Sewing taught me many things, but one of the most important is sewing has taught me is HOW I learn a best. Case in point: I most prefer to be shown something (with good verbal instruction) and then allowed to try said skill on my own. To really learn it; I need to do it. A long time ago I made, with lots of help, a corduroy jumper for Ella. I think it was even before I had a blog. After this corduroy jumper was done, I decided I was going to beef up my garment sewing skills. I went to choose a sweet calico fabric that would look perfect on my then two year old Ella come spring time. I could do this!
There are parts of any project that make me a tab bit nervous. The feeling of “Oh no, what if I screw this up?”. For me, button holes. Yep. That’s was it.
Pretty fabric chosen: check.
Dress cut out: check.
Dress sewn together: check. Right down to the button holes and the bottom hem.
Two year come and go. Every once in a while, I see the jumper. I think to myself I really should finish that one. I could learn to make a button hole. I never do.
Fast forward to this winter. I get a new (to me) sewing machine. A really beauty. She even has a modern button hole stitch. One day, two weeks ago or so, I was rummaging around in my fabric bin and a came across the aforementioned jumper. I knew if I could just make one of those buttons it would fit one of my girls. Eventually … maybe even now….
So really this jumper was all about the buttons. Funny thing is, I cut this dress out years ago for Ella and it fits her now. I am not sure how I was so off on the sizing, but let’s just call that a happy mistake.