Last weekend, Thing 2 and I worked on her dress. She got a firsthand lesson in cutting out the pattern. And, she is old enough now to handle an iron, so she pressed the patterns flat. Then we pinned it to muslin fabric and transferred the pertinent markings and cut it out. Thing 2 still has trouble pinning but she really liked transfer the pattern dots to the fabric! I need to sit her down and have her practice pinning so she get comfortable with it.
I already did that with her for sewing. I took some scrap fabric and with a magic marker, drew straight, curved and zig zag lines for her to practice sewing on. She kept at it till she got comfortable and it abolished any fear since it was just scrap fabric that we were going to throw away (well, I used it to clean the barbeque first!)
After we sewed up the muslin, she tried it on and wasn’t very impressed! Little Thing 2’s hips have come in, (sigh… puberty) so I showed her how we modified the pattern (literally drawing black lines on the muslin, then modifying the paper pattern.
Cutting out the fabric was as far as we got. She’s still not sure if she’s going to like the dress when it’s done so we used a bright Hawaiian print fabric to make a little sun dress for vacation this summer. Once she can see the final result, she’ll have a better idea of what her graduation dress will look like.
We had a really nice time mother daughter morning shopping at Joanns for the white linen fabric that will be used for the final graduation dress. We also picked through my stash of zippers (acquired from the Grady Hunt estates sale) that will be used to spice up her graduation dress.