To be honest, I had thought she was done with dresses. I had thought she was at that age where she would live in her jeans. But no, apparently not.
It might have been the warmer than usual weather. It might have been the new school. It might have even been just to make a middle child point.
But I heard her.
And this afternoon, after we had done most of the chores but before we gathered the girls from school, I pulled out some bits of fabric I thought she might like, and I got to work.
I cut out a dress that I make for Pepper often; Mixy-matchy sleeves and bodice. But I don't think I've ever made a 10 year old a dress, and the entire time I was just guessing. Wider here. Longer there. Bigger all together.
When she came home from school I showed it to her and she said she loved it, but she would try it on later. And then later, she said even later. And later.
Until it was almost dark and it just had to be then.
So she left her role as dress maker in the game she was playing with Pepper and put it on. She looked in the mirror and turned this way and that. Then she made a funny face and stood there tugging at it.
Finally she declared that she liked the back better than the front and that she just wasn't sure. But she gave me 10 minutes in the forest with my camera, so I was happy.
I'm hoping to make her another, a bit bigger, with less pink and maybe a bit more of an a-line style, some time very soon.
But the sewing, I really, really loved the sewing. And now my mind is racing with summer sewing possibilities…twirly skirts, flowy dresses, crochet details and maybe even something for me…yay!
I love, love, love that creative buzzy feeling. I reckon you probably know the one I mean. It's the best!
What have you been making?
I'd love to know.