This is what happens when you let an almost seven year old pick out the pattern, fabric and trim for her Christmas dress.
It begins to look more like something meant for a stage production of “King Lear” than for a Christmas church service. BUT, she loves it; so I guess its all good.
So Sunday evening I decided that with family coming for Christmas my daughter needed a special dress to wear. The budget being as tight as it is, I thought I would make her a dress…thinking if I went with a simple dress I could get fabric for about $10 (with coupons) and all would be well. Monday morning we headed out to look for fabric….but moaned and moaned over the fact that I would spend the rest of the day sewing the dress and how I didn’t want to. So, we took a detour to Goodwill in search of a used x-mas dress. No go. On the way to the fabric store I got a call from Jaylee, I lamented to her about how I couldn’t find a dress and was going to have to make one. She started laughing and told me that I was the only person that she knew that would determine if it couldn’t be found at Goodwill, that it must be handmade…as if I had no other options. I saw her point and laughed at myself. BUT, I was sure I could get the fabric for less than I could buy a dress at Old Navy (or this $40 one from the Gap). Well, turns out this lovely Shakespearean dress cost about $28 to make a about 5 hours of my time. NEXT YEAR I AM BUYING A DRESS, NEW!
To add insult to injury this pattern (Simplicity 2269) was a PAIN to sew. It looked so simple. I’ve been sewing for 20+years, but this pattern took the cake! The yoke for the neck…the pattern pieces were a total nightmare to pin into place and get the fabric to lay flat (from the upper gathers). The pieces also didn’t quite fit, I ended up cutting off about 2″ from the back neck yoke on either side, just to make it fit. On a positive note, I do like the bubble sleeves and they were easy peasy to make. Has anyone else tried this pattern, I would love to hear your review?