"Mommy, I love this fabric!! Will you please, please make me a dress?"
"Honey, I am not a dress maker."
"But, Mommy!! No one else would have a dress like this and it is beautiful!! I could wear it for graduation."
"It needs to be lined. I have to pick the pattern. Remember, I am not a garment maker."
She runs to yet another fabric and wraps it around herself.....
"But I love this fabric, too, and I need a dress for the dance..."
"That fabric is a little easier...Okay, I can try."
|Our girls before the graduation dance--this dress was the dry run for the more complicated dress.
That is how the request to make one dress turned into two dresses....on a short time line.....with a class project of a quilt thrown in for good measure.
|The layout took up the whole kitchen table....and quite a while to cut out!
So, the bodice came together with a minimal amount of ripping, in spite of the pleats and darts. The pattern did not include directions for lining the skirt and the fabric was quite sheer, so I came up with my own way to make a lining. My method worked with the pockets, so I will count it as a success.
|Eighth Grade Graduation Night!
I am grateful to my sweet daughter for challenging me to try something outside my comfort zone, but would prefer she picks projects without extremely short timelines! Have to say making this dress made our Little Princess feel very loved and allowed me to feel a certain amount of confidence that I haven't felt in a while.