Monday, June 29, 2009

Homemaker Monday: Ode to a Seam Ripper

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YOURS: This weeks "YOURS" goes to Katie at Kitchen Stewardship! She posted a beautiful article about balancing our lives as far as cooking, cleaning house and spending time with family. One of the quotes that struck me the most was...

"If I serve a meal with a crabby demeanor, it doesn’t matter what’s on the plate or how power-packed the nutrients are. The family feels poorly when they leave the table because of Mommy’s attitude."

How true is this? How many times have we served meals to our families with a not-so-becoming demeanor because of the difficulties it took to make the meal in the first place, only to ruin what we've worked so hard for?

Katie also writes about the inportance of working together with our family, posting some lovely photos of her family working together, in this particular case, picking strawberries with extended family...


Take the time to read this post. It's well worth it. Click HERE for the link. Thank you so much, Katie! I love your blog and I learn so much from you every time I visit!

MINE: This is a seam ripper...


...and so is this...


This is the 14-year-old girl, and after taking a home ec class this semester, she has developed a liking to the sewing machine. This warms my heart, as I have had a love of sewing since I was a dirt-poor military wife nearly twenty years ago. Unfortunately, however, I have had to put the sewing machine aside for the past four years due to moves, remarriages (or, I should say a remarriage), babies and more moves.

The 14-year-old girl started out her sewing career by constructing a duffle bag, then, while we've been in the states visiting my mother, I encouraged her to try to do a skirt, as we finally had access to fabric stores.

The thing that struck me the most about the 14-year-old girl as she taught herself what to do was her immense patience. She made mistakes to spare on her first skirt (shown above), but she wasn't afraid to use the seam ripper and start all over. Also, to her immense chagrin, when she had to walk away from the machine for more than three seconds, her little brother would deftly jump in front of the chair and push the pedal as hard as he could, causing the machine to stitch, willy-nilly, on the fabric she had left under the needle. Again, she would patiently rip out the new, unwanted stitches and get back to work.

To me, this signified the development of good character. I certainly do not credit myself for this, as then I would have to accept the blame for my children's failures, but this is refreshing to see. How many times in life do we make a mistake, but are not willing to take the proper steps of repentance (i.e. a seam ripper) to make things right. Do we tend to want to try and hide our crooked or puckered "seams", hoping nobody will notice them, or do we really try to rid them from our lives, taking the time to examine them, rip out the offending behaviors, and truly repent of our faults and try to change, letting our unpolluted beauty shine through?


As I watched my daughter rip out the mistakes (or her brother's mistakes) over and over again, I developed a real appreciation for the young woman she is becoming. I want to be more like her, with her patience and enthusiasm, and I want to sew skirts, too!


Here is what she made...

First of all, we purchased this pattern...


We liked it because of it's versatility and summery designs. Here is the first skirt she made, the one with the most ripped seams...




I loved it because of the three contrasting fabric patterns all in the same color scheme. We especially loved the antiqued eyelet lace that finished it off...


Next, she made the following...


What's totally awesome about this skirt is the button fringe trim. We purchased this at Hobby Lobby (it wasn't cheap either) and we agree that it is just precious as it jingles and sways as she moves...


Here, look at it...


Isn't it too cute?

Next, she sewed the following to give to a friend...




This is probably my favorite (and I wish she had made one in MY size). I love the pink pleated ribbon that finishes it off. To me, it looks so dressy...


Last, she put together the following, also for a friend...


I love, LOVE, LOVVVVE. the colors of this fabric. It couldn't be prettier with the white pleated trim...


So there you have it, how the 14-year-old girl is developing her character. Now....to figure out how to inspire the 17- and 12-year-old boys to get busy and stop playing so many video games! Any tips? Thanks for listening and have a great one!

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22 comments:

Kristen said...

What cute skirts! At that age, I usually gave up when I had to rip out more than 6 inches of bad stitches...good for her!

Emily said...

Wow those are amazing. I'm impressed. Great analogy too.

The Blossoming Skillet said...

Her skirts are adorable! What lucky friends!

Jeni's thoughts said...

I love them! good job Kyla!

Homemaker Barbi said...

I love the skirts- what a wonderful job! I love my seam ripper, and still have to use it quite a bit. It's nice to hear about her patience with the mistakes, and am the most impressed about her spending the time to make skirts for friends too. What a girl!
Danelle Ice / Homemaker Barbi

Christine said...

I love the skirts! I have a skirt pattern that I have made in four different fabrics. When you find a good one....

newlyweds said...

Oh wow those skirts are so cute!!! I want one. I seriously lack any sewing talents or want how's, so I am always jealous of those gifted few. Great job.

Bethany Cox said...

kyla needs to start a business and sell her stuff down in mehico....
ya...you know what 'stuff' i'm talking about.
just kidding.

alessandra said...

Just amazing, I never had the patience to sew, except something very simple.
Your girl is so extraordinary, and the skirts too, so cute!

Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship said...

Thanks for the honor of being featured! Did you notice you linked to Kitchen Stewardship but called it Homemaker Barbi? We moms are crazy multitaskers, aren't we? ;)

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I LOVE these!!!! That button trim in genius.

Steph

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Oh my gosh, Katie! I have to be the biggest idiot in the world! That was a huge mistake! It's corrected now, so thanks for the pointer. I was in a real hurry to get this post up and in the process of looking at everyone's post from last week, I guess I got really mixed up! I hope you forgive me. At least the link was right! Thanks again for linking up every week. I really do love your blog (as well as Homemaker Barbi's!) and I'll look forward to seeing you next week!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

The skirts are so lovely! I'm seeing a lot of potential here for a future etsy shop or other enterprise!

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Cute Skirts.

Melinda said...

I love love love them. HOW CUTE! NIce tast in material. Good Job K!!

Joy For Your Journey said...

I haven't been able to sleep tonight (sick) and so started blog hopping. After reading several blogs I am assuming you (or your husband) is a Whetten and you live in the colonies. My husband is from there--Juarez, but grew up in Mexico City. One of my best friends in college was Mary Whetten and I believe she is living down there, but I don't remember her married name. I went to the colonies once with her and absolutely loved it and her parents. Also, when I lived in Mexico City after just getting married her uncle was my bishop.

So, I am wondering if this is the same family you are related to? If you get this and could respond to my email address, I would be so very grateful. Thanks. Lori Wagner

Amanda B. said...

Wow!!! Where can I order some of those skirts?!?!

Kelli said...

I am duly impressed and will show Recruit three this post. Maybe I'll get a skirt out of it!!! You Rock cute teenage girl!

Jennifer said...

I am so jealous...she can make such GREAT looking skirts at such a young age. I'm 32 and still don't have great sewing skills. Well, at least I'll have my handy dandy seam ripper to help resolve my mistakes.

Amie said...

Wow, good for her, this is fabulous!

Lara said...

Those skirts are adorable! I totally wnat to buy that patten...thanks!

Chuck and Nancy said...

The skirts are great. I think you have inspired me to teach my girls. This pattern is a great starter pattern.