Thank you for all your encouragement and advice yesterday.

I don’t think I’ve ever attempted any harder task:  teaching my girls, facing my

own demons,  and  praying that

at end of the day, God fills in the gaps.

We’ve spent the better part of two afternoons in the craft room—-which always seems to cure our restless spirits.

We entered at 1:30, armed with patterns, fabrics and pins…….


and emerged at 3:30 with this dainty little spring number.


and we couldn’t resist the urge to brave the wet, chilly day


to dance around,  and kirtsy


and wish for spring.


I used McCall’s pattern # 5797 and found the fabric at Hobby Lobby.   We also made sock monkeys which, I have to say, are about the cutest things EVER! This could be a wonderful lazy, crafting, reading kind-of-a-weekend. Take that, January!

Thank you for your patience as Darcy and I fiddle with fonts and headers and such to make this new home for lifeingrace cozy.

100 comments on “a little spring sewing”

  1. That is so cute, I wish I was in to sewing when my daughter was that age she 17 now and I love to sew and she won`t learn. You did a fantastic job teaching her.

  2. Adorable dress. The fabric is really cute. Is the pattern a simple one?? My 9 year old got a sewing machine for Christmas and I think we need to visit the store for a super easy pattern. I would love any sewing advice you have. Thanks.

  3. Oh Edie, the dress turned out adorable. You’re doing awesome w/ your photos too. I am going to start learning my new camera this weekend. I’m so glad you are seeing the ray of sunshine through the clouds. We all have those days, especially when you’re homeschooling and trying to do it all. Luvs, Jess

  4. I’m so glad that you are teaching your kids how to sew! I learned when I was in third grade and I think it is so important for young kids to learn this skill!

  5. Those are delightful! I am hoping to learn sewing alongside my 8-year-old daughter…when we can squeeze it in. Also, thanks for the honesty on your last post about homeschooling. Like you, I gave up a full-time career outside the home 3 years ago to be at home and to homeschool. We are pretty classical in our approach as well {involved in one-day-a-week Classical Conversations which we love} but it’s sort of a combination around here. Philosophically and emotionally, I’m drawn to Classical and to Charlotte Mason but I find myself clinging still to the measurable. Actually your post inspires me to let go a little bit more. My 3rd grade girl just brought up the public school thing too…maybe it’s contagious this time of year. I don’t have any answers to offer you, only kinship. I love your blog and think you’re super cool. : )

  6. LOVE the dress!! *sigh* Oh, the fun of dressing little girls!! And I don’t think I ever said – the new look for the blog is SO divine. Love the new header (at least new since the last time I commented).

  7. i slip away for a few days and look what happens! love: the color-on-color background, the header and how it has your full name up there, {the cheery…errr… cherry photo!}, the beautiful dress {!!}, your sweet photo captions… and the watermarks on your photos… girl, we gotta talk! 😉
    enjoy this january weekend with those beautiful girls!! 🙂

  8. Love the dress! It reminds me of the pillow case dresses I used to make my Cami! Maybe I’ll pick that pattern up and giver a try!

    So, did the girls prick their fingers with the pins??? I almost always do!!! But, for some reason I keep going back for more!!! LOL

    Have a wonderful Sunday with your sweet family.


  9. Oh my gosh, Love it! The colors are amazing- any chance you’ll be adding Etsy shop to your list of endevors?!!! My makcie LOVES color and print!!! And di you guys stentil the bow on her boots?!??

  10. Adorable (you may have an influx of comments from me as I continue to read your archives and can’t refrain from responding even though these posts are a year old)! I haven’t sewn since high school home ec but have been wanting to learn. I would like to get a sewing machine and teach my 5 and 7 year olds how to sew as well. They would love this!!

  11. Adorable (you may have an influx of comments from me as I continue to read your archives and can’t refrain from responding even though these posts are a year old)! I haven’t sewn since high school home ec but have been wanting to learn. I would like to get a sewing machine and teach my 5 and 7 year olds how to sew as well. They would love this!!

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