What is the most rational use of a weekend when you have custom orders stacking up and about a zillion other things to do? Try to make three dresses and two nightgowns in one day, of course.
Carly was a great little helper!
I really hate having more than one project going at a time. Usually this is a good thing because it means I don't really need to hoard fabric and yarn. Mostly. Maybe a little. But when there are so many projects that are all the same priority (STATUS RIGHT NOW) it gets frustrating. So I guess I'm a project hoarder.
Carly really needs dresses for cool weather. It's so hard to find anything at the stores that aren't made of tulle and covered in sequins, glitter, or saucy phrases emblazoned across the butt. And really, does a four-year-old need sexy ruching on her hips and neckline? Still, anything remotely practical is going to be short-sleeved, like holiday party dresses. Why do all little girls winter dresses have short sleeves?? This has never made sense to me. So we're usually stuck with corduroy jumpers over turtlenecks, which is ok I guess, but we're having a hard time finding even those this year.
I happened to have a pattern from a garage sale that would do, so I got a few yards of corduroy and spent the first three hours of Saturday morning cutting all my pieces. The pattern was simple, the style was perfect, and the selection of corduroy at Joann's was [miraculously] satisfactory.
Unfortunately, the smallest size of my pattern was a six, which would be alright on my amazon child in retail clothes, but in the sewing pattern world basically means a plus size. Still, I thought if I made extra-deep seam allowances I would be ok.
Look at her go. She's such a little model.
Of course Carly loves it because it drags the ground. Oh well, I guess we'll have a dress ready to go when she hits age 12, right?
There's another one of these patterns on etsy, so I'll probably grab that if my Joanns doesn't have any. It's out of print, so probably not. :/
At least the nightgowns turned out ok, even if they are a little big. Hopefully they'll last a few years!
I let her pick out the fabric. The other nightgown has princess castles all over it.
These were really fun and easy to make, I'd like to do some more!
Ohhh wait we need matching nightgowns! Eeek!
Now here comes the sad part of the day. I swear I worked as quickly as I could, stopping only for a few minutes to grab a bite to eat, but I still had time for only one more dress.
Yeah, that brownie is almost TWO INCHES tall.
Anyway this last dress really has me boiling. It looks sooo simple, but I'm stuck.
So here's the deal. There's this yoke piece. (You can see it best on the drawn example in the middle.) And it somehow goes on the front of the dress after you make the pleats. I say somehow because it's truly a mystery as to how it's supposed to get there.
Here's what I mean:
Now here it clearly states that any helpful drawings will be shaded for right sides and blank for wrong sides, does it not?
It does. Ok good I'm not going crazy.
Now here are the written instructions: (The dress fetus met its demise at step number four.)
So basically from what we read here, we're going to sew the yoke against the front so that the wrong side of the yoke will be showing when we look at the front of the dress, are we not? Because it says right there in capital letters, "RIGHT sides together."
But here's the illustration:
Both of those pieces are blank, as in NOT patterned, as in RIGHT sides. How can that be? I swear I sat there and stared at this for like an hour. Then I checked all my pattern pieces and all my markings and even the entire rest of the pattern instructions. I just don't get it.
OH my gosh. You guys I am SO stupid!
As soon as I hit the publish button on this post and re-read what I wrote, the answer hit me!
I'm supposed to pinch up the seams on the front to meet the edges of the yoke
I feel SO DUMB right now!
Although in my defense, it was really hard to see in the tiny illustration and then as I examined my photo I could see what I missed. But still, I'm a moron. And probably shouldn't be trusted with needles and scissors.