I've been sneaking in a lot of little sewing in the past few weeks. Some simple skirts for Adelaide, and simple pants for both Harper and Annabel. Simple being the operative word in all them. I love this kind of sewing - so utilitarian, not fussy, incredibly useful and very satisfying. Adelaide was reading The Creative Family last week (I know, a funny thing!), and came across the instructions for a pair of baby pants (for her) made from the fabric of an adult's tee shirt. "Mom, look! These look just like the ones you made for Ani yesterday!"
Yes, yes. I have been making simple pants for a very long time, and really, I think they were my introduction to kids sewing. I love a fancy dress every now and then (wait till you see what Ani and I made this week on ski day!), and I think it's rather remarkable what's happened to the children's sewing pattern world in the past ten years - so many options and so much beauty! All of that is lovely, but I really think this kind of simple kids sewing is my favorite, and the one I am happy to keep returning to so long as my children's closets still require it. Quite frankly, it is the kind of sewing that fits just right into my life and my days. Pulling a piece of fabric off my shelves, pulling out an old and familiar two-piece pattern drafted long ago, stitching it all together in the moments between laundry or as I'm waiting for the chicken to roast or whatever the case may be, and having something fresh and totally functional at the end. Something that isn't too precious to wear in a pile of dirt or a chicken coop, or painting in the library. Something I won't be sad - but rather excited - to see coming out of the laundry with stains and tears and signs of wear. While my older two boys are past the point of Mama made pants (it's okay...I have memories of their whole childhood running around in them!), I'm happily stitching away for the three littles who still will let me.