I started sewing again when my babies were born; I suppose that's a familiar story. I thought, I'd better sew now while they'll wear anything because the time will likely come when they will want "store bought clothes". I dreaded that day! And so I sewed everything for them; shirts, p.j.s, dresses, undies. I sewed like I was up against a dead line...because I thought I was.
And I remember the day I thought maybe I had gone overboard. I, one apparently very rare day, stepped into the mall with my youngest daughter who was 4 and she said, "Mama, who made all these clothes?!" Had I really never taken them shopping to a mall before?! (I don't really like malls...) This world of SO MUCH was very new to them. But I liked this question she asked. I liked that she knew someone had made them. They didn't grow in a box and then land on a shelf when they reached maturity. Clothes are made and we can make them.
But this race against time I thought I was running, turns out to have been a bit in my head. As my kids grow older, what I once dreaded has become a bit of an obsession for me. Because, frankly, sewing for older kids is a LOT of fun...but it takes some ingenuity. I had to really think about who my daughter is, what she loves, and what matters to her, but those are never bad questions to think about.
One of my not-so-secret weapons for sewing with older kids is a beautiful, German embroidery pattern shop called Huups. Here you can purchase all manner of amazing embroidery designs! And she has such a fun little twist on things. I've fallen in love.
It is there that I found the pattern for these cuffs. There are 4 designs and the pattern takes you through it all effortlessly - right down to the elastic insertion for the buttons. Really that's the magic of embroidery machines. You sit with your glass of wine and a book, or staring in rapt amazement at this machine (that's how you'll find me) and change colours when prompted. And at the end...you have something special.
I love these cuffs for many reasons but here are the two most important.
My daughter loves to wear them. Boom. Sold. She loves the look, they're easy and comfortable to wear, and they are that good kind of different. She gives them away at the play ground...why? Well, that would be my other reason. She can make them herself.
So while I try to extol the virtues of handmade over mass produced...the proof is in the pudding. And these cuffs are a perfect pudding.