My girlie scored a two-for-one this Easter. As always I showed her the pattern I wanted to make (remember my vision?), and asked her what view she wanted as well as color choice etc. She wanted the jumper in pink. Done. The next morning she brought the pattern to me and asked “What dress are you making me? Oh yeah, the Hopper. I want a white dress for underneath too.” A Hopper! Love it. So the jumper is now a hopper, and I decided I’d make the white dress only if I had the energy.
Well, I guess I found the energy (there’s always enough for sewing projects, right?!), because few days later I whipped that number up. Actually, I was rummaging through some of my fabric and found a small bag with a couple items that I thrown in the toss-pile, but had rescued just to use for the fabric. I found a white skirt that had some fun tiers and tulle, and decided that it would be a lovely skirt for the dress.
So the Hopper is just plain old juicy, and the white dress looks very vintagy. I think almost too vintagy, but my girl Twinkle Twinkle just LOVES it. It has fantastic twirl-factor, and that’s really the only thing that matters in a 3 year-old girlie’s life. She likes it better than the Hopper, and I can already tell it’s going to be a battle to get the Hopper on top. But I love the pair together, and I least I’ve now documented that they were intended as a duo.
THE HANDSOME PAIR
Pattern: Simplicity 3289 (vintage)
Fabric for the jumper or “hopper”: Twinkleann’s cotton solids on sale for $2.5 a yard + buttons for $1.25
Fabric for the white dress: a thrifted white sheet ($2) + an old skirt +vintage buttons on hand
Difficulty: Hmmm. Easy? Maybe just slightly intermediate, but nothing you can’t handle.
Total cost: $8.25
Now that I’ve gone HUGE this year as far as Easter clothing goes I’ll say this: I do/will NOT feel pressure to do this every year. I only do something if I want to, and have the time/energy to make it happen. That’s the way I roll with pretty much everything, and it’s important to me that sewing remain something I thoroughly enjoy and savor. Deadlines and expectations would probably ruin that for me, which is why I’ve never tried to sell anything I make (never say never though, right?) Anyway, do you feel a moral obligation to make/buy and easter dress/outfit? I’m curious.