Hey everyone! I got through both my projects; the bride loved her petticoat, which made her want to swish her skirt, like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride, and I shipped the chair cover to my sister-in-law. Who is already excited about it, even though she hasn't seen it. Maybe she will send me some pictures, and then I can share them with you. It's so nice to have other people excited about what I make!
Last year the local JoAnn's decided to move across town to a better space. Which was awesome for 3 reasons: 1) the place they were in was small, 2) it was the only reason I went over to that part of town, which was pretty run-down and 3) they clearanced out most of their stock, so they wouldn't have to move it.
Let me tell you. Me plus clearance fabric equals heaven.
So I let my daughter pick out some fabric. She wanted Dora. My husband hates Dora. So we got half a yard as a compromise, and told her I would make her a play skirt.
After we got home, she informed me she wanted a shirt to go with it.
We only have half a yard, I told her, there isn't enough. But, aha!, I came up with a plan: what if we got a matching shirt, and put Dora ON it (as an applique).
We were stymied. She wanted a skirt AND a shirt, or maybe a dress. A whole outfit. But we only had half a yard.
Until I came up with making her a play smock (from Simplicity 2461). I used some purple fabric to make up the difference, since the smock
needed a little more that half a yard. The yolk, straps, and butterfly
pockets are from the solid purple. I sort of convinced her (maybe), and then went ahead and did it. And in case you are wondering why I tried so hard to convince a 3 year old (I made it last year), she won't wear things she doesn't like. And I don't want to make things she won't use. And since she wasn't super convinced, she's still wary about it. Stinker.
It makes a great apron. If we bake together, and I remember about aprons, she will wear it. The straps are adjustable, and it isn't snug around the chest, so she will be able to wear it a long time, since kids grow up, not out, for a while, at least. I made size 4, which is the largest size offered, and she now wears size 6x clothes. And it fits fine.
The ironic thing is that a little while after I finished it, someone from my church gave me a bunch of kids fabric, including some blue Dora fabric. Just like the purple, only blue.