Now the fabric was bought last year with the intention of
being turned into Christmas dresses. It's taken me this
long to sew them so it is unfortunate that the snowflake
motif is a bit seasonally-wrong for March.
Oh well, better late than never.
Some pictures of the girls wearing them, posing with bits
of colored plastic all over our living room floor.
I've settled into a sort of crude method for making dresses
in S-M-L sizes now. It goes like this:
- Draft pattern for Jenna (middle size) and cut and sew the dress.
- Try dress on Emily (larger size) and use measuring tape to decide how many inches to let out at various points in order to fit her.
- Scribble frantically on whatever paper is handy - newspaper, magazine, own skin.
- Repeat with Kate (smaller size) and use measuring tape to decide how many inches to take in at various points in order to fit her.
- Scribble frantically again.
- Run back to sewing table and trace Jenna's pattern on new piece of paper and make alterations from scribbled notes to make one smaller and one larger pattern.
- Cut out new fabric pieces and sew before I lose steam and begin to crave chocolate muffins.
This method is not as accurate as drafting each
person's pattern from scratch (i.e. beginning with
the basic block and altering it to produce the dress
shape) but it is much faster.
Two down, one more to go.