Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dora smock

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).

No.

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.

2 comments:

  1. I love it!

    And what are the odds of getting matching blue fabric right after you don't need it anymore?!

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  2. Oh, and the only reason why it has taken me so long to take pictures is because I don't own a staple gun, but I borrowed one, and now it is all together!

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