So I haven’t mentioned the Summer Bucket List in quite some time, and I have two reasons for that. One, the weather has cooled down and our long lazy days spent poolside have been replaced with schooling and running from one scheduled activity to the next. I’m no longer looking for fun ways to fill our days because our days have a way of filling up on their own. And two, I’d kind of forgotten about it.
I did mark off a lot of the ideas on the list, some of which I didn’t even update here on the blog. In fact, I’m still marking some off even though it’s no longer a goal. For example, recently Edie and I made a nightgown together, an idea I had inspired by the summer bucket list.
It originally started out that Edie and I were going to complete a sewing project together. And the more I mulled over the idea of sewing with my girl, the more I accepted that she’s just not ready to sit behind a sewing machine. It was a good thought, and perhaps it will be a 2013 Summer Bucket List item. But Edie sewing right now is just not a good idea. There’s a lot of sharp objects involved in sewing with the scissors and needles and all, and there’s just too much that could go wrong. I have a feeling that if her first sewing experience ended with either losing a pinky or sewing her hand to a pillow, it’s going to spoil her desire to sew in the future. As I’ve learned, you really need to love sewing before you stitch an appendage to a garment so that you’ll stick with it. (No pun intended!)
So I decided to wait a bit, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t sit beside me while I explain to her everything I’m doing.
So that’s what we did. We talked about different fabrics and how we use them for different things. We discussed all the different kinds of stitches a machine can sew and why we sometimes use a serger verses a regular sewing machine. It was step in the right sewing direction.
She wants to learn, and she wants me to teach her. And I will, one day, but for now, I enjoyed having her next to me, keeping me company while I worked on this project.
When I bought this material, I was still thinking that she might actually sew some on this nightgown. So I totally bought it with her in mind. On my own, I would never have picked out something so animal print-ish, but I was trying to find something she might pick out for herself.
It’s just your average pillowcase dress, but made out of a knit fabric. It was inspired by this pinterest idea.
Edie loves it. It’s her go-to nightgown these days and the first one she wears after the laundry’s been done. Even though technically she didn’t sew a single stitch, she still feels like she was a part of the project, and that’s made her love this nightgown even more.
And yesterday when we were talking about her upcoming birthday, she said a sewing machine was at the top of her wish list. Oh yea, she’s been bitten by the bug.