For Sundress No. 5, I decided to also make one for Miss 8's best friend's birthday. I thought they would enjoy having a matching outfit. They are even wearing matching shoes. They have been friends since they were born, literally. Miss 8's friend is three months older. Their oldest sisters, who are both in college now, have been friends since they were crawling babies, too. And Mr. 6 has been friends with her brother since he was a baby. My youngest is 17 months, and they don't have anyone for him. These friendships have been very special as you can well imagine.
The girls have been having a fun summer together. Each week on Wednesdays they switch off going to each other's home to spend all day, sleep over, and then most of the next day; and sometimes they manage to get to sleep over another night. So they have been seeing a lot of each other lately. I know when school starts they will be so busy studying. We'll have to see if we can arrange some play dates during the school year, probably on the weekends. They both homeschool, but there is still lots to do and learn.
We have been sharing the love of sewing with Miss 8's friend. Last year for her birthday, we gave her a little sewing box with notions and some pretty fabric and taught her how to sew a pillow. This year for her birthday we gave her this dress as well as an interesting jar from India full of pretty buttons. She has come over and done some sewing with my children. You can see pictures of them sewing together and the projects that they have made if you go to Miss 8's sewing blog.
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