Last year, I went for the calico and gingham, patchwork look.
This year, though, I wanted more elegant dresses, which by the way will set you back quite a bit more than you might think, especially if you go to a real live fabric store instead of the bargain rack at Wal Mart.
And if you have seven children distracting you, you just might forget to look at the prices on the ends of the bolts because the children are wanting to make sure you know THERE IS A BIRD IN THE STORE! MOMMY! A BIRD IS FLYING IN THE STORE! I'M GOING TO CATCH THAT BIRD, MOMMY! IF I CATCH THAT BIRD CAN IT BE MY PET, MOMMY? THERE IS A BIRD IN THE STORE!
So that by the time you get to the check out, not only will you feel the desperate need for a some Extra Strength Motrin with a Route 44 Vanilla Dr. Pepper chaser, you will find out that the oh-so-elegant fabric for six Easter dresses will be costing you an arm and a leg. And another arm.
Not to worry though. I have decided the girls will be wearing these dresses every Sunday for the next eight months so we'll get our money's worth.
And now for the handy dandy tip:
The most tedious part of dress making, to me, is the pinning and cutting of the pattern. I hate pinning so much that I generally skip it and just hold the pattern down with one hand while I cut with the other.
I knew I didn't want to take the chance of messing up this pricey fabric, though, so when my mother remembered that my grandmother used to use knives to anchor the pattern instead of pins, I knew I had found a winning solution.
I got out all of our dinner knives and they were perfect for the task. They were heavy enough to hold the pattern down, but much simpler to use than pins.
Since I wanted to make sure to match these plaids, I ended up moving the pieces around quite a bit before cutting, but it was no bother at all because I didn't have to worry about pinning and unpinning.
So, next time you cut out a pattern, don't use pins. Use your dinner knives to hold the pattern in place.
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