Ahnalin made these shorts!
Start to finish!!
This child, who still has not lost a tooth,
sewed wearable shorts!!
Are you impressed?
And lest you think she is some kind of
the reason she made them start to finish today
was that she is grounded
from the TV and playing with friends.
We have had some real challenges
with her attitude and behavior lately.
And when that happens,
we make her world very small again.
And intense Mommy and Ahnalin time,
especially when she can
learn a new skill successfully,
is just the ticket!
She wanted to learn to use a
She wanted to learn to use the iron.
She wanted to make pockets
out of a contrasting fabric.
She learned how to measure,
mark, and top stitch them in place.
I think she felt she needed to pin about
every inch to keep it straight.
Yes, she IS that precise.
I wanted her to put a clip in her hair
so she could see through her bangs!
But I had to pick my battles,
and that one was not worth it.
She struggled with feeding the elastic
through the casing.
She is such a perfectionist,
that I had to stop her and calm her
down when it wasn't going through
as easily as for her as it does for me.
She had to rethread her machine,
But she did it,
This was the little joke she got past me!
She thought it was hilarious!!!
We cut a size 6,
but she is turning 7 in 2 weeks.
So..........she sewed in a size 7 tag!
Ahnalin chose this pattern,
We cut a straight size 6,
which is rather unusual.
She is so thin and tall that I usually
cut a size 4 and add length.
But she wanted to cut the 6.
And it fit perfectly!
I think she did a marvelous job!
(Yes, this is my ancient cutting board.)
She is SO PROUD of these pockets!!!
Sorry this is fuzzy,
but she insisted on her
"Classic Ahnalin" pose.
I am so proud of my girl.
She did everything herself,
yet she willingly took direction.
The second part is the bigger miracle,
as she is not always teachable.
I am SO PROUD of her!
She has 4 more days of
symphony camp and then Saturday
is her performance.
I am finishing her concert dress this week.
And she wants to do
"A WHOLE LOT MORE SEWING MAMA!"
I have a custom sundress going out the door
so I will post pics of that in the morning.
Several people have requested information
about Ahnalin's sewing machine.
It is the Janome Hello Kitty 3/4 size machine.
We purchased it from Target for $119.00
but I saw it just now at
This is NOT a toy machine.
It is a real sewing machine that is sized
for smaller people.
It even has a 4-step buttonhole!
She adores her sewing machine!
I highly recommend this machine for
a young sewista who really
wants to own her new skill.