Jakob asked me a little while ago what the usefulness of sewing was. I had had someone over to teach them how to sew and so he asked me why they would want to learn. I said because it's a good thing to know how to do, to which he said that you can buy everything you need already. I went on to describe the creativity that goes in to creating something by sewing and mentioned that it can also be a frugal skill. He just kind of shrugged his shoulders and changed the discussion.
If he asked me tonight, my answer would be, "Pants." Sophia doesn't have any pants that she can wear to school (they have to be navy or khaki) and for PE days she prefers shorts/pants over skirts and dresses. Tomorrow is a PE day and a little too chilly for shorts. After not quite 2 hours of sewing, she now has pants. Nothing stylish (although the corduroy is really quite soft and cuddly), but I didn't run out to buy them and they are probably better than what I would have found at the store anyway. If I had thought about it, I might have added some "personality" by putting in hidden pockets made from a fun fabric of her choosing, but I didn't think that far ahead.