An idea that stemmed from making clothes in university has given some of the students at Windermere Elementary the chance to learn how to sew their own clothes.
Megan Stokes teaches grade 2/3 at the school. “The sewing club came from a skirt that I made for myself in university,” she said.
After wearing it to school one day the girls in her class thought it was a cool piece of clothing and the sewing club was born.
After bringing in their own jeans the members of club then spent three weeks taking them apart and reassembling them into the skirts they now all own.
Midori Elford and Meghara Walsh are two of the students who took part in the club. and said they had a great time putting together their skirts.
Neither student had ever tried to sew before but now they are both interested in learning more about sewing.
“We were trying to make our skirts as best as we could, it took a long time but it was fun spending time with our friends,” Walsh said.
“When we started we had these little pointy things and had to pull the threads out of the jeans. That was hard,” Elford said.
Both girls admitted the whole process of destroying their clothes was one of the more enjoyable parts of the club.
“I was surprised that they did not complain about taking the stitches out. They thought it was awesome especially when they were ripping the jeans apart,” Stokes said.
This is just one of the side projects the teachers at the school try to run for the students and is invaluable according to Stokes.
“I did it because I like to sew and I sewed with my mom when I was younger. It was neat because we could have one on one time with them when they were sewing their skirts. I think for some of them just having that time with me not so much as their teacher was important for them.”