At the last minute, a very sweet, but persuasive voice asked her mama to whip it up for last night's school concert. Nothing like a little fire beneath the sewing pedal to get me going! The request was for red velvet, but we compromised on white velour with a red "velvety sash", since that was what I had in my studio. An old velour mattress cover with a broken zipper was reinvented into a simple, soft and lovely white "twirly" dress that I foresee becoming Clara's nightgown in the weeks to come.
I hadn't sewn with velour since she was a toddler and had forgotten how delicious it is to work with. Because it's a knit, I used a decorative stretch stitch for the hems and a mock overlock for the internal seams. 3 favorite garments were used to improvise the pattern pieces for an a-line bodice, the peasant style neckline and sleeves. As you can see, it's quite minimal, but since both of us lean towards the "less is more" philosophy- it works for my daughter as much as for me. The red sash upped the "fancy factor" last night and got the thumb's up from all the other little girls. Phew! I'll try to snag a picture of it in action this weekend. I can see more dresses and tunics being made with this pattern- maybe by mixing up several colors of XL T-shirts.
Sending you wishes for a creative and magical December weekend!