Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crossing it off the list

Have you ever purused craft fairs or spent hours sifting through all the wonderfully creative products on etsy, just to decide... I can totally make that myself for 1/4 of the price...and then never, ever get around to actually making anything?
Welcome to my life.
I like to think I'm crafty. Artistic even, on a good day. But I am not a seamstress. True, I whipped up a few outfits for myself on Granny's sewing machine in college, but that was more out of necessity than desire.
Besides a little skirt I crafted for Bella as a newborn out of discontinued fabric sample scraps from my store, I haven't sewn a clothing item for at least 11 years.
However, whenever I see adorable, overpriced hand-crafted outfits at boutiques or online, I convince myself that I really probably could make it instead.
It's never really happened, but, yesterday... yesterday was my day.
Somewhere between 3:00 and 5:00 am, I realized it was going to be a no errands, no volunteering, stay at home, and let the baby and myself get better day. I wasn't sick enough to need to lay in bed all day, but wasn't feel up to leaving the house...so I got to looking at my lengthy, dreamy "if I ever have a spare minute" to-do list. {I am kind of a fan of lists. I have lots of them}.
And on this list, was Bella's request from nine months ago that I make her a skirt. The girl has plenty of skirts. She wears them often. Why she wanted me to MAKE her one, I wasn't quite sure. But, it was on the list, and I had fabric, time, and a sewing machine I got for Christmas last year that had never made it out of the box. It was a perfect combination.
I decided that I didn't want to mess with elastic, and I can't stand zippers and buttons, so a skirt was out of the question.
Luckily, I have spent enough time on etsy recently, that I have fallen in love with the pillowcase dress.
So simple. No pattern. No instructions. {Which is great for me, because I can't follow a pattern for the life of me.} Just a ruler, some scissors, an iron, time, and some thread, and voila! Look what happened!

Look at that sweet flower stitch. Oh, I am in love with this sewing machine. I might actually have to use it more than it's averaged once a year now!

She was thrilled to come home to a fun little surprise. {luckily, she didn't mind a bit that it wasn't actually a skirt.}

I should be sewing one for Azure right now...but sewing two days in a row? Whew! I don't know if I have it in me!


ang said...

wow that is so cute! way to go!!

Rachel. said...

I love it. Especially the bow. Bella is a lucky girl.

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