The power struggle between a recovering selfish fabric hoarder and tween/teen ideas of self expression are interesting. This is how it usually goes around here.
1) I pick the pattern and fabric-(I’m happy because the full vision for fabric is realized. They are happy for the most part, but sometimes I do make duds to them that never see the light day. I reclaim those duds with the idea that my precious fabric will be refashioned into something that restores it’s value, but in the meantime it is almost like it is back in my fabric stash again)
2) They pick the fabric, I pick the pattern- ( This is an alright middle ground. Sometimes my inner selfish self screams NOOOOOOOO not my precious, but I can usually find a pattern out of the hundreds I have that makes me feel like it is going to good use. They don’t care because they had some say and will wear mostly all items that come out of this compromise regularly.
When I give them full reign of fabric and pattern, sometimes that inner selfish fabric hoarder goes all passive aggressive and agrees to do it, but some way some how don’t end up doing what they asked for.
God ain’t done with me yet
Boogie’s graduation dress fell into that final category. The pattern she picked has a very deep V back, large bow, and two full circle skirts. Very cute pattern that I obviously liked because I only let her pick from patterns I already own. No problem there right. She picked fabric that her sister already put a request for. I had promised Madie a pair of shorts for her out of it, but figured I could wing it with the bodice made out of plain baptiste and one of the circle skirts out of this much coveted fabric. Sounds like plan.
I cut out the square and set it up with the required double folded edges for the seamless circle skirt. There it set just like that for over three weeks. I made the shorts, I’ve made several tops, and couple of dresses. Despite the day getting closer and closer I’m still doing a bunch of other projects.
When I finally decide to get started I had no desire to cut out all the pages for the circle skirt and tape them together. I could have just did the math for the skirt and cut it out with out the pattern, but I sighed at the thought of the bodice not lining up with the self drafted skirt. After working with the fabric previously I learned that it is a stiff, hard, pain in the butt to gather , so I really wasn’t feeling the probability of having to make it work. I started to think maybe the deep V was not appropriate and I dreaded trying to get that fitted properly on her small frame. I imagined crazy things like the straps not staying up….total mental sabotage of this cute pattern.
So I sat out to find a new dress pattern that I felt like sewing and had no risk of a wardrobe malfunction :). I felt terrible, but it was either that or going to a store and buying her a dress because I just wasn’t feeling it.
Enter the Mouse House Creations Caroline Party Dress. Only two bodice pattern pieces to print out and tape together. Music to my ears! I’ve had the pattern for a while but never made it up.
I changed it up a little bit by adding some lace and trim to bodice. Here’s a tip: Don’t iron directly on lace on the highest setting. It will melt. I should know that. Like I said the fabric is a PIA so I was just trying to get those pleats to behave in the skirt and got a little iron-happy. Luckily the busyness of the print hides it.
Another crazy thing that happened during the construction is I poked my finger hard enough with a pin to draw blood and got some on the dress! I felt like this dress was doomed and I should have just did what she wanted. Again I was lucky because the spot was small and I was able to get it out with hydrogen peroxide.
I managed to finish the dress in time with no more incidents, made a couple of bows for her to choose from, and made her a petticoat to go underneath. All this was my way of sweetening the deal since I knew she would be a little disappointed that it wasn’t the dress she picked. Even I had started to second guess all the choices. When the total look was put together, she was happy and I was relieved. The retro feel of the dress actually fit right in with a little performance they did of dances and music of the generations.
Two babies in middle school now.
Where is the time going!!