Don't we all just love vintage patterns with their glorious illustrations? Problem is, I bet many of us have been fooled by them too - the garments never quite turn out like the illustration, and in some cases look completely different. This has happened to me several times before, so really I shouldn't have been surprised, nor annoyed.....
Anna had been invited to a rainbow themed birthday party, and of course she demanded a new dress because unfortunately I think I've created a little fashion monster who thinks getting a new dress every week is the norm. But I happened to have purchased some Lisette fabric bought from Spotlight during the January sale earlier this year that she liked, so I was able to oblige. It is described as sateen, but it's quite thin like a poly-cotton voile, which would be perfect for a twirly dress style that she likes best.
I also let her pick out the pattern which she just loved doing since I've transferred all my scanned pattern covers to my Ipad so she just had to flick through them. The hardest part was settling on one pattern, but in the end she chose vintage Style 1485 from the 1970s that I hadn't used before:
I always like using an unused pattern from the stash, and I've had good results from Style patterns before so I went for it. I did the necessary measurements, sewed it up and finished it last Tuesday while both she and Toby were at daycare and had it ready and waiting for her to try it on when she got home Tuesday afternoon. I congratulated myself on another productive day. I then spent part of Wednesday unpicking it all. Sigh.....
The completed dress looks ok on the hanger, but on Anna it may as well have been a wine barrel - it was really wide and really short. In fact I think it may have been as wide as it is long. I know the fashion for little kids in the 1970s was for short dresses, and I also know that Anna is exceptionally tall for her age (above the 100th percentile in the growth charts), but this dress barely covered her butt when standing and if she lifted her arms up the dress rose enough to show off her Dora underwear which is not so classy.
I didn't have enough fabric left to add another layer, so instead I decided to add contrasting layers in a solid colour in between. However life intervened and it's still all in pieces in my sewing room. But it didn't really matter in the end because it just wasn't to be a party dress.
Last Thursday, after his first 3 days at daycare, Toby got terribly sick with some virus and spent hours vomiting continuously for most of the day and evening. We ended up in the emergency department at the wonderful Concord hospital (the staff in there are so lovely) for him to be re hydrated, which luckily they were able to do with medicine and he didn't need a drip. In fact he perked up quickly and has been fine since. We got home from the hospital at about 1.30am on Friday morning, and by 5.30am I was doing my best impersonation of Toby the previous day. By Friday afternoon Anna joined in the fun too. My husband who is proud of his iron guts constitution managed to hold out until Saturday night before he too succumbed.
So that is pretty much the whole weekend wasted, and I can't even say that all that bed rest and couch time has left me well rested. Worst of all I missed meeting up with everyone who went along to the second Sydney sewists meet up as I had planned to on Saturday afternoon. But there is always next time!
And now a mound of washing awaits me tomorrow, but on the bright side the kids are well enough to go back to daycare - whatever doesn't kill makes you stronger, right?!