Just Keep Sewing

Oops! I missed check-in on Sunday. I forgot all about it until Monday night. Then I decided I’d just wait until today.

Dress Making 101

Daughter #1 is making a 60s style sheath dress. I spent all afternoon guiding her through the pattern. Pinning, ironing, marking, and sewing.

The thing about teaching a kid to sew is like teaching them anything. It’s easier (and quicker) to do it yourself. But then the wee ones don’t learning anything. So I teach. I show her how to do the step, then I’d step back and let her do it. Some times I cover my eyes or walk away because I can’t watch. This dress has something called French Darts. I’ve never seen one much less attempted one. Today was a first for both of us. I don’t think I would have attempted it without first watching a Youtube video.

Thankfully, Daughter #1 is meticulous and careful. She doesn’t rush ahead in wild abandon. I hope to have it finished tomorrow. I’ll share pictures when she finishes. Then I have Halloween costumes to start and today I was thinking I need new curtains. Yikes! I must be crazy.


Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. Really, no surprise there. I hate them.

  • Promotion.
    I haven’t sent anything new out.
  • Read 4 books a month.
    Done! I finished Sharpe Edge by Lisa B. Thomas, Mardi Gras in Mobile by L.Craig Roberts, and Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80. Not this week.
  • Stay on top of Critique group. Yes! I have two critiqued with 3 to go.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
    Not yet.
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
    Not yet. I think after next Monday I should have time for this.
  • Edit/revise “Monster” Waiting on critiques.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water. Not yet
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
    Almost finished.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
    We had a wild time sorting clothes and washing “dress” clothes. That was fun. I think the cat enjoyed it more than anyone.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help. Working on it. They each have made one meal. Just not by themselves. They are still learning. #1 made wonderful biscuits. #2 made great cornbread.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff. I am close to marking this one off. This is what I’ve done all week. I have most supplies, textbooks, and ordered uniforms.

I’m tired just reading my list. In two weeks #2 daughter will swim in City Meet. A county wide swim meet. It’s huge and lasts for two long days. She loves it. I tolerate it. I enjoy watching her swim, but it’s a bit long.

How did you do this week?


6 thoughts on “Just Keep Sewing

  1. I had a crazy week, for all the reasons. And confession – I can’t thread my sewing machine.

    My son (almost 15) cooks. My daughter, just 12 last Friday, is still afraid of the stove.

    Looks like you’re making nice progress for very early in the round. =)


  2. I’d love to see a picture of the dress when it’s finished. That sounds like such a good project. I have no sewing skills whatsoever, but I love that you’re teaching your kids these practical, hands-on skills. It’s great to raise kids with a DIY attitude.

    My week is going well. I might not meet my goal of writing 10,000 words/week, but I’m still hoping to have a finished draft of my novelette “White Wolf, Red Cloak.” If I can meet that goal, I’ll call this week a win.

    Happy writing–and sewing! 🙂


  3. We’re learning sewing too! The sewing part is going great. It’s the laying out of the pattern and cutting that sends my girls running. Of course, I run too, so can I blame them?


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