The word is Thrifty or Frugal. And that means to use what you have on hand and not waste.
I am having so much fun sewing for you. My hands have gotten very bad with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I think this may be helping limber up my fingers a bit.
My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was a teenager. She worked in a garment factory. Her name was Louise and I called her "Momaw". She was a beautiful seamstress and made clothes you could not tell were handmade. My mother also was a gifted seamstress. She made clothes for me and my brother. And for all my children too. Her name was Gene Margaret and most everyone called her "Mom". I taught both of my girls to sew. Auntie Lori did not take to it. She preferred to put things together with a stapler and a hot glue gun. However Auntie Shari loves to sew and she sews beautifully. She is sewing for her little granddaughter Lanna and we have fun sewing for both of you girls together.
This is the dress I just finished for you. It will fit you when you are about 9 months to a year. I am happy with the way it came out. I hope you will like it too. As you can see there are fabrics in this dress that are pretty costly to buy. Velvet, Chiffon, Tulle for the hem trim and the skirt fabric is a Silk blend. If I had gone to the fabric store to buy all the different fabrics for this dress it would have cost much more than buying one in the shops.
However...........this is the lesson on frugality I want to teach you. I went to the Thrift Store and bought several dresses for Women for just $1.00 each. Then when I got home I washed and dried them. I took them all apart, saving all the pretty laces, buttons, zippers and the big pieces of the dresses. I stacked them up on my shelves in the sewing room and when I have a notion to make you a new dress, I go in and pick out pretty fabrics and WOW what a savings!
Big Poppa is proud of me because he works very hard and anytime I can save some money for him he is happy. So your little dress cost no more than $1.00.
Maybe you can start saving some of your money when you are just a little kid. I think I will buy you a Pink Piggy Bank for your first Birthday and put 100 Pennies in it. That will be $1.00. Then each time you get a dollar you could put .10 cents in your bank! Your momma and daddy will be very proud of you too!
Love you more than a bunch of Roses, "Mammy"