sewing a skirt for Elise

I have a rather unfortunate relationship with my sewing machine.  I love it and respect it and am frequently inspired to use it.  But, until a couple of weeks ago, I never had sewn anything on it.  This is after my mother got me this beautiful refurbished machine as a birthday gift 5 years ago!  (Dearest mother of mine, if you didn’t know this before, I’m really sorry.) 

Driven by desperation to make a last-minute-but-priceless birthday gift for a little friend, I got out the machine and opened up the manual.  After a little bit of coaxing and studying, the machine came to life and began to do the same things my mother’s wonderful old Bernina did for me all throughout my childhood. 

I made Elise a skirt using this pattern, and it really was almost as easy as that blog’s crafty mama claims it will be.  Unless, of course, you have no elastic and nowhere to buy any, so at the last minute you have to convert it into a wrap skirt.  

And the best part of all of it was that Elise loved the skirt!  She wore it that evening at her birthday party.  And then she melted my heart the next day when she walked into church wearing it too.

Lena, what would you like your mama to sew for you?  How about some fabric beach balls?  Comin’ right up!

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9 Responses to sewing a skirt for Elise

  1. esther. August 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm #


    The fabric beach balls were one of my first projects, too! Don’t be disappointed when they come out lumpy. Stuffing is an unknown art form, apparently!

  2. Eden August 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    This is so great!! Congrats on working with the machine. I need to sew some extra length onto a dress… maybe I’ll try this weekend.

  3. lucyanngreen6 August 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    aawww…that’s the cutest skirt! and how satisfying it is to know she liked it so well :_)

  4. Di August 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    The skirt looks fabulous and I am so glad the recipient loved it. I too got a sewing machine from my mum as a house warming present about 2 years ago and so far all I have done with it is wind 3 bobbins.

  5. Becca August 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Haha, Di, I can so relate! (Obviously.) The first time I pulled out my machine I couldn’t even figure out how to wind a bobbin and so did it by hand, then couldn’t get the machine to turn on, and then just put everything away. For about 8 months. Sigh. This is changing!

  6. granolastateofmind August 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm #


  7. JenHeath August 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Hey Becca,
    Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement for Jackson’s scoliosis treatment. We traveled to SC this week and will travel there again on Monday. Stay tuned for a blog post … I hope to squeeze one in if I can.

    Lena is so lovely. I love looking at her pictures on here. Your lives fascinate me! What a beautiful and culture rich way to grow up. Hope you’re doing well. Take care!


  8. Autumn August 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    it’s so pretty! and that’s so cute that she liked it so much

  9. e-marketing November 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Do you have any video of that? I’d want to find out more details.

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