Daddy Daughter Dance

Last year’s daddy daughter dance was when I made my first dress ever.  I can’t believe a whole year has already gone by.  This year, I really did not have any energy to make anything.  At least one person was sick in the family for the last 5 weeks, and I told little e that I didn’t have it in me to make anything and that I would just go out and buy her something. The dance was to be “Great Gatsby” themed and we were going to buy her a flapper girl dress.

However, little e came up with such a great, simple idea and I was so proud that she came up with the design herself that I popped a few Motrins and dragged myself to the sewing machine to make her dress.  Turned out, it only took 2 hours, and less than $10.

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That ruffly black fabric can be bought by the yard and we had made a plum colored “Crewcuts-like” dress with it last year.  It was on sale for 50% and turned out to be $5.50 per yard.  The 3/4 inch sleeve pattern I already had from her nightgown pattern and we spent $2 for a quarter yard of chiffon.  All in $7.50 and 2 hours, my most economical project to date and little e was so excited.  Note: gaudy accessories were her interpretation of the 1930s flapper period.  I was sadly on a business trip and had no input.

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I’m pretty happy with the result.  It’s not as finished as my other projects as I was in a bit of a rush, but feel pretty good about my sewing skills at this point, to be able to pull together a dress with no pattern and not much time.  That was what I was hoping to achieve one day.  I have plenty more to learn but coming from someone, who a year ago didn’t even know how to thread a sewing machine, I’m happy with how far I’ve come.

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Ah, little e is growing up so quickly.  She asked me to make her wedding dress one day.  Slow down, little girl…

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