Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sew What?

I have a been given a tough commission - my 14 yo wants me to make her a dress for her moving on dance (an 8th grade graduation of sorts). She's even willing to babysit for me to give me the time to do it.

I thought for sure it would be all over before we even got out of the fabric store. But she was reasonable, patient and even thoughtful. She picked out a pattern I thought would be simple enough and material that seemed easy enough to work with. The best part is everything she chose was on sale.

We're making the black and white dress only hers is maroon with a black contrasting waist and bottom band.

Well, the fabric is nice, but this pattern is not so simple as the pattern marketers would have us believe. I've already had to frog a couple of times. (I haven't heard of that word being used in sewing, but you do use a ripper).

I think it will come out alright, but I'm afraid after all this she'll hate it.


Lisa L said...

Great pattern! Can't wait to see the finished result! I am always very impressed with sewing projects since I don't know the first thing about sewing machines!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a good pattern for MacKenzie. Does she want the long version or the short one? This could be a really good relationship-building project for the two of you. Good luck! Mom

monica said...

It has been awhile since my sewing machine has been put to good use, The last time was for a costume I had to make for my som for a part of history they were studying. I would sew then rip and then sew and rip. My eldest was getting a big kick out of hearing the machine go, me say "oh no" and then silence for a while, that was the ripping part and then the entire scenario would be repeated again. Best of luck to you, i am sure it will turn out well.

Jknits said...

Hi Mom! Congrats on getting through the comment section. The school won't let them have long dresses for this dance because they don't want it to be formal. We were thinking mid calf, we'll have to see once we get it on her.

Janice said...

Looks like a great pattern... I can't wait to see the finished dress! I bet it will look great! I haven't sewn in years! And now I have too many fun knitting projects on my list!