Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Princess Petticoat

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!


Pam Corwin said...

Boy, saying no to custom is something we all have to learn the hard way, isn't it? But making exceptions for special projects like this one is so worth it. You are so talented and generous - I love this, Lucky girl!

Georgina said...

I once gleefully said yes to making a wedding dress and I loved sewing thousands of sequins and hot fixing thousands of Swarovski crystals onto yards and yards of silk tulle - but as The Day approached, the weight of responsibility weighed heavier and heavier until I couldn't enjoy the wedding at all and spent all day imagining flaws in the dress! Miss Muffet sounds much more fun if you are after a frothy girlie dip - which I often am!!!

Colleen MacDonald said...

Yes, Pam. Learning the hard way is one of the things that I do best! But seeing the look on her face when I brought out the petticoat made it all worthwhile. The class had their dress rehearsal today and she was literally prancing around, feeling pretty.

Georgina, I can't IMAGINE doing a wedding dress; that is incredibly brave of you (but you're probably a much better seamstress than me)!

Jenni said...

It's adorable!! And I feel all girly just looking at it.

Victoria said...

Makes me want one just like it, and at night I'll wear it and go dance under the weeping willow by the light of the moon, and for those moments all would be right with the world.

Colleen MacDonald said...

Oh TOTALLY, Victoria! There's a children's book called, "The Bora Bora Dress" that reminds me so much of that sentiment!