Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandma's. She had a sewing room and was an amazing seamstress (and knitter, needleworker, ... you get it!) She had always made clothes for herself, my mom, and then me. I took a sewing class in grade 9, but that was pretty much all my experience until very recently.
I began sewing in the fall of 2014, when my youngest daughter Zoe was 4 months old. My oldest, Renee, was in grade 1 and I was needing to find something to do during Zoe's naps (lucky me, she napped a lot!!). I decided to teach myself to sew since, 1) I had a hand-me down Kenmore sewing machine from my great-aunt and 2) I really wanted to make memory blankets from my children's clothes eventually.
A crafty friend of mine who knits and sews encouraged me to just get started, and gave me lots of scrap fabric to help me get going. In the beginning I was using quilting cottons, and made some scrappy quilts, scarves, and baby blankets.
I definitely don't have the gift of sewing that my grandmother had, so it's been a really big learning curve, but the key word is "learning". I really wanted to try making my kids some cute clothes, but I was terrified of having to do button holes or zippers. So I thought I would like to try to make some things with knit fabrics. I was a little nervous to use knits because I didn't have a serger, but I figured out which stitch settings I could use on my machine, and gave it a go.
With one metre of this beautiful "Dance" fabric, I was able to make matching pieces for my daughters. The dress that Zoe is wearing is the Love Notions Playdress pattern. I altered it a bit, since I omitted sleeves and did binding instead, and tried a lettuce hem because it's just so cute!
Renee's tank is the Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom Knit Tank pattern and was pretty quick and easy, great for beginners. To be honest, I can't believe I actually made these!
Thank you, Michelle, for the beautiful fabric. I really enjoyed making something special for my daughters.