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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

What was supposed to be a jammed packed Saturday with three soccer games, two birthday parties and an evening picnic - turned into a lazy day because all activities were canceled due to the impending rain in Cleveland.  However, I reached my lazy day quota back in June when the kids were out for the entire summer on vacation and had no idea how I was supposed to keep them busy on a rainy day in September. That's what soccer is for!


I brushed the dust off my old sewing machine. The one that my father purchased for me when I started my ebay "Personalized Bibs" business before my blogging days.


It was love at first sight for my seven-year-old daughter. She started out with left over scraps of fabric to create a dress for her Barbie.




She over-estimated the fabric and created an Amish Barbie. We all know that Barbie shows too much skin anyways. Kuddos fashionista Lola!



"I want to try again, Mama."


"This time it will be better!"

"How about some lunch?"

"Lunch can wait. I want to sew."




So sew, she did.

Two hours later she created the next American Girl holiday outfit.





"Dear God, girlfriend. What now?

"I want to sew a dress for myself!"


We found ourselves at a fabric store because I'm the mom missing a backbone when it comes to cute hobbies. I asked the sales associate not to laugh at me when I inquired how to thread the bobbin. I threaded the bobbin on my own and we were ready to go with new bobbin and new fabric.




And we, as in Lola, continued sewing.




And sewing.


Until she made a dress for herself (all on her own - I swear) to wear to school the next day.



I was mentally exhausted but immensely proud after a full day of sewing with my daughter. She's hoping it rains again this Saturday. I'm hoping I have the energy to keep up with her.

Thank you Ka-Ka-Katy for all the sewing blogs you referred me to. What else am I missing out on, dear readers? Please share. I sew need to know.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:01


# Elaine 2011-09-12 22:46
She made that dress in less than a day? I'm in awe of her. You have your own little fashion designer on your hands there, my friend!

Awesome way to spend a "lazy" day. ;)
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:37
In just one day. It was a very loooooooong rainy day with two trips to the fabric store.
# Renee - Studio Bold 2011-09-12 22:53
I'm so grateful that my mom taught me how to sew and did projects like this with me when I was little. This will be a memory your girls won't forget - and a skill they'll thank you for!
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:38
I don't have much to teach her - we are going to have to start reading up on things together. Perfect momther/daughter bonding hobby, no?
# Laurie 2011-09-12 23:09
I could barely make a pillow case when I was 12, and your little sweetheart made herself a dress? I'd bow down to her if I wasn't SO (no sewing here!) exhausted!! :) Good night!
# Frannie 2011-09-13 05:04
That is amazing! Great job Lola.
# Amy 2011-09-13 05:08
Lola has inspired me to pull out my machine and start to sew again Isabella who is 9 has been sewing and designing for a year and when we can fit it into her crazy schedule, she takes a design class at the Rec.
I am sew prou of my girl and I know you are bubbling over with wonderful ideas for Lola to sew.
Did she use a pattern for her dress or did she do it with her own design? Amazing!!
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:30
We went to the fabric store and I asked for the easiest pattern they had.
# Jessica 2011-09-13 07:29
Oh I love this. She is so creative and it is amazing that you encourage it. You win the mom award for the weekend for sure!
# Tara R. 2011-09-13 07:31
Brava Lola! Your dress is adorable.
# Elizabeth 2011-09-13 10:26
What?! Your seven-year-old did that herself? After only sew 2 dresses for dolls? I am so impressed! She could have her own etsy store if she practiced. Good job Lola.
# LOVD 2011-09-13 11:04
Thank God for rainy days. It seems to give opportunity to feed hidden passions!!! Good for Lola! Keep feeding that desire until she tires of it. If she never does, then designer is her future!!!!
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:39
So true. We had SUCH a busy day planned and thankfully the rain canceled all our plans. Otherwise I am sure I would not have dragged the sewing machine upstairs.
# Brandy 2011-09-13 11:11
Way to go Lola! Her dresses turned out adorable!!
# Renny 2011-09-13 11:41
Dresses by Lola.

When she is a famous fashion designer can she make my dress for the red carpet? :)
# alimartell 2011-09-13 11:58
My girls would KILL for a sewing machine. This is AWESOME.
# kakaty 2011-09-13 12:33
Go Lola! I'm so excited for her - I love the "I made this" feeling from sewing. In fact, as I said on twitter, I sat down in front of my machine last night because Lola inspired me after a summer of now sewing.
That dress is pretty impressive! Did she use a pattern or wing it?
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:31
We used a pattern. I asked the sales associate to hand me the easiest dress pattern they carried.
# Meg 2011-09-13 12:44
i like feenie's fabric choice. perfect!! god i miss your kids.
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:32
We really need to come out to AZ. Maybe just me and the kiddos for Spring Break 2012.
# Beth A Moms Life 2011-09-13 12:51
I don't know a thing about sewing but KUDOS to your daughter! That is awesome!
# Jamie 2011-09-13 13:01
Yay you for letting them get lost in it! I predict some sewing lessons on next summer's dare list!
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:33
I should look into that Jamie. Surely there's go to be some real sewing lessons for kids in Cleveland. Good idea!
# Jeni Hill Ertmer 2011-09-13 13:18
Whoa Bessie! Lola did that dress by herself? That is absolutely incredible! My mother, who was an excellent seamstress, if she were alive today to see Lola's work, would be wanting to come to Cleveland and drag Lola home with her, claiming her as her ideal child and she could then toss me out completely as someone she has no idea how I came to be, how I came to claim HER as being my parent! I've been trying to sew for well over 35 years now -sometimes with relatively passable results -but never to the degree Lola exhibits here and never to the degree that made my workmanship acceptable in my mom's eyes. That is truly fantastic that she was able to create that dress -and the Barbie clothes too. (I could never deal with the Barbie clothes-making for my daughters' dolls simply because I couldn't handling working with such tiny items-for openers. Turn that child loose any time she has the urge to sew and by the time she's 10, she could have her own seamstress business!
# Colleen 2011-09-13 13:42
Sewing was something I did when I was younger (a friend and I, at 11, thought we were going to own our own scrunchy-making business) and wish I'd stuck with! How cool that she made and wore a new dress!
# Marta 2011-09-13 20:06
I'm super impressed. There is no way I could have even sewed Amish Barbie, much less a dress for myself! Way to go Lola! I wonder if they'll still have Project Runway when she's older...
# alexandra 2011-09-13 20:59

A whole new world opened up for you all, didn't it?

This is exciting.
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:34
Yes, an entirely new world she never even knew existed.
# Karen 2011-09-13 21:01
You need to watch the movie "Coco - Before Chanel". She started sewing in an orphanage, and it became her passion. You may have two little Coco's in training.
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:34
That's one of most most favorite movies, ever.
# Lynne 2011-09-13 22:09
Sign her up for one of the Design It classes. She'll love it.
# Pauline 2011-09-14 07:35
I just saw the flyer come home. Do they sew or just design?
# Loukia 2011-09-15 21:33
I feel very inferior right now. Tomorrow when the kids complain about some little issue, I'm going to say: "My friend Pauline's child MADE HER OWN CLOTHES TO WEAR TO SCHOOL IN ONE DAY, so hush!"
# mama bird diaries 2011-09-17 22:59
SHE SHOULD BE ON PROJECT RUNWAY. I am seriously impressed. I want to sew!
# Al_Pal 2011-09-18 00:28
Awesome. I've made some simple curtains, and done some basic repairs and alterations, but this is way cool! Congrats!

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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