Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Challenge Update

So. . . I called this a challenge.  That was a bit of a misnomer.  This has been anything but challenging.  I didn't think when I picked out the patterns and everything that it would be, but several people were so impressed that I was gong to knock out a couple sundresses this week that I thought, "Hmm. . . maybe this was a classic case of me biting off more than I could chew."  I have been known to say, "Oh, no problem." when in fact it is a highly ridiculous and ambitious undertaking.  Even a few sewers said to me, "Oh, you're starting a little late on those."

It turns out that this has not been the least challenging.  I'm using simple patterns and easy to sew fabrics.  And I think that perhaps, I'm actually getting pretty darned good at this if I do say so myself.  Which, it seems, I do.

I finished Lexi's dress Tuesday night without a hitch.  Not one hitch.  Weird, right?  Usually there is a hitch.  But this was the second dress of this particular stint that went off beautifully.

She didn't want a fancy dress for Easter and I wanted something she'd wear again anyway.  This is a nice, comfy jersey knit that she can wear all summer and can even wear to school in the fall since her new school doesn't require uniforms. It matches the darker blue in Gloria's dress quite nicely without being "matchy matchy."

I spent the afternoon yesterday working on my dress.  All I have left on it today is the hem, tacking down the lining on the bodice and adding a hook and eye.  The strange part?  Not a hitch.  I tried it on and it's a perfect fit.  Not a single alteration.  That never happens.  Even the zipper was a breeze.  And my hubby's reaction to the dress when he saw me try it on?  "Keep that pattern.  Use it again."  He then used words like, "Audrey Hepburn" and "the perfect 1950's shape."  He's a good man, that one.  I have a feeling I'll be wearing this dress frequently.  And making more from the same pattern.  Per Hubby's request, of course.  Yes, there will be pictures.

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