Monday, February 04, 2008

I Will Not Be Defeated

The dress from Friday's post did not prevent me from attempting the pattern again. In fact, if you know me well enough, you will know that I will not be defeated. "If you're like me," you make it again. ( ... and again ... and again ... okay, you get the point.)


On Friday night, I was determined to conquer the pattern. The sizing had to be accurate, I was sure of it. Yet, the neckline was just too big. (Actually, I don't know if Spenser tried it on because she announced, "I don't like that," when she saw the dress. All I know is that the dress kept slipping off a children-sized hanger. Maybe in two years, when it fits, she will like it.)

Anyway, I had remembered that there were a few others in blogland who had used this pattern and, surely, they would have found a solution for this problem. And right, I was! I found this shirt with notes that she put pleats in the sleeves to compensate for gaping neckline. And, what do you know? It totally worked. So, maybe technically, I didn't conquer the pattern, but it turned out. And Spenser likes it. And she wore it to church yesterday. In my book, that means I conquered it.

(Fabric notes: The body of the dress is Alexander Henry's Lemon Blossom. The bias trim tie is Alexander Henry's Pop Dots. Both are from my stash. I also made the ties a little wider so that the design is more visible. This is the pattern for the shirt, which is just a shorter version of the dress.)

13 comments:

nikko said...

I think this one turned out so cute! I'm glad that Spenser likes it. After all, what fun is making something if they don't want to wear it?

Katie Jean said...

love it! And look at her posing for the camera!

Jen said...

Really cute. And I think you conquered the pattern with your alteration...I think that counts.

Karyn said...

Ok, this MAY be a repeat comment, I just typed one out and I have no idea where it's gone...

Anyways, I LOVE that top!!! I love it so much that I think *I* might need one of our Simplicity tops in that fabric!

And, that's the cutest model ever!

Chara Michele said...

That is a really cute top & all the better that she likes it! :)

miss chris said...

Darling. Great job! You totally conquered it. And I'm still impressed with the whole making-something-from-a-Japanese-pattern thing. Because I'm just not that brave. You give me hope, though. XO

African Kelli said...

Seriously? That little one has a career in modeling. Look at her working the red boots.
And the dress is so cute! Love your fabric choice.

christy said...

cute, and spenser is getting so big. i can't believe it. what a pretty little girl. a brunette version of her mom.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

So cute! And Spencer looks so grown up in this picture. Very much the little lady. With boots!

Randi said...

Your model is so cute and the dress is adorable!

Cici said...

oh yay! so cute, too. and don't you just love it when your boots match?

utmommy said...

I think it's darling!

atet said...

If she wears it -- you've won big time! It's adorable (and the picture of your youngest without his pants has me cracking up).