Friday, February 6, 2009
Once Upon a Time...
Once upon a time there was a little girl who fell in love with the mass-produced $80 princess dress at the Disney Store. The little girl begged and pleaded for this dress to be hers, but her evil mother refused her requests. Not being 100% evil, her mother offered to make the little girl her very own, one-of-a-kind princess dress. The little girl reluctantly accepted the offer.
As the quasi-evil mother scanned pattern websites, ebay, and etsy, she came upon this pattern for quite a reasonable price. For you see, the little girl's mother was also thrifty. The mother found this pattern and asked the little girl which dress she would like.
The pair ventured to the fabric store to select fabric for the main part of the dress, since the girl's mother already had the contrast fabric purchased from a thrift store for only $1.00.
The little girl loved a beautiful fabric that is used to make saris, but the mother couldn't rationalize spending $45 on the fabric, so the little girl found another fabric that she loved just as much as the sari fabric, and it was only $4.99/yard!
The girl's mother was very surprised at the choice. Instead of it being pink or red or purple, the little girl happily settled upon a royal blue fabric.
The dress took some time. The mother toiled late nights for about a week to create the gown. There were some missteps, since it was often well past midnight, and the mother's eyes began to cross. The mother was very pleased with the darts, but completely unsatisfied with her zipper installation. Overall, the dress was pretty easy to complete and the mother even added some decorative details like ribbon and flowers!
The little girl's eyes grew large as she saw her completed dress. She was so happy and excited and this made her mommy feel very proud.
And they all lived happily every after. Until the little girl asked for a Cinderella dress next.