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Miss Maisie Learns To Sew (at 4 yrs old!)

My friend dropped off a wonderful gift for Maisie- a mini Janome sewing machine that used to belong to her daughter (who is now a teen)!

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My 4 yr old (who has excellent eye/hand coordination) was immediately enthralled and wanted to learn to sew right away.

Everyday we’ve completed a project- she’s doing microwavable bean bags filled with rice for ‘owwies’. She made a heart the first day, a triangle for her teacher the second day, and today we did a bigger triangle with rag box applique hearts and other decorations.

Maisie said she wanted to be like an elf and make a lot of them for Christmas 🎁 presents-

This teeny Janome is a workhorse! It sewed through thick woolen material with no issues and has 10 stitch settings!

Each day she gets more confident with this thing- I should probably start her on hand sewing as well.

I hauled out a brand new sewing machine that had still been in the box for 5 yrs and never touched for me to use next to hers. It’s a Brother computerized 130 stitch quilting/sewing machine and I love it so far, too!

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she decided on how she would decorate ‘her side’ of the triangle

 

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Throwback Thursday: Sewing and Designing Little Couture Doll Ensembles for My Kid’s Gene Dolls

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The finished outfit for Maisie’s Gene doll 🙂 Not bad for no pattern…

This is a little throwback Thursday post- I wrote it on Thursday and forgot to post it til Friday, though!

Last winter I went nuts and bought a ton of those gorgeous Gene fashion dolls for Maisie off eBay. I purchased clothed ones, naked ones, doll trunks, you name it… I guess you could say I did this for me. Having a little girl has been fulfilling all of my childhood doll fantasies in a really big way!

I sew and design clothes in my spare time (I used to design dog furniture in Oslo, Norway about a dozen years ago). I have a bad habit of collecting vintage fabrics and clothing (hello, hoarding). This little outfit prototype was made of an early 1960s silk chiffon nightie and some vintage black jersey fabric.

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all hand sewn while Maisie was sleeping. It’s a pain trying to make a sloper pattern for a doll.

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teeny stitches

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the beginnings

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had to sort out the arm holes et al

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not the neatest hem I’ve done, but it was ok for the prototype

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I really loved the belt and stole

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voila! My design!

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another view

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another outfit I started, with a belt made of vintage scraps

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teeny head scarf made from 1930s-40s fabric scraps

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head scarf on doll