Phew, I did it. Christmas outfit number one was completed just in the nick of time for Lottie to wear to the playgroup Christmas party this morning.
I normally am a sew-it-my-way kind of gal. I use patterns as guidelines not rules. After picking out the pattern and fabric I knew how I wanted to make this dress my own way, but due to time pressures I caved in and thought I'd just stick to the pattern. That would be easier and quicker, right? WRONG. About half way through I realised I should have just cut it out the way I had in my head. When I got to the part in the instructions that said to bind the armhole front and backs separately before the sides were even sewn together I knew I had messed up big time. I should never have doubted my ability to put together a simple dress in my own way. I ended up tearing my hair out over basic little things I normally don't bat an eyelid at. By the time I went to bed last night I never wanted to see the blasted thing again.
Of course when she popped it on this morning and looked so darn adorable, I fell in love with it. I made little shorts to wear underneath but it is long enough to not need them. I might whip up a little matching tank top to go with the shorts so she gets two outfits.
The party was a hit. Santa arrived on a firetruck and handed out lots of goodies. The kids went wild on sugar and had a ball in the playground. I sweltered under a tree and pondered if I could possibly hate the humidity this summer any more than I already do. And poor old Santa in his wooly red suit looked like he was in desperate need of a cold beer.