The other day I was totally frustrated with one of my new book projects. It was just. not. working. And I felt like I’d wasted the entire night. So I woke up in the morning and just like you guys mentioned to Emma last week, realized I needed a quick pick-me-up project that I could finish and gain momentum back.So I did this: A simple little dress for Clara.
I started with a thrifted shirt (10 year-old size, Cherokee brand). And drew a little A-line dress on top—just eye-balling the measurements—and started cutting. I only had one hour between naps and picking up kids, so it was a winging-it kind of project.And….the winging-it didn’t exactly work . I cut the neckline much too wide. So I grabbed another fabric to make it work. I love unintentional design twists.I turned it into a jumper style instead and then added my favorite knit straps:
• Cut 1-2 inch wide strips of knit
• Yank and stretch them from both ends
• They curl up creating little tube-like strings!
And that’s it for the straps….no real sewing involved (well, except for sewing them to the dress). I use these straps in my hobo sacks too. Then tie the little strings at the shoulder and you have a dress!Seeing it on the hanger, I started to doubt that it would fit a human and might become another doll cast off for Lucy.But I stuck a plain onesie on Clara, slipped on the dress, and it fit perfectly!I’m starting to wonder if she’s going to be a redhead afterall. Wouldn’t that be fun??
Okay, back to previous project at hand. I think I’ve made a small break-through….