I just out that one of my classmates and friends is getting married!!!! I am so happy for her! As a surprise, I’m going to make her a quilt. I’m so excited!!! I don’t have the design yet, but I plan to use lots of polka dots, dark pink, and black. It’s going to be awesome!!
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Darn patterns! I do not like how much ease is incorporated into ready make prom dress patterns. It can mess up perfectly wonderful dresses and turn them into alteration nightmares.
Ok, Joanns Fabrics is having the Own Your Look prom dress contest. Naturally, I decide to make another new prom dress for it. Prom was in a couple weeks anyway and a ginormous sale was going on at Joanns. Casa Collection fabric for 50% off is a huge deal. I get my fabric and embellishments or as many as I can considering that I went on either the last or the second to last day of the sale. Everything was pretty much picked over, but I found what I wanted (even though I had to back six times). With that done and taken care of, I finished up school and graduated. My school’s prom is weird since it’s after school is officially over.
Anyway, so I start on the dress. Following the pattern perfectly, I carefully constructed my work of art. Even though it took me just under a week, I was very happy to finish up the last details. Or so I thought. Excitedly, I tried on the dress only to find that it was at least 2 inches too big. I was very distraught (I still am a bit) and mad at the pattern. Even though I had followed it perfectly, the dress still turned out too big. I realized that I forgot about this annoying thing called ease that is included in every store bought pattern. Boy, is it a hassle sometimes.
Frustrated, I tried to alter that dress but to no avail. I was still too upset about the mis-sizing. So, I put (ok, threw) the dress in my redo corner and focused on the matching shrug instead. The shrug turned out exactly as the pattern said. I didn’t even have to alter the pattern for too much ease. Heartened by the success of the shrug, I began to alter the dress. At first it didn’t work so well till I prayed and got the idea to put darts in the bodice and an adjustable bow around the waistband. Both alterations worked really well! I reduced the bodice to nearly my size (I still have to put in a couple more darts) and made the waistband look like it actually fit me. I just have to fix the skirt a bit. Since the dress has a high waist, the skirt makes me look a bit (ok, more than a bit) bottom heavy and slightly pregnant even though I’m neither. I know that because of the cut there is not much I can do, but I still want to try to slim out the skirt a bit.
Just the other Friday was my birthday. It’s my big 1-8 so Mom asks me what I want to do for a special birthday treat. Naturally, my mind starts racing as ideas flood my mind and excitement builds within my veins. My mind locks on an idea and, with big excited eyes, I practically screamed, “FABRIC STORE!!!!!!!!!!!” Mom rolled her eyes while she explained that I’d be at the store for far to long, would miss my game night with my friends, and spend far to much money. Still, she took me anyway, after I promised that I wouldn’t take more than four hours and would spend as little money as possible.
So we went to the store. I was cramped horribly for time while my mind whirled with all the new costume possibilities and fabric combinations. Fortunately, a sale was occurring and everything I wanted was on sale. I was in total h-e-a-v-e-n. Frantically, I raced about the store grabbing patterns and fabric and notions. Meanwhile, the fabric cutting line grew and grew. There was no way I would make it out of store in time. Fortunately, Mom knew that too. By the time I’d finished getting all the necessary materials for the costumes I was working on, the fabric cutting line had backed up half way across the store. There was maybe a half hour left till my get-together. I was going to be late. Still, I persevered through the long cutting line wait and the fabric cutting process. According to the clock, I was late to my party as I walked to the checkout line. The line was very short. I made it out in semi-record time while saving over four hundred dollars. Woot for fabric and pattern sales!!!!
Luckily, for me, traffic was moving quickly. I ended up arriving at the game night four minutes after it started. Everyone else had gotten there late too. My friends and Mom surprised me by turning the get-together into a mini surprise birthday party, complete with cake and ice cream and pizza. Everyone had a wonderful time.
All that was said to say that I now have all the materials to make Belle’s green library dress and Sheeta’s pirate outfit. Mom surprised me by buying the fabric and notions as my birthday present!!!! Both costumes are officially in progress now.
Also, the theme for the costume dinner is Disney® and it is on the 23rd of this month (April). I am working on Belle’s green dress as I type. Expect the next few updates to be a bit longer that usual and cram packed with info, especially since I have less time to make Belle’s costume. As always, thank you for reading and stay tuned to find out what happens next. *^_^*