Birthday dress sewing didn’t go quite as planned this year. I think the highlight was Saturday night, weekend before last. I was cutting out my pattern pieces when I realized that the corduroy fabric was discolored in lots of places. I had noticed that the corduroy changed color as I ironed it beforehand. The blue went sort of purple. I guess in my mind I thought, “Cool, it’s Hypercolor!” (You do remember those shirts, right? I wanted one so badly. So very badly. It never happened for me.) In the midst of the middle school flashback I suppose I assumed the fabric would turn blue again as it cooled. I didn’t think about it again until I had cut out all my pieces and noticed there was an issue. The purple areas had become faded blue spots. I learn something new every day! Thankfully I had ironed on the wrong side and it wasn’t all totally ruined.
I spent several evenings assembling the dress. It is a nice warm dress, and that I why I chose this pattern. I’ve made it before. I chose a fine wale corduroy for the outside and the inside is flannel. There are even flannel pockets which is a huge bonus. Because you essentially sew two dresses, it’s kind of time consuming, and because I made some stupid mistakes, it ended up keeping both Jonny and I up until 3 a.m. the night before Beatrix’s birthday. There was a moment when Jonny was ripping out stitches along the hem while I ripped as well, working to meet him in the middle. He noted that we should have totally been in a movie with romantic music playing. I was thinking, “I can’t believe I made such a dumb mistake and we are ripping stitches at 2 a.m.” There was no romantic music along the lines of this playing through my head. Oh my gosh, but now I am laughing just thinking about it. What if Unchained Melody had been playing while we ripped out those stitches together? So great.
The bottom line is that I made Beatrix a warm and practical dress for her birthday this year. The corduroy does wrinkle though when washed and you can’t really iron it on a high enough heat setting without it going hypercolor though. So, it’s a little bit frumpy. Beatrix loves the dress, but if you saw the thrift store dress I gave her in yesterday’s post, you might understand why she changed out of her birthday dress and into the shiny dress the moment she saw it.
(HERE is a link to the pattern for the dress.)