Friday, December 6, 2013

How to turn a 30-minute project into a 3-hour tour (a 3-hour tour)

Step 1:  Ask your child what she wants to wear for her visit to Santa.  When she tells you that she wants a red plaid flannel skirt, nod and smile and don't try to persuade her to choose something less "challenging".

Step 2:  Ask her if she wants it lined.  Don't suggest she wear a slip, because then she will know you are a coward.

Step 3:  When she tells you she doesn't want a zipper because she wants to be able to just pull it on, ignore your instincts that say you should make a proper waistband.  Just go ahead and do the easy thing and make a waist casing in that bulky, lined flannel skirt.

Step 4:  When you try it on her and you realize that the waist casing in that bulky, lined flannel was a huge mistake, put the skirt on a hanger, have a lemon cookie, and plan to start fresh the next morning.

Step A (because it is a new day, so we have a new numbering system):  If thy waistband offends thee, cut it off. Make a proper waistband, with some elastic in the back to make the fit more flexible, and pleat that sucker to fit.

When judging the color of the skirt, go by this picture.

Lined like a boss.

Flat front waist.  My, what a nice matching job this is.

Gathered back waist.  My, what a crappy matching job this is.

When you find yourself following a previously-sewn line and
using a stiletto to keep the folds flat and wondering
what kinds of mistakes you are making underneath, think of England.

Behold!  A skirt on a hanger.  You're welcome.

Step B:  Suit up!  Head out!  Make sure her biggest and bestest hair flower is on the camera side of her head.

They had a long conversation about keys.  <3

Step C:  Remind yourself that if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well enough.  Santa is very forgiving, and your child will be thrilled to have a "made" skirt, because "boughten" skirts don't come with love notes inside.

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