I had an hour to kill this morning while waiting for our handyman (this would be another long story), and it just so happened that Baby J was sound asleep. I had always wanted to make a pillow case dress, and decided that it would be a perfect time to try my hand at making a dress for my sweet little one. Probably the most simple dress known to man, the pillowcase dress takes approximately less than an hour to make.
But the pillowcase dress had never met a girl like me...a girl who is quite stubborn at doing things the easy way.
I looked at these directions, and barely skimmed at what was written. I looked at the pictures and dove headlong into cutting and pressing, only to find out that I had totally misjudged the sizing. Baby J would have looked like a flowered caterpillar had I tried to even fit her in it.
Frustrated, I purchased a pattern to get the proper fabric dimensions I should be working with. Surely that was all I needed, right?
I again dove in, and I cut and sewed, and came out with a dress only large enough to fit my older daughter's baby dolls.
Cursing, I looked at the chart I was working with...and I found that I made a dress sized for a baby doll.
At that point, our awesome handyman had come and gone...he even had time to chat it up with my children (he is a family friend) about these crazy rubber bands...and two hours had passed.
And Baby J was up and crying.
I yelled at my sewing space. "Work with me!" I pleaded. My boys looked up from their books, and after probably seeing me with thread in my hair and fabric all over the floor, decided that Mommy needed to work this problem out on her own. These are good children, I tell you.
But finally, after nursing, and after the third hour, I had a proper fitting dress, cute enough for my patient babe. I know you see those strings on the ties...I had to whip that up super fast because I. wanted. to. be. done. already. I do promise to redo them when I have finally mustered enough nerve to get onto making my older daughter a semi matching dress.
Yes, I won't let this thing conquer me. Because I can sew dangit! Just not clothing. Yet.
The lesson - read and follow directions.