(Did that peek inside my willy nilly secret head chatter freak you out? Just a teeny tiny bit? Sorry.)
Instead of curtains, I'll be using this stack of happiness...
I didn't think I was hungry when I picked out the fabrics, but maybe I was since there are several fruit patterns. I liked all the bold, bright, cheerful summer-y colors, I couldn't resist their apPEEL (hahaha, I am a laugh a minute! I know!) I also liked the texture which seems almost like a seersucker, the classic summer fabric and (fingers crossed) might not be so wrinkly like 100% cotton.
Now that I'm looking at the stack of fabric (both the picture and the actual stack on my table) I realize I may have been overly optimistic about my sewing prowess and allowed myself to be completely swept away by the colors and patterns, as I am apt to do. It has also dawned on me that I'll be quite busy the next few days, which is good, but it also makes me nervous. Like flop sweat nervous.
Last week I made this easy pillowcase dress for Annelise, which she liked. See?
Especially because it was cool and comfy and did not impede her scooter riding in any way (this is a deal breaker).
Note to self: Buy Annelise some summer sandals ASAP.
Following that sewing victory, in a moment of beginner sewing hubris, I attempted to sew two other dresses following the same pattern. In an effort to make the dress a little longer, I laid the pattern out differently than what the directions suggested.
Yeah. You're not really supposed to do that. Unless maybe you are a master seamstress and actually know what you're doing and not a Fly-By-the-Seat-of-Your-Pants and Get-Your-Hiney-Bit kind of seamstress like me.
So, I'll be making some place mats out of that mistake.
Not to be deterred, I tried again with an adorable lemon and orange print fabric, cut everything out and even sewed pockets onto the front piece of the dress. It was when I tried to line the front panel up with the back panel that I realized I had somehow cut the pieces wrong AGAIN. I'll spare you the details, but it boiled down to me missing a subtle, yet obviously VITAL, instruction.
So, I'll have to try and rework that mess into a top.
Needless to say I took a break from sewing that day and escaped into my book for a while to recover, all the while questioning how I ever managed to make the first dress in the first place.
But I will not let that (SIMPLE) pattern beat me. I won't.
I shall go forth and sew.
With the instructions clutched in my sweaty hand.
I'll be back with the after pictures soon(ish). I hope.
Wish me luck.