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From: karenann33
Date: 10-02-2006, 03:45 PM (1 of 7)
New here. I've sewn before but not since much long after high school (and I'm 40 now). My sewing machine has been collecting dust ever since. It's a miracle the thing still works. LOL!!

I have 3 kids and the reason I HAVE to get good at sewing is because my 4 year old daughter is impossible to dress. She's tall with that baby belly. 4's are too tight or too short. 5's are too big or too long. The only clothes that work are the pricey ones like Hanna Andersson and who can afford to pay $45 for one dress? Also I get irritated because all the clothes for little girls look like miniture adults.

All she wants to wear is dresses and she doesn't care as long as it's pink or purple and frilly. I got a pattern for a simple jumper (no buttons or zippers) to start with and I'm making it out of a strawberry shortcake soft flannel print.

Anybody else get started this way?

Anyhoo wish me luck. I cut out the pattern last night and tonight I'm going to get started after the kids go to bed. It says it's a 2 hour jumper so I figure that means 5 hours for me. LOL!!

User: karenann33
Member since: 10-01-2006
Total posts: 1
From: blackie
Date: 10-02-2006, 04:28 PM (2 of 7)
Good luck. Please do post questions if you have them. You will get speedy and accurate replies. The sew-whats-new ladies and gents are the best!

Posting pics of the pattern and the fabric is great too so we can weigh in - oh, also seek out to see what others have said about your pattern.

Once you figure out how to put a zipper in and sew a nice facing you can make simple dresses over and over.
see the mundane life of a housewife.
User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: Sew-blessed
Date: 10-02-2006, 06:08 PM (3 of 7)
I know what you mean when it comes to finding things that fit! My daughter is only 8 but I have to buy 10-12 or 14 for the length! She is very tall! I think you should do fine with that jumper! Just remember to take your time! I always get frustrated if I mess up and I have to just walk away! Let us know how it goes!


Success in the making!

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User: Sew-blessed
Member since: 09-05-2006
Total posts: 16
From: paroper
Date: 10-03-2006, 07:53 AM (4 of 7)
That's a perfect place to start! You'll do fine!

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: mozeyrn
Date: 10-03-2006, 10:19 PM (5 of 7)
I too hadn't sewn since high school (and I'm 41 now with 3 year old). Whenever I have a question about something I can't understand (no matter how many times I read a pattern) I'll ask a question and always get many helpful replies.
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
Kenmore 16231000
User: mozeyrn
Member since: 11-29-2005
Total posts: 349
From: kimbee1022
Date: 10-03-2006, 10:23 PM (6 of 7)
Welcome...from one newbie to another...good luck. I am going to be 46 and just got the sewing machine from hubby for graduation present!!! Have not did any sewing since High School.

User: kimbee1022
Member since: 09-25-2006
Total posts: 4
From: searose
Date: 10-03-2006, 11:19 PM (7 of 7)
dear karenann33 . thirtyfive years ago i was a single mum with 3 children. it was necessary for me to get back into sewing so my children could have clothes. myfirst project was a pink and white check jumper that i made for my daughter to start 1st grade--all by hand -as i could not afford a sewing machine until a few years later. i kept that jumper for quite a few years as inspiration and fond memories:up:
User: searose
Member since: 09-30-2006
Total posts: 45
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