So here we are with a 6 and an 8 year old making shorts they can wear under skirts/dresses so they are feeling more covered and comfortable. We started off by drafting a pattern, that was Nonna's job while the girls watched then they had to trace the pattern pieces for the front and back labeling them properly and mark a notch as well. The shorts have no side seams making them very simple to make!
Once the pattern pieces were traced they pinned the pattern to the fabric, stretchy fabric at that! Anyone who is afraid of stretch take heart, if a 6 and 8 year old can do it, you can do it too! They then got to add seam allowances to the pattern pieces using a measuring tape and chalk, mission accomplished with a bit of help from the teacher :)
After that came the cutting, check out the scissors they got to use! No fear! Cutting was a bit choppy but no matter was going to be trimmed anyway....
Their favourite part of the whole process was the machine stitching starting with some plain paper to understand how to use the sewing machine they sewed some straight lines and some zig-zag, stitches they would be using to sew. The only thing I did was add the elastic at the waistband figuring it would be too hard for their first attempt at a project, did not want to discourage them with work beyond their means. As you can see they did a great job, the pants fit very well, they were consulted along the way and had their preferences taken into account giving them creative freedom and some critical thinking too!
ALL THIS AND NO PINS!!!
They both agreed that they want to do a next project, a pencil case and wallet! Makes me very happy!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"