It was coupon commotion over at JoAnn's recently so I took the girlie one and we looked at patterns. Yes, that's right, I took her with me. Our daughter is what one would politely call opinionated. Others might call her very, very, very, very, stubborn and unyielding. So my husband thought it best to bring her along to avoid her younger cousins getting some handmedowns in mint condition. Admittedly, a wise precaution.
So we looked at patterns to decide what "shape" dress we wanted. I pretty much go on the theory that if I say it enough times I can brainwash my kids. I did not want her thinking we were making the dress in the picture so I talked plenty about choosing a shape. We managed to agree on two patterns. She loved the hunt to find the patterns in the drawers, especially with the added excitement of the number labels on the drawer front being only a jumping off point rather than an accurate account of what was in the drawer.
Then we were off to fabric. I showed her the back of the pattern that lists what kind of fabrics work with the pattern. And I reminded her as we walked past the taffeta and chiffon and fleece and terry cloth. We made our way to the cotton and went immediately to pink and purple.
You know the fabric that you see and just wonder how it came to be made? The stuff that is so much too much that there's a whole bolt sitting on the shelf? Well, apparently it was made for four year old girls. After what felt like eternity, we managed to compromise. I think I won a bit more ground on the purple which makes up for the ground I lost on the pink.
We came home with a bright pink with decent sized white polka dots; think Minnie Mouse. The purple is a medium value with a smaller white floral.
In the parking lot on the way out she told me she wanted to wear the pink dress when we got home. I told her it wasn't ready. The next morning she woke up and told me she wanted to wear the pink dress to church. I had to tell her again I hadn't made it yet. Same thing yesterday. And again today. I'm noticing a pattern forming.