Tuesday, April 06, 2010

There Was A Little Girl With A Curl In Her Hair.......



Seven year old grand daughter, the Divine Miss S, has been taking music lessons. They are coming to an end soon, and there is to be a recital, which is generating a lot of excitement under those golden curls, and, naturally, necessitating a new dress. I volunteered to make it. It's been a while since I last made her a dress. It gets complicated, what with her being a few thousand miles away, and growing constantly, not to mention that young ladies of seven, these days, have very specific opinions on the subject of dresses. The grown-ups and the Divine Miss S do not necessarily have the same taste, so I decided it was wisest to get suggestions from Herself.

She picked four patterns.

Dress # 1: her favourite, had a skirt made of tiered flounces, which initially made me flinch. On closer inspection, I saw that it was classified as "Easy." If I decided on dress #1 she would like it, if possible, in ocean blue with a dark lavender ribbon around the waist and a bow/flower of the same colour.

Dress #2:If dress #1 made me flinch, dress #2 made me cower in terror. It was a frothy little number that looked like a miniature wedding dress! It had short sleeves and ruffles, and Miss S fancied it in pink and green polka dots, if possible.

Dress #3: To my delight, this was a dress I would have chosen for her if left to my own devices! It was a classic shape, with short sleeves and a gathered skirt, a sash around the waist with an optional flower pinned to the bow. If I chose this option Miss S would like it to be white with red polka dots, a dark pink ribbon at the waist. And a red rose. She would like the length of this dress to be mid-calf.

Dress #4: A simple sundress style with spaghetti straps and a long skirt. If I decided on this one she would like it in yellow with an orange belt...

I hied me to the fabric store.

The pattern for dress #2 was out of stock. Whew! Sigh of relief. Likewise for dress #4. Patterns for #1 and #3 were available. Now for the fabric. As much as Miss S seemed enamored of polka dots, there were none in evidence, so I crossed my fingers and bought white cotton with little red cherries.

The Divine Miss S is very particular and knows what she likes. But she assured me on the telephone that she would understand if I couldn't find exactly these fabrics. I just hope visions of frothy wedding gowns are not dancing in her cute, curly head. I mailed it yesterday. She should have it tomorrow, several days before the big day. Time enough to rush to the after-Easter sales if it's not up to expectations. But, with luck, it won't come to that!

Now if I could devise a method of wiggling my nose and magically arriving at that recital.....

15 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Ah! The hidden talents of Miss Molly! How brave to sew for a model who is so far away. The dress is BEAUTIFUL -- I hope she loves it!!!

Stomper Girl said...

Molly it is gorgeous! I predict she will love it and that it will make her the star of the recital too.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It's a beautiful dress and perfect for a virtuoso performance !!
But now you'll have to sew the spaghetti strap number in dayglo yellow with frills and sequins for her next appearance .

riseoutofme said...

I wish I had you for a granny.

Ali Honey said...

If she plays as well as you have sewn that will be amazing. Well done Molly . It is very beautiful.
Could they video it for you?

peppermintpatcher said...

Oh my goodness! It is divine and certain to be loved.

persiflage said...

It looks beautiful and an impressive piece of work, (speaking as someone who has not yet sewed a stitch with her new sewing machine). I am sure we all expect a photo of granddaughter IN the dress.

Friko said...

it is a divine little number, hugely suitable for a divine young lady giving her first recital.

Warty Mammal said...

It's beautiful. Looks immaculate. You've done a spectacular job.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

SO SO SO SO SOOOOOO *SO* CUTE!!!!


;D

Can't wait to hear about the performance!


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Pauline said...

such a lovely recital dress! wish you could be there, too!

Meggie said...

It is divine! I am sure she loves it!

The Lass said...

Wow, I LOVE the dress!! There are so many nice summer things waiting to be made for the Munchkin's wardrobe, I just hope I can make a few of them before summer actually arrives.

Julie's journey said...

Late as usual (me not you). The dress is gorgeous and your granddaughter is so lucky to have you. Amazing woman!

silfert said...

*I* would wear that, if I weren't twice the gal I used to be...