A Day of Sewing - Eva Varga

April 15, 20099

I’ve been refreshing my sewing skills the past couple of months in an effort to create heritage costumes or Norwegian bunads for each of us as well as a few other random projects. I haven’t sewn in many years so I have had a lot of frustrating moments. My mother came over to help me a few weeks ago and we finished my bunad. The vest I created still needs some minor changes – I’ve decided that I don’t like the peplum and will likely remove it as well as add a few tucks for a better fit.

I had picked up a wool skirt and a shirt at the Goodwill in hopes that I could make a few alterations and thereby create a costume for DD that would grow with her. I didn’t get the hem even all the way around and the tucking I did in the back could use a few modifications. However, I am very pleased with how it turned out. The shirt I initially purchased for myself works perfectly for her… and she can use it for years to come.
With all the sewing I have been doing, Sweetie has taken an interest as well. Charlotte Mason advocated the child’s learning handicrafts. In her day, those handicrafts could help to support and enable the child as he or she grew to adulthood.

Four succinct points should be kept in mind when selecting handicrafts and life skills.

  1. The end-product should be useful. The children should not “be employed in making futilities such as pea and stick work, paper mats, and the like.”
  2. Teach the children “slowly and carefully what they are to do.”
  3. Emphasize the habit of best effort. “Slipshod work should not be allowed.”
  4. Carefully select handicrafts and life skills to challenge but not frustrate. “The children’s work should be kept well within their compass.”

She hasn’t stuffed it yet – as I didn’t have any Polyfill – so it’s off to the fabric store this afternoon. Her seam lines are pretty good though there are a few places we’ll have to touch up by hand. She plans to enter it in the county fair in August. I don’t imagine there will be many entrants for 6 year olds in sewing.


  • Alex

    April 16, 2009 at 2:52 am

    that dolphin is beautiful, she did a great job!

  • Oregon Mom

    April 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Very cool!

  • Michelle

    April 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I’m so impressed! The only thing I have done with my sewing machine as of late is hurriedly attach cub scout patches to my son’s shirt. Someday…..

  • Alycia in Va.

    April 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    great work! Handwork has never been my strength but evidently you’re little one has picked it up nicely 🙂

  • Lisa

    April 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    How do you find the time to add sewing into your day? I feel so overwhelmed with the basics and my 5 kids. I know my younger two girls would love to learn to sew.

  • Becky

    April 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I just love that dolphin! Great job, and nice post. I need to get sewing…in my spare time! 😉

  • Jimmie

    April 29, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Oh, most impressive! 🙂
    Sewing is a skill that will serve her well all her life.

  • Marie

    May 1, 2009 at 2:05 am

    GREAT JOB on the dolphin. I envy anyone who sews, I am not crafty like that at all.

  • See Jamie blog

    May 1, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I love the outfit in that photo and I am impressed with her dolpin! ♥

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