Wanna know something? This last project kinda kicked my behind:).
Let’s take a little stroll through the last sewing project, shall we?
So it turns out The Sunshine Dress wasn’t always so…sunny.
This following picture is the original dress, and was supposed to be an Easter dress for B. I was so happy with the end result.
Until I tried it on her.
It seemed rather tight, but I SO wanted to see it on her. So I kept trying–until she was stuck. (This is a reenactment, and sadly, no where near as bad as the first time on).
B and I were giggling our heads off trying to get it off of her. I was pretty relieved she wasn’t screaming, as I might have had to cut the thing off of her!
That would have been bad enough, had I not asked my friend Sabra if I could try it on her smaller little BOY. His arms were looking very similar, kind of sticking out the top all twisted. Sorry Sabra.
Let’s look at the dreaded buttonhole.
So look at this combination waiting to create a perfect buttonhole:
Stitch set to AUTOMATIC button hole maker? Check. Button in button foot? Check. Stitches set where they should be? Check. Sew a button? Not so much. The machine stitched in one place, and one place only. I thought I just needed to be patient. Maybe I was supposed to do the work, like by using the backstitching lever. No such luck. Turns out that my automatic button maker doesn’t work. update: ahem, yes it does. So the result?
I KNOW! What is that? But it’s fully functional—I’ll give it that. ;)
The dress that I just finished does fit Lil’ Miss B. Did the second try go perfectly? Nope. First, I AGAIN made it too small. Ha ha ha! I mean come ON, how hard can it be?
I started to topstitch around the neckline. It was going great. But then I noticed that I wasn’t sewing a very straight topstitch. I totally noticed, and I didn’t even stop. I was in denial. I just kept sewing right along, hoping that in the end, it would all be alright. Turns out that it didn’t work out and I had to do the topstitching over :).
On another note, I used fake sunlight in the tutorial for the dress. Could you tell? Probably, but I like that they are still bright pictures and almost as good as sunlight as far as tutorial pics go. The trick is to use daylight bulbs! I got the 100 watt ones. They are so very BRIGHT! And it looks like I’m about to warm up some baby chicks.
And last, but not least, we found a pretty field of purple flowers to take some of the final pics of the Sunshine Dress.
Only as soon as I got B and my 5 year old D out of the van, two huge dogs started bounding through the field to, I don’t know, say hello? They were barking and running all around us. Needless to say, B and D were not impressed in the least. They both started screaming. B was probably crying because of her brother screaming—he’s been bit by a dog before and is a bit scared of them now.
So B was grumpy in our first spot. She didn’t want to get down, she kept looking for the dogs, and she did NOT want to hold the flower. So we got some keepers here.
Want to see what’s she did right before we left for pictures? Luckily I hadn’t put on the dress yet!