I've been struggling with Halloween costume ideas for Spenser. I suggested a bride or Little Red Riding Hood. She requested a princess. Bride? Princess? Almost the same thing in my sewing opinion.
So Sunday night was the night I thought I would start working on this (I needed something to divert my attention from the strange sounds). I didn't have a princess dress pattern. And I hadn't bought any special fabric, but I had some white satin and pink lace in my stash. I decided to use the basics of a pattern for an angel costume that I had made two years ago for her and modify it.
I cut the fabric, sewed it together and left a few edges (sleeves and hem) untouched so I could fit it to her the next day.
When she woke up, I told her I had been working on it. She was so excited. Until she saw it. I guess it's not what she had in mind. And I suppose when you're almost three, you don't see the "big picture" and raggedy edges are a big turn-off. I nearly forced her to try it on so I could see what changes it would need. I had to pin sleeves and shorten the bodice. She wasn't happy to see it and couldn't wait to take it off.
Last night I sewed late into the night making the necessary modifications, which included ripping apart quite a bit of the dress.
When she woke up this morning, with everything finished but the bottom hem, I thought she would be happier. She's not. She still doesn't like it.
So, now when I ask her what she wants to be for Halloween, she answers "Spenser."
You can't win them all.
(So what, you ask, are the above photos for? I sewed her a simple Little Red Riding Hood cape and bonnet on Friday just in case she wanted to be that for Halloween. She doesn't. So the princess dress was actually costume #2. I might show you the ugly princess dress tomorrow. I'm hoping to finish the hem and have a certain girl wear the dress for the photo. That is, if I can get the dress on her. Fingers crossed.)