Abby wants to be Snow White for Halloween this year. In the past she's been a Sweet Pea, a Bee and last year she was Little Red Riding Hood. She's 4, it's not a long list.
This is a much bigger project then I anticipated. I'm using pattern Simplicity 2817, purchased for a whole $1 during Joann's pattern sale last month. The idea of paying $18 for a pattern now seems ridiculous. It was one of many I bought that day. I was very pleased with myself.
|Both these dresses are pictured with full crinolines which are not mentioned once in the directions or pattern.|
I looked through the reviews on PatternReview.com and was convinced that I could complete this costume on my own. Of course, I've already made a ton of changes so I'm not sure why I bothered looking it up. Even without my changes, I'm getting the feeling I was wrong in my assessment that this would be easy for the following reasons:
1) I've never used a commercial pattern before. All the patterns I've used to date have been from books or the Internet or I've made them myself. A commercial tissue pattern is a WHOLE other beast. It's unwieldy and fragile, it has complicated encoded directions, I have to use transfer paper and a pattern wheel. You have to line up notches and dots... dots I forgot to transfer. There are no step by step pictures, just confusing line drawings. It's kind of a nightmare.
|There are TWO of these evil things and two pages of double sided directions.|
|The inside is Fray City. I lined the bodice with bleached muslin that I added interfacing to for structure, but if I were to do it again I'd probably use a navy cotton or face the inside with velvet (assuming I could teach myself that technique).|
I have a lot more work to do to finish this. Not looking forward to the cape. See! This is why I start so early!