So I did the right thing and I made the dress. I used McCalls pattern (M5494), view E, with a few minor adjustments. This was a rather involved pattern, with a fitted, lined bodice and full skirt and very fancy collar. I did have a few moments of yelling and crying and lots of late nights in order to get it finished. I added the cape, fixed with buttons on the shoulders. I also used velcro (at intervals) to hold the removable collar in place (the pattern used little plastic popper things). And I added the little red appliqued features on the puff sleeves. I used yellow satin for the skirt but decided to use a blue cotton drill for the bodice as I was concerned about sewing with too much shinny, shinny fabric. I also used a light blue for the sleeves as I believe that's what the 'real' Snow White has. The light blue fabric was a business shirt belonging to Steve that was up-cycled - his contribution to the dress!
Monday, 15 February 2010
my little Snow White...
For months leading up to Christmas Minnie declared that she really, really wanted a Snow White doll and a Snow White dress. She asked all the shopping centre Santa's and left instructions in her Christmas Eve note to Santa. If she was asked what she was getting, she always replied 'a Snow White dress and a Snow White doll.'
I contemplated buying a ready made dress but really couldn't bring my self to do it. I couldn't bring another synthetic, mass produced highly flammable costume into the house. I guess I was only thinking that buying one would save time and as my sciatica was really playing up, save me hours of sitting in my sewing room. I was going to buy the doll as I really couldn't re-create the one that Minnie had gazed at for months in every toy store in the greater Sydney area.
I must admit I was very proud of it when I finished it, late on Christmas Eve. I had never before put in a zip so neatly - that zipper foot really works! But my smile didn't compete with Minnie's when she first saw it on Christmas morning. And that was in fact my favourite Christmas moment - seeing her smile at this dress. Actually, it's one of my all time favourite moments.
Oh, what am I saying! Well of course Santa really did all the sewing. What a clever chap.