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24 Feb, 2012

A different kind of arm candy

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|File under crafty|Publishing/writing/career stuff

Have I ever mentioned that Sarah loves to make her own clothes? And that I’m a terrible seamstress? This week’s column over at Canadian Family magazine features a no-sew sewing project. (My favourite kind.)

Here’s a hint:


Would you look at that proud beaming face? LOOK AT THE BEAMING.

Ahem. You can read the post here.

We went to Value Village to pick up the supplies for this project the other day. Sarah was thrilled. She’d been begging to go for weeks.

“Why do you like ValVill so much anyway,” I asked.

“Because I LOVE CLOTHES,” she said, with heavy emphasis on the LOVE part. I know this to be true, because this kid has always had her own style. Always.

Sarah's fashions

1. Sarah, 2. Sarah, 3. Sarah, 4. Sarah, 5. Sarah vacuums, 6. Sarah, 7. Sarah’s dress, 8. Sarah likes hats, 9. Sarah. Minus one tooth., 10. Sarah and her bouquet, 11. Sarah – first day 2011, 12. New jacket!

Tell me, how on earth did I end up with such a little fashionista?

3 Responses to "A different kind of arm candy"

1 | coffeewithjulie

February 24th, 2012 at 4:32 pm


Oh, that smile could light up the whole sky! Love it!

2 | Lorrie Douthwright

February 24th, 2012 at 8:59 pm


Fabu! That is a great smile too.

3 | Mary @ Parenthood

February 26th, 2012 at 6:42 am


Good job! She looks so happy!

PS As a person who also formerly defined myself as a hate to sew / terrible at it, in part due to a non-sewing mother and childhood experience a la Home Ec, may I encourage you to find an enthusiastic seamstress to teach Sarah how to sew?

In my case, the internal monologue telling me that the frustration I experienced as a child was because sewing is “hard” and “I’m not good at it” were enough to make it true. But sewing is actually not particularly difficult. If you can drive in a straight line and read architectural blueprints, you actually DO have the skillset you need to be a seamstress! I found learning to sew as an adult (with said enthusiastic mentor) was liberating. I still don’t sew often as I don’t always make time, but I have made dresses for my daughter and skirts for my self and I now know that I can.

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