My Way readers helped with this very worthwhile project:
If I've left anyone off the list, please let me know, so I can add your name.

I know a couple of other girls were going to join in the sew-along, but sometimes we can't do all we plan to. Life gets in the way. I've stopped trying to stick to my To Do lists, so I don't stress so much... LOL!!!

Dress A Girl Around the World will always accept dresses that you make. You can find the details on their website. I had so much fun sewing girlie dresses, I'll sew for Dress A Girl in the future, but not this month. As I said in a previous post, this month is for ME!!!

... Pam


  1. Tash did a great job and how wonderful that her first dress is for charity.
    I spent a little time during the school holidays teaching my 5 and 8 year old boys how to sew, my little girl was out that day and has been nagging me ever since that it is her turn. I really need to stop making excuses and make the time now for her, it's too easy to do!
    So wonderful that so many of your readers were inspired to help out, Pam, and you did an amazing job with your contributions.

  2. What a cute dress and a great story.

  3. You know me.. I love peasant dresses! This one is lovely :)
    It's just awesome that over 300 dresses were made! Just think of all those girls getting a little bit of happiness to brighten their days! Such a lovely thing :)

  4. That is a great first dress!
    I wonder when my little girl will sew with me :)


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