Mar 13, 2011

i heart gingham

When I went fabric shopping in my mom's garage last weekend, I scored lots of adorable gingham.  Nothing says "SPRING!" like those little checks.  I'm on a market skirt kick, so Cara now has two new outfits for school this week.


That pink gingham was a little on the thin side, so I had to figure out how to line that skirt.  I'm proud enough of it that I even like how the inside looks.


One of my favorite dresses that my mom made for me was out of that red floral fabric.  It was a simple sort of sheath dress, but it made me feel very grown up.  It all seems to come back full circle.  I have my great grandmother's sewing machine, her thread, her fabric, and I'm doing something that my mom did for me and tried to teach me how to do. 

Sentimental much, Jessica? :-)


  1. Hey Jessica-
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You and your daughter are beautiful! I love the clothes you made!! I'm always excited to find another young sewer to chat with!
    I'll definitely stop by again,

  2. For the most part, I am totally content with my lack of sewing skills, but looking at these adorable outfits makes me really really really wish I knew how to sew.
    Call me stupid, which is fine!, but for your shirts with the sewed on shapes, did you use a sewing machine??
    TOO CUTE!!

  3. oh wow! you did such a great job! I wish I could sew like that! They are going to love those!

  4. I found you via FTLOB!!! You have such an amazing talent!!!! I love the second outfit. well and the first ahahaha. Can't make up my mind! They're beautiful!

  5. Okay, #1, I think I remember that dress material! #2, you are making me think I need to learn how to sew. How hard a skill is it for someone with ZERO sewing knowledge to develop? (My mom is skilled and could probably teach me - so I would have a teacher)

  6. @Megan: I use my sewing machine for the t-shirts. I use a really tight zig-zag stitch around the edge of the fabric shapes. I was a little worried about how the shirts would stand up in the washer and dryer, but they wash and wear beautifully.

    @Courtney: Haha! If I pulled out a picture from Spring Break junior year, you would remember! :-) Sewing is a lot of trial and error. When I first started sewing, I knew how to thread my machine and sew straight. Since then, I try things and screw up and fix them. I call my mom a lot to help me troubleshoot. The most important thing is learning to use your sewing machine; you can google or call your mom for anything else. Do it!!

  7. Jessica, you truly are an inspiration! Between you and a couple of other friends, I was inspired to buy a sewing machine and completed my first project this week. I took burp cloths and sewed ribbon on them to jazz them up a little for a baby shower. Starting a new project this week! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  8. @awbeare: yay for first projects! You should post some pictures! I would love to check out your handiwork.

    @Gerri: Thank you! I have done a few custom orders. Email me if you are interested. jessicakcooper(at)gmail(dot)com.

  9. That is such a wonderful talent you have, sadly I did not take advantage of learning from my Mom and now I regret it. She lives several miles away and now I have to teach myself. it's not going well. LOL

    I am your newest follower.

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  10. Those are super cute! I took a sewing class once but failed at it pretty horribly.

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