Miss Moll Doll has wanted to learn to sew and what better time to teach her than while she is on hiatus from work for a few weeks. When she was very little I sewed, but during her childhood I had stopped and so she never learned.
She is very crafty, artistic and could be a VERY capable sewer if taught. I hardly know anything about sewing myself, but I certainly can give her the basics. What I learned, I learned in Home Economics. But alas, there was no such class by the time Molly was in high school in the late 80's. Home EC is where I learned the fundamentals of cooking and sewing.
Can most of our young people or even people of my generation take ingredients and prepare a meal from scratch? Can they sew a garment? Thread a needle or sew a simple hem by hand? Doubtful. Instead their time was spent in front of the TV with a Stouffers meal and a joystick in their hand. I guess it made them ready to text ALL THE TIME. Use a cell phone ALL THE TIME...and go to the mall shopping for more clothes they do not need, made in China.
Before you go crazy and tell me this is not your child. I get it. If you are reading this blog, you are most likely a person who would teach a child to boil water and not let them live their life in front of the TV. It is not this new generations fault that they have not been taught simple skills for living. It is our fault. We shunned it. Technology lured us in.
I am joyful when I hear of a young person who sews or knits or cooks. A girl who can wield a hammer, nail and level or a boy who knows his way around a sewing machine. What this generation HAS given us is less of a defined gender line as to what is acceptable for a "boy" or "girl". I love that. Good job on that count.
Off my bandwagon.
So today I will help to teach some sewing. Have you ever taught someone to sew? Who taught you?
We made a trip to JoAnn's the other day and picked out this fabric. We are going to do the front and collar with the brown herringbone and the gray and magenta polka dot for the back. She hopes to have a funky, yet classic look.
Wish us luck. I have not sewn in so long, I feel like a beginner myself. Do you have any hints that I should highlight for her? What is the most important thing to teach with sewing?
Channeling Mrs. Pitt, my Home Ec teacher.