Halloween has come and gone and Emily got to go trick-or-treating
in costume after all. And now that all the doorbell-ringing and
pumpkin decorating are over, I am finally sitting down to post
pictures of that elusive dress Emily asked for. Here's the first
picture just to prepare you for the color it is.
We started out with this
Drats, I should have ironed the skirt. Mumble..mumble......mumble......
But I must say it turned out better than I'd expected. I was planning to
sew her a fabric tiara but surrendered at the last minute and braided
together remnants from the dress to make her that
Tamborine dancer? Crown-less princess? Hippie?
But not the tutu kind. People just don't go out in the dark
in tights and a tulle belt in October in this part of the world.
That's hypothermia waiting to happen.
So Emily got fleece. And long sleeves. And a semi-circular skirt.
The skirt is the main thing- at the very least it had to twirl properly.
And a fleece skirt, while warm, is not fancy, and therefore not fun.
So it had to have floaty shimmery layers. Not organza, which would
have been easier to work with. Chiffon. With sparkles. And satin in
the bodice to make it princessy. Thank goodness for a serger.
But I like how it turned out, the skirt especially. It has nice movement
to it, even for fleece. A full circular skirt would have been spectacular
but it would have also been too heavy for a little girl.
The assymetrical layers in the skirt were fun to do, especially
The best part of this? If last year's princess costume was anything
to go by, Emily will probably wear this over and over again
throughout the year. All that mileage is good for a dress
with that much pink in it.