One of the ways that I'm trying to reduce stress this year is by saying "No" more often to custom sewing projects. It's not that I don't like doing them, it's that they take so much time that I fall behind in my other tasks. But I don't want to say no to every project, and this one was very rewarding for me.
One of Bronwyn's friends is playing Little Miss Muffet in the school play this year, and she really wanted a big poufy petticoat for her dress. She asked me to help out, and I was happy to oblige. First of all, sewing for kids is very satisfying because they go into their world of fantastic imagination and they don't care what the seams look like, as long as the outcome is "Poufy". Secondly, working with tulle makes me feel all girly and it makes me remember how it was when I was seven years old. Back then I believed in Fairies and in Princesses who happily picked daisies in the sunshine all day.
So on sunny days, I sat out on the porch and pinned tulle onto the underlayer and pretended that I didn't have a care in the world. It was very theraputic.
For this project, I basically made a tiered skirt out of white muslin, and sewed 6 yards of tulle to it. Very simple, but time consuming! Thank goodness for sunny porch days!