This week I dared to try a little stitching during the day. I didn’t get too far before Aria was imploring me to help her make a wedding dress. Apparently, a wedding dress is strapless and long – really long. She wanted to attach a blue playsilk to the hem of her pink and white hibiscus print sundress and remove the straps. Um, err….
I steered her towards the concept of classic white, honestly hoping she might toss the idea so I could get back to work. But, of course not. She simply suggested I get some white fabric! So, abandoning all hope for my project, I sent her to fetch this white petticoat dress of sorts that she’s been wearing as a nightgown.
Here she is proudly pinning her chosen purple chiffon to the hem of the dress. It was her first time at this type of pinning. When we went to stitch I realized that I had forgot to emphasize that ideally the dress hem and chiffon should be pinned together without gathering either fabric. But, as Aria says, “It’s ok, Mommy!”
After pinning Aria chose a thread color for the machine stitching. She worked the sewing machine foot peddle while I fed the fabric into the machine and removed the pins. She prefers to go painfully slow. Her favorite part of machine sewing is choosing a stitch. After much consideration and reconsideration, she chose this wavy pattern which shows up quite nicely, I think.
So, there you have it. One loooong wedding dress! Aria handstitched a leftover chiffon scrap to a headband to create a veil, so I think we’re all set for the big day.