Sissy loves glitter, silk, cheetah and pink. Her favorite jumper gave her all of that and warmth, too. But as little girls do, she grew. Her favorite dress suddenly became too short. Since at least two more months of winter loom ahead, my plan involved lengthening the hem to get her through to spring.
Adding wide ribbon to the bottom would give Sissy a bit of grow room. It’s a simple fix.
Everything looks good as I begin to add the ribbon. After a couple inches I check it to see the end product.
With the ribbon close to the edge, the stitches slip off the edge too easily. I’ll lose a little length, but I’ve got to move it up.
That’s what I wanted. It adds about an inch, which is a lot on a 34″ tall toddler.
Sissy likes to pick out her own clothes now. I’ll be doing the laundry often to keep this one in circulation for her.
Is a sewing machine for you?
My mom sews like a professional and my sister makes a living sewing. I use my sewing machine for easier projects, a little quilting and rips/repairs. I’ve found replacement parts at yard sales, fabric at thrift stores and inherited a button basket that will last through my great-great-grandchildren’s childhoods.
All the money I’ve put into it has more than repaid me in savings. If you want to begin sewing, look for a used machine from your area. Call a craft store to find if they offer classes or tutoring, and ask around the neighborhood or at church for help.
During my junior high years, I taught my 10-year-old sister Leeann how to thread my mom’s sewing machine. That’s all it took for her to start a love for sewing. It’s “sew” much easier than you think.