Some of you may remember when I said I was going to sew a dress. It seemed laughably impossible and I didn't think I was going to be able to do it. After one weekend afternoon working with my sister I felt discouraged: one beginner's mistake after another made the idea of making a dress seem ridiculous. I couldn't even figure out how to cut the fabric, for goodness sake. The tension was off on my machine, and it just wasn't happening.
I decided to take a step back, take a break, and try again in a few weeks. Luckily, in that time I managed to score a supposedly "easy" pattern from the thrift store, decided to make my first dress using a bedsheet and not actual valuable fabric, and figured out how to fix the tension. So when I took my second attempt at the project it was actually stress free... especially since I forced myself to think of it as merely a "practice dress".
So here's my very first dress. My practice dress. It looks sort of retro, don't you think? Like something you would wear while waiting tables at a diner. I'm happy to report that it was only a two-naptime project (a "naptime unit", in our household, being around an hour and a half to two hours on a good day). But I haven't sewn in a zipper yet, so I guess it's not technically "done" quite yet.
So, for today: I love the dress, I love that it has pockets, I love that I learned all sorts of things like how to sew "darts" while making it, I love that I can easily make another dress just like it in another fabric sometime, and I love that for that next time I have lots of little things I will do differently. And I think most of all I love learning something new and having something concrete to show for it.
Now if it would only warm up enough so I could actually wear the dress (who said I can't wear it just because it's a practice dress :-)... and with that, I'm back to stockpiling the house for the next storm that is barreling our way as we speak. Stay warm, everyone!