Saturday, June 28, 2008


When yesterday's creative juices were flowing, I decided I needed to strike while the iron was hot!

So that lovely piece of fabric on the top of the pile in yesterday's picture? It was going to be a purse...or a blanket...or a lavender eye pillow....but I grabbed my scissors and started cutting it apart. Into pieces for a dress. For my girl. Who was asleep on the couch. Without a pattern. Or any prior successful dress making skills. (I've probably mentioned before my disdain for patterns. They're so constricting. And bossy. I don't like to be bossed. A reflection on my glowing personality? I'm quite certain it speaks volumes.)

And what I've discovered, is that I have really no idea what I'm doing. The "dress" is okay. It's the kind of thing that looks like "your mom made it." (If MY mom made it, it would be lovely. SHE can sew. She knows what she's doing. And she uses patterns.) But for my little one, it looks like I made it. Which I did...but I don't want it to look that way. I want it to look like someone ELSE made it. For a store. You know what I'm saying?

I also realized that it is probably helpful to at least have the person's general size in mind while cutting things out. Guesstimating doesn't exactly cut it. Unless you want it to look like it belongs to a sister who is 5 years older.

I'm having some thoughts on what I want to try to do to fix it. I'm planning a really wide waist band that will help conceal the awkwardly placed waist, with a fuller apron attached to help fill out the skirt...which in my mind's eye was going to be billowy-er.
But now for your viewing pleasure, the first draft: (it wouldn't hurt my feelings if it made you giggle)
(I purposely scrunched it together for this it didn't look so wide and marmy.)


Sally said...

If it looks good one the door~ it's gotta look good on the girl!!!!!!!!!I think it is adoreable!!The Roseau Fair is coming up soon- you could do a one woman show - no wait ART IN THE PARK-One Woman Show! And by the way you get the pattern hang-up from me- anger management I am sure is part of the restrictive behavior it causes!! Just kidding!! 2 more months of summer and you could have Molly's back to school wardrobe ready!! Love your fan- Aunti Cook

nonna said...

All sewing projects go through this 'stage' any work of art, you just keep stitching, tucking, darting, gathering until you get the desired outcome. I can't wait to see it, I know it will be lovely. 1437

betty r said...

To me it looks lovely!

Anonymous said...

First of all, you set out to make a dress and that looks like a dress to me! If I tried to make a dress it would probably look like a pillow. Oh well....that's why they invented Target.