I was wandering aimlessly in a local big box fabric store in March and thought to myself, “Hey, if I can cut a straight line and sew two pieces of fabric together, shouldn’t I be able to make a dress for Mo? Of Course! How hard can it be?!?!” (Insert eyeroll here). Taking my time to look through the pattern books, I picked out what I thought was the easiest pattern I could find. Seriously, it was one of those Sewing for Dummies patterns.
Excitedly, Mo begged me to start and make her something pretty. Who could turn down that request? So I began…
Rookie mistake number 1: I didn’t measure the munchkin before I purchased the fabric: a yard of Tula Pink blueberry raccoon. It was 4 inches too short in length. Ugh!
A quick trip to Walmart for fabric (don’t judge – Sunday, small town, cheap fabric to practice on) and Mo was a happy camper and excited for a new dress.
Rookie mistake 2: starting a project of this magnitude when my go to seamstress is spending the week in Hawaii and is unreachable. Great timing! My mom owned her own custom bridal business when I was younger and could have answered all my questions if I only had the patience to wait a few days.
Oh well! A few YouTube tutorials later and I figured out how to decipher the pattern, sew gathering stitches, and correctly use bias tape. I fiddled around with the embroidery features on my machine and made a pretty decorative leaf design with variegated pastel thread around the ruffles and bib.
For a first attempt, I don’t think it’s horrible, but I think I’ll stick to quilting for now. Miss Mo loves it, however, and that’s all that counts.