(alternate title: An underwhelming show-and-tell of two projects)
Sometimes fluttery sleeves on a little girl make her look cute. And... other times they just make her look like a Star Trek character with a shoulder pad malfunction....
So I thought, "Well, I only paid $4 for this dress at Old Navy. I can either donate it to Kids-for-Klingons or I can try to "fix" it so that I might actually let Clare wear it." I got out my scissors and chopped off those flutters. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Maybe I'll put it on her once in a while. At lease now she'll be able to fit through standard-size doorways without turning sideways...
Dress project number two is somewhat more exciting, but don't get too worked up. A few months ago I found a skirt at AmVets thrift store on a 50% off day. $1.50. It was a girl's size L (12-14 or something like that??) It was gauzy white with embroidered butterflies and sequins, and was in great shape. So I bought it, knowing it was 17 sizes to large for Ruth but with the plan that I would turn it into a dress. It was one of those projects that I never would have gotten to... except... a sweet friend hosted a craft night last night. Do you have any idea how delightful it is to get out of the house and spend a few hours sewing and chatting with friends! Bliss! So I had the free time to do the dress after all.
Foolish me forgot to take a picture of the skirt before I took my scissors to it. But here's the finished project. I cut off the top waste band and attached it to a tank top that I cut up from the bottom. It's a tad big for Ruth, but not unwearable. It will fit her again next year and then will be a hand-me-down for Clare!
|Clare's hand in the corner there reminds of the creepy tallisman from that short story|
"The Monkey's Paw" - you know that one that you read in freshman high school Lit.
I think she likes it!