I finally finished something!
But before I talk about that . . .
It feels so wrong to blog or really do much of anything when I think about the awful shootings in Newtown. I have a few coworkers who work in that town, and I realize now that I emailed one of them on Friday to ask a mundane question before I realized anything had happened. I hope he ignored it.
I was walking out the door on Saturday morning to do some Christmas shopping, of all things, when the news coverage flashed a photo of what looked like a mom or a relative hearing the news. It brought me to tears and made Christmas presents seem so irrelevant. Can you even imagine getting a call like that? I don't want to.
I'm quite sure there's no appropriate seque from that to Christmas dresses, so let me just jump right in . . .
I figured I needed to ease my way back into creativity, since my attempt to make reversible overalls without following the instructions was predictably unsuccessful. What better way to do that than with an Oliver & S pattern with everything spelled out so nicely.
I had planned to make this anyway and had even picked up the Aneela Hooey Cherry Christmas fabric at Alewive's over the summer. I like how the gray is a little less of a traditional Christmas color, but it still makes you think of snow and cold (in a good way).
I managed to find some matching-ish cute little gray shoes for cheap. (Umm yeah, I did go shopping anyway - I'm a horrible person.)
I think I'm finally catching on to what will make Addie wear something. Sparkle. I found 4 little sparkly buttons at JoAnn. They basically look like diamond studs. I used those on the little placket thing-y which you can kind of see in the photo above. That was my second attempt on making a curve that I was happy with on the placket thing-y. It's still not quite right. Another sewing skill to work on, I guess.
Then I picked 3 different sets of buttons and let her choose. These silver ones are the exact ones I thought she'd choose, but if I had chosen them, she would hate them. Miss Addie, I am so on to you!
Did you ever do that rhyme when you were a kid about "Miss Mary Mac"? You know with silver buttons all down her back-back-back? I thought about that when I was sewing these on.
So then, in the what-was-I-thinking-department . . .
Okay, so it's kind of cute there, but check this out . . .
What I was thinking was that it would be fun to make something out of fake fur (why?) that she could wear over her dress to be a bit warmer.
What I was picturing was a Narnia-esqe snow queen type thing.
I used the Oliver & S Little Things to Sew Pattern for the Red Riding Hood Cape which is a perfectly good pattern. My only complaint is that the size that would fit Addie is 5-10. That's quite a range. This (obviously) ended up being huge. I actually tried it on and could probably wear it. (I did not say would.)
What I ended up with was something that looks more Mrs. Claus than snow queen AND fake fur carpeting my craft room like it just got hit with a Nor'easter AND a huge motivation suck as I struggled with finishing it vs. just scrapping it.
Oh well. I got rid of some red fabric I didn't like any more for the lining, and Addie and I had fun laughing about Mrs. Claus shedding all over my floor.
I did manage to get my craft room straightened up. I even have some before and after photos I'll share soon. Now I'm having fun with a few Christmas gifts that I'm working on (and probably coulda, woulda, shoulda started during my months hiatus from crafting).
It's snowing quite nicely outside right now, so my entire family is keeping their fingers crossed for a snow day.
I'll leave you with a few more pictures of Addie modeling her dress - how do they know how to do this?
This one cracks me up the most, but I think she was only doing that because I told her to get her hair out of her face.
That one was fully intentional.
The windblown look. (I had to blow dry her hair. She was just out of the bath, and it was cold outside - even in the Santa suit. It was her idea to scream while I faked the wind with the hairdryer.)
And the tough-guy look.