Summer Sewing

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I’ve had an enjoyable time sewing with my girls lately. Hannah, Rachel and Madeline (left to right above) participated in the 4-H “clothing you make” competition locally this year.

Hannah (left) entered the concert black dress she made during the school year for the purpose of hand bell ringing with the Rochester Area Association of Christian Home Educators. She exchanged the required black waist band for a turquoise silk ribbon and a matching necklace.

Madeline (right) made a princess seam sundress with an all-cotton Hampton 306 blue floral print from Acorn Fabrics in England. She added a coordinating raw silk for the bodice that she found at Ginny’s Fine Fabric in Rochester, Minnesota, along with the blue lace for her shrug. Sewing with lace was a new experience for Maddy.

Rachel made the “Laura” A-line dress from Sew Beautiful magazine #92 in an Italian cotton blue check she found in our stash (a gift from a friend). She also found a machine embroidery piece that she helped to create on a Pfaff Creative machine a few years ago. She added white piping to the neckline, sleeves and the waistband; a challenging new skill for her. She also lined her dress with Swiss broadcloth.

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The girls enjoyed meeting with the judges and learning a few things about how they could improve their sewing skill.

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The greatest thing, however, is the time together…watching their progress…

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And having a good time.

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