Cutting My Shirt Into Pieces and Reading As A Couple

On Saturday, decided I wanted to sew Sadie a dress. Never mind the fact that the last time I had instruction in sewing was in my seventh grade home economics class, where the class assignment was to make a drawstring bag. I think my grade on that project was just average.

So, off I went to Walmart to look at fabric, but I chickened out and got totally overwhelmed. I left the store with cat litter. At least I felt confident buying that 😉

Cat litter

On Sunday, I decided I was just going to go for it and make Sadie a dress out of one of my t-shirts that was too small.

It always bothers me that I don’t know much about sewing. I’ve made my own candles, cheese, laundry detergent, sourdough bread, and more. I feel like sewing is a skill I need to improve upon and learn more about. I got to work and had a lot of fun and made a lot of mistakes and still don’t know what I’m doing, but Sadie ended up with a new dress!

Hand sewn dress made from t shirt for toddler

I couldn’t help but add buttons because

  • I have so many from all the button canvas art I’ve made
  • They’re great at covering up bad sewing skills
  • They’re just plain cute

Toddler in homemade dress

Toddler dress made from t-shirt

Time will tell how Sadie’s new dress holds up in the wash, but I think I have a new addiction. I may or may not have started making her another dress 😉

Along with sewing, I’ve been doing lots of reading! Jimmy and I currently reading two books together and it’s nice to be able to discuss what we’re reading and encourage each other.

Books sitting on a ledge including The Purpose Driven Life, A couple's Devotional, and A Midwife in Amish Country

I’m sure you can guess which book I’m reading on my own, LOL! Also, the below links are affiliate links.

My current book stack includes:

Do you know how to sew?

What are you currently reading?



  1. I’ve been wanting to pick up a devotional for Nate and I to do together, especially since life has thrown a lot at us over the past year. The fact that we are still so in love and strong together is a testament to how marriages can thrive and survive through anything if God comes first. (Because on our own, we would have failed). And I thought that a devotional might be nice to do together just to encourage us and to grow even closer. So all that to say, thank you for sharing that link. I just ordered the book… Ha, ha!
    I am always so impressed by my friends who can sew! I think it’s such an amazing skill to have! When the pandemic first hit (and hit HARD here in Massachusetts), all I could think about was provision for my family. And if the stores had closed and we didn’t have access to clothing, my kids would have been wrapped in bedsheets; because I have No sewing skills. Ha, ha. And just the provision aside, I think there must be something so satisfying about creating clothes for your child! 🙂 One of my friends actually just created her very own boutique, and she sells her beautiful dresses online.
    Knowing how talented you are, you’re going to take off with sewing in no time. I’m SO impressed by your first dress attempt! It’s adorable!!! And Sadie’s smile… So adorable!! 🙂

    1. Yay! I am so glad you ordered the devotional for you and Nate! I hope you guys like it! It’s pretty quick to go through the weekly chapter, which is nice! Lots of good conversation points!

      I have to get a link to your friend’s boutique!!!

      1. YES! Right now, I ‘think’ she’s just on instagram and Facebook. Although she has been so busy sewing masks, I’m not sure if she’s restocking dresses. But I’ll get the Facebook and instagram links to you at least. Her boutique name is “Little by Little”. She does SUCH lovely work!! 🙂

  2. My mom tried to teach me to sew but pre-teen/teenage Amy was too cool for that and now adult Amy is full of regret. You’ll take to it so quickly, I’m certain. Good for you!

    Also, Sadie is getting so big and is looking so cute in that dress.

    1. Aw man! I know that feeling of wishing you had paid attention and tried stuff. My great grandpa used to garden and I was a teenager when he passed away and oh how I wish I had asked him questions and learned more!

  3. That dress is so adorable (and so is the model!) I only know how to sew buttons on, and mend small rips they happen in a seam- unfortunately that is all. 😐 I am reading ‘It’s not about perfect’ by Shannon Miller (Olympic Gold medal gymnast)
    Good luck on your next project!!
    Love you,

  4. You’ll have to let me know how you like your book! I’m also interested in books around midwifery! Love reading your blog! 🙂

    1. I’m really enjoying it, Rachel! It doesn’t have as much about Amish life in it as the title would portray, but it has a ton about midwifery!! Do you live in the U.S.? I can mail it to you after I finish it if you want!

  5. I love how you want to grow your sewing skills! You’re so right about how it’s such a helpful and handy skill to have. I am capable of sewing buttons back on and even making really simple projects, but I have so little practice with it that it all feels SO hard. So instead of working at the skill (like you do) I have my go-to friends I always ask, haha! So I’m really impressed by your decision to learn this as an adult! Good for you!

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