I have sewn from a very young age. My mother showed me the basics and then set me free in her sewing baskets.
But there was no pressure.
I have the same philosophy with my children.
You have to eat vegetables,drink lots of water,tidy your room and have good manners and clean shoes.
You do not have to learn to sew.
The biggies have all made the odd thing but have never had much of a passion. Then along came Lidia.
If you have guessed by now,I adore my children but I am not a ''fluffy mummy''. I will help my tribe with any task they want to achieve but I expect a good attitude and a good effort.
A job worth doing is worth doing well(and all that jazz).
Taking advantage of the free downloadable patterns from oliver+S I have set up a program for my children. They must complete each garment before moving on to the next.
Back to Miss Liddy Biddy.....
She is frightfully keen and has been asking for some sewing time so last Friday we made a start.
I made her read all the instructions herself and then tell me what she thought she had to do. If she was confident,she could set up the step and call me to check.
I was ironing nearby.
I put a sticker on the machine to mark the seam allowance.
I showed her how to finger press before ironing and encouraged her to continually check her pattern.
Lidia is a math boffin so it was not hard to impress the importance of accuracy when sewing.
The waist casing took a few attempts.
There was quite a bit of unpicking but she took it with great grace.
We got as far as threading the elastic but there we called it a day.
Two hours solid sewing is enough for any little girl.
I am not sure when we will finish it as football/netball season has started.....maybe if we do 1/2 hour or so each night after homework?
It doesn't matter,I just couldn't be more proud of her.