a little spring sewing

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.

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  • Donna says:

    Very cute!!! Love those colors – definitely chases those January blues away!!! Happy Weekend!

  • This makes me wish I could sew :) And I love those boots! I love the new design, and this header is my favorite!

  • Looks like spring. Nothing like a little color to brighten the spirit:)

  • those are so adorable! LOVE her blue boots.

  • Debra says:

    So cute and love the boots!

  • Cindy says:

    LOVE IT!

  • becca says:

    how sweet! i so wish i could sew :)

  • cristy says:

    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.

  • Edie that dress is ADORABLE! Loving the new digs, too!

  • Melissa says:

    Beautiful new look and wow what a fun project to do together! I love the material!

  • candace says:

    How cute is the yellow and aqua?! Very springy!

  • thea says:

    Simply fabulous! I love the simplicity of your pictures…and blog!! Everything looks amazing!!

  • Darlene says:

    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.

  • Ali says:

    Shut up. That dress, and the boots?! Oh my heavens. DARLING. Simply darling.

  • 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

  • LaVonne says:

    Very cute! I love this dress. I need to learn how to sew. That is one of my goals for this year. I just need a cheap and easy sewing machine.


  • Get. Out. Of. Town. That is ADORABLE! And the teal boots are just the cherry on top! So cute and fun!

  • Sarah says:

    Awesome…the fabric is gorgeous! xxx

  • The colors! So fresh and yummy~a perfect bright spot in the dreary winter.

  • Julianna says:

    I love that! If I had a girl, I’d be on the sewing machine right now…
    There’s still time for one though.

  • kay says:

    Lovely!What’s next?

  • Cate says:

    Gorgeous colours – and glad to hear that you are feeling better in yourself. Nothing like a bit of time out :-)

  • Renee says:

    Oh how darling! I may have to put that pattern on my sewing wish list! Lydia Joy would love a little spring dress like that one! How fun.

  • Denise says:

    Cute, cute, cute! And liking the sidebar as well! :)

  • Kim says:

    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!

  • The Scooper says:

    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. : )

  • Kirsten says:

    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).

  • patty says:

    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!! :)

  • Lanie says:

    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.


  • Kyra says:

    The jumper is too cute!

    Discovered your blog over Christmas break-love it!

  • Kasey says:

    That dress is so darling. I love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

  • Debbie says:

    So inspiring! Makes me want to have another little girl to sew for (my youngest is 17). Great pictures! She will love this dress, I’m sure.

  • Ruth says:

    What a great way to spend the afternoon. The jumpers are just too cute and sure make you wish for spring.


  • gina says:

    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?!??

  • Carol Busse says:

    What a gorgeous dress, Edie. And I love the boots that go with it.

  • Crystal says:

    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!!

  • Crystal says:

    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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