Friday, December 19, 2008
Hey, thanks everybody for all those birthday wishes! They really made my day. You guys are so nice! It was a stupendous day, starting off with breakfast made for me by Wonder Husband, and hugs, kisses and a card from my wee lasses, and ending with my present from Michael: tickets in January to the new Cirque Du Soleil 'Kooza' and a fancy schmancy dinner out, babysitting already arranged. Yessssss.
On to the actual Post Subject: I surprised myself by finishing the girls' christmas dresses! Yay me! True to form, I was stitching the bindings and buttons on the littlest one's mere moments before they were wearing them out to a holiday luncheon. I am so stinkin pleased with them! I stand in awe of the talented design mavens at Suger City Journal for coming up with this Village Frock. I just adore it.
I had earlier visions of making them from some black and white toile I've had in my sewing room for a few years, but I changed my mind after trolling around flickr and looking at the village frocks on display. Why hide that pretty gathered yoke and sleeves with a loud patterned fabric? The plainer the fabric, the better the dress looked. So I chose some lightweight denim I had bought, and I couldn't be happier. It doesn't scream 'Christmas' but that means they can wear it the rest of the winter.
Construction went really well, and the pattern is well-written and clear, and seems to be sized right on for my girls. I did add some additional length, and omitted one button on the size 4 dress. My only complaint is against myself, Time Management Cripple. I didn't allow myself enough lead time and that made for late nights and frazzled nerves.
So worth it, though. (Note, in order to have simultaneous smiles in the above picture, I had to resort to making rude bathroom noises. Apparently, dignity has no place in parenting)
I didn't really follow their instructions for the bindings, I have a no-crease, no-pain policy for those. I don't fold and iron my bias tape, and I don't usually pin it to sew. I just slap it on right sides together, sew the 1/4 inch seam, then flip it over, tuck under the raw edge, and sew again from the top side in the ditch. It is really easy and has cut down on the tantrums and bulging forehead veins in my craft studio.
I've just had a vision of the forlorn black and white toile as an A-line skirt for myself! And very unrealistic expectations of having it ready for this Sunday. Adding idea to pile...as I'm sure you can totally believe, I still have a bunch of ever-lovin' christmas gifts to make! Who needs sleep?