It started in April: I would sew a dress for Christina, who is 4, for Easter. I had pretty blue ribbon, nice soft red/pink fabric, and a pattern. I was set. I could just whip this one up.
The stage is set for the following drama.
1. Start the dress. Go to NYC, and decide that I like different ribbon.
3. Ribbon is perfect with fabric. But, once rolled out, I realize that little red flowers on ribbon aren't continuous - they've used an ombre thread. Doesn't look good. I embroider red over all of the pink flowers.
4. Make collar. Somehow make it 1/4" too small. Make collar again.
5. Sew collar on. Clip small hole in front of dress while trimming collar seam, but hole is behind pleat, so not a crisis. Mend hole.
5. Make first sleeve. Bad sleeve. Make two good sleeves.
6. Just have to sew side seams and hem dress. Catch front of dress in serger, nice large v-shaped hole in front of dress (NOT behind pleat this time). Turn off knife and cutting feature of serger for all future use.
7. Cut off bottom of dress. Because it's a-line, it has a curved hem. Create fake grow tuck by cutting out two... oh, never mind. But it was one entire evening of work to try to add onto the bottom of the dress.
8. Decide that tuck is too bulky, and maybe it would be better to cut it off and sew up a slip to peek out underneath. Spend two nights sewing slip.
9. Decide that tuck really is okay.
10. Last night - finally ready to re-hem. Have to unpick part of tuck. Manage to rip 3" up the back of the dress from grow tuck. Have to cut 3" more from bottom of dress. Dress is now blouse length (see photo below - slip beneath is only about 1" longer than the dress was supposed to be.
9. Say, as if I mean it: The creative process is a good thing. The creative process is a good thing. The creative process is a good thing.
So now I have to decide: do I send this as a blouse? Do I unpick and rescue the sleeves, collar, and ribbon and just sew up a new front and back? All I know is that it's been almost a MONTH of work, I love the bodice, and the dress hasn't been sent to Arizona.
Update: More of the story here.
And to think that I do this to relieve stress...