I am shattered! Do you sometimes use that expression? It means that one is absolutely exhausted. Today, we tried hard to finish the sewing projects we had planned to do in two days. So here, I will share the big reveal.
Let me start off by saying that I think that as adults, we have a responsibility to pass on our skills to the younger generation. They sometimes show like they are more interested in their gadgets but I still think that we should give it a try.
So if you’ve been following our blog since last week, you would see that we have dedicated some time away from blogging to ensure that the kids enjoy their two week Easter holiday break. We have planned day trips, craft and library days, as well as other fun learning opportunities to do during the break.
We didn’t have a lie in this morning because we really wanted to get on with the sewing projects we were doing. The excitement was in the air and there was no sad face in the house! The plan was to get a quick breakfast of plantains and eggs with hot chocolate (it was indeed a rainy and droopy looking day).
After that, we made a pasta salad for lunch and put it to chill, got the kitchen cleared and ready for the sewing stations (all of three).
It would be an untruth if I said it was plain sailing. The enthusiasm was lacking at times when mistakes were made and the stitch ripper had to be employed. It did take lots of encouragement and a little help to get things moving.
Spirits were buoyed up, however, when we announced that they were to hurry up as we would be having a little fashion show.
So the gadgets were put away and the creativity took on a life of its own. After a quick lunch break of pasta salad and fruit smoothie, the second half of the last day dedicated to craft activities carried on in earnest.
By the way, we did try working with some music in the background but that quickly had to be disbanded as the young ‘uns were more inclined to show us the latest dance moves rather than getting on with the task at hand.
Unfortunately, one of the young dressmakers had to be engaged elsewhere so the big reveal of her dress will have to be done at a later date.
Here are some highlights from the others.
Pardon the view with the under blouse and the odd socks!
The hem is shorter in the front than the back.
Getting the hem adjusted on the palaza (sp) or culotte. I remember wearing ones like this. I see them coming back in vogue now so I need to get a bigger pattern.
Click on the image below to get your own ready-made culotte from Amazon or you can purchase the pattern and fabric to make your own.
We did take the opportunity to show how items of clothing could be repurposed to make other items. In this case, we used a little girl’s Jeans trousers that were now too short, to make a fashionable skirt which she loves!
The floral bit of fabric we had left over from an earlier skirt making escapade. If you have an old pillowcase or two, that can be used as well. You are only limited by your creativity.
Here are some other recycling opportunities and the outcomes from some of my former students. The items make lovely pieces which I am sure they will treasure for years to come.
So, when school’s out, make sure you have planned some activities to keep the minds of your young ones engaged in fun, active learning. And remember that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Keep within your budget so that you can plan and save for bigger opportunities down the line.
We have two days to go in reporting our daily frugal happenings to you. So far, we have yet to get the stars line up for a frugal barbecue where we make our own Jerk Chicken using our homemade marinade. The kids have been praying for the perfect weather conditions so we can sit in the back garden and have our BBQ. No such luck yet. Keep your fingers crossed for us for the next two days.
Did you say what about the fashion show? Yes, we did have one videotaped and all. You may check our Youtube channel. Do subscribe and give us some likes as we try to grow.