Good morning, friends! Did you have a lovely weekend? I spent the better part of mine cleaning and organizing and have come to the conclusion that I have a serious problem bordering on clinical with fabric and craft supplies. They’re like bunnies, multiplying when I’m not even looking! I also made some unfortunate-looking but delicious homemade chocolate-covered marshmallows, but that’s a story for another time.
Part flapper, part I-wish-Spring-were-here-hopefulness, part Valentine’s Dress and 100% pink (ombre in parts, but still very, very pink), this smashing dress was a doozy.
It’s a very unique and striking fabric, of which I only had one yard, so I had to shorten the dress by two inches. And then realized that I had cut out the wrong front skirt piece and lost a few more inches (I guess it makes a really long dress, because I think the length is fine even with lost inches).
I discovered that miniature tassels on voile make it very hard to undo seams. Because the voile is so sheer, I had to add a lining but I couldn’t, for the life of me, do it correctly and the fabric kept tearing every time I attacked it with a seam ripper (sob). Thank goodness for Rae’s awesome video tutorial that I finally found after three failed attempts.
Because of above errors, what should have been a quick and easy pattern from this book took me a jillion hours and required several extra cups of coffee.
On the upside, I learned how to make french seams, and can now add a full lining to anything with my eyes practically closed. In this particular case, I used plain white muslin.
I almost gave up and resigned myself to creating an awkward midi-length skirt, but I was somehow able to salvage the dress in the end. Look at that beautiful drape – love love love.
(all this posing is exhausting and prompted a lie-down). Now, I know that so much pink is not everyone’s cup of tea, and in fact, K has not been a fan of the color since she decided Disney princesses are uncool last year. But for some reason, I am having a torrid love affair with this hue and can’t get enough. I do suppose it would look rather fetching in blue too, and K would probably be much more excited if it were (the power of Photoshop!):
I leave you with a gem from one of our conversations this weekend:
K: Mommy, you’re the best mommy in the world!
K: Yeah, I’ve trained you so well!
That you have, my little munchkin, that you have…