What Did We Do On Anna’s Birthday?

We girls had a sewing day! We went “shopping” in our own sewing cupboard, picking from a nice collection of fabric we had that needed to be used. Mary chose a beautiful brown corduroy, I picked a light brown with flowers, and Anna selected a beige floral. After we each decided on a pattern, we set out the cutting mats and began to work.

We took a break for the tea party and lunch, but after that, we were once again busy in the dining room. Just like when we sewed with Liz earlier this year, we set up several sewing machines on the dining room table. What a special time we had amidst the sounds of the sewing machines whirring, Christmas music playing, and our own voices chattering with each other. By mid-afternoon, Mary had completed her skirt, Anna’s was done except for the hem, and mine was making good progress. However, we needed to stop sewing in order to prepare for the birthday party, so we packed up our sewing materials and moved on to cooking.

For those who would like pattern #s:
Mary’s: Butterick B5421
Anna’s: Butterick B4136
Sarah’s: Simplicity: 4188


“She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands.”
Proverbs 31:13 

17 thoughts on “What Did We Do On Anna’s Birthday?”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern numbers. I love to sew, and I’ll have to look into these!

  2. Sounds like a fun and productive day! 🙂 You Maxwell girls are so precious. ~ And again….Happy Birthday Anna! 🙂
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  3. I had to smile at you girls sitting on the floor to cut out your sewing projects – because that is what I usually do too! It is a very useful surface for cutting out, though the kitchen table is good too (when available!).

  4. Oh wow! i can’t wait to see your end products. I recently borrowed a sewing machine off my aunt as i was inspired by the talent you girls have. I may know nothing about it, but as long as i finish with all ten fingers i’m doing well. What a wonderful way to spend Annas Birthday, you are truely blessed young girls to have sisters and be friends.
    Kerri-ann (australia)

  5. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon!! Could you do a post showing pictures of the finished skirts?

    Oh, and a late Happy Birthday to Miss Anna 🙂


  6. Sounds like so much fun! I sure would like to spend a day with you wonderful ladies! The pictures were fun to look at. Please remember New Jersey in your prayers. We have been hit very hard by hurricane Sandy. Praising the Lord for His protection, we only lost power for three days. Thank you all for your encouragement and for having such a God honoring blog!
    We have been praying for you all.

  7. Happy late birthday Anna! 🙂 What brand is the sewing machine that Mary is using? God Bless


  8. What a wonderful day to spend a birthday–I would love to have sewing companions to sew for a day with!

    Y’all are much younger than I am–it made my knees ache to see you working on the floor–but it really is a good place to lay out fabric and I still do it:).

    Thanks for sharing–enjoy wearing your skirts!

  9. Yes, please model the skirts for us! What a unique way to spend a birthday with your sisters – sounds very delightful.

  10. When you make your matching skirts, do you use the same pattern? If so, may I ask which pattern it is? Thank you.

    Love Sondra J.
    They don’t always use the same pattern. The two they use the most: Butterick B5421 and Butterick B4136.
    God bless

  11. Thank you, I am familiar with all the patterns you use. My daughter is so tiny that I think I will have to make a pattern for her. I have yet to find a long skirt for young girls. I just read that you will be on the West Coast this Spring. I hope we will be able to come and see you!

    Happy New Year, Sondra J.

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