Sewing is a meditative calm, an act of freedom, an opportunity to wander into the inner depths of my mind. I get to know myself better through the time I spend sewing. Although I've been sewing since I was a little girl, I'm almost exclusively self taught. My grandmother is a Jane of all trades when it comes to crafting and long before I started school, she had me sewing square blocks together to form my very first quilt. Through the years I've made pillows, curtains, and loads of tote bags. But I've always wanted to make clothes. And I've always been way too intimidated to make clothes.
Armed with a three day weekend last week, I decided that come Monday I would take advantage of 1/2 priced Holidays at the thrift store and buy enough materials to practice making little dresses. I've wanted to use the same technique I've been using for tote bags in repurposing funny, political, uplifting, and off color tee shirts into children's dresses. With a cart load of second hand tee shirts, clothing, and fabric, I came home and started teaching myself to make these little dresses! The first couple were really wonky, but they quickly improved. I posted pictures to facebook and the response was overwhelming. My friends and fans love these little dresses.
Although I wasn't planning to sell my practice dresses, I finally gave in and listed them for sale in my etsy shop. I only have a few left, but wanted to invite you to take a look if you're interested.