Help! I'm having garment sewing anxiety.
No, I'm not creating an elaborate Halloween costume. I've just found out that Gracie's part in the middle school play is going to require a dress that looks something like this. Guess who has to find and buy OR make one.
Kill. Me. Now.
Can you imagine what the parents who don't own a sewing machine are feeling right now? Because, truthfully, I've got skills, y'all, and I'm ready to start breathing into a paper bag. I can't imagine what the non-crafty people are thinking. Probably planning an elaborate family vacation to Tahiti that will unfortunately conflict with the performances. Or cuddling with flu victims.
I do not do clothes. I do not hem pants and can hardly be bothered to sew on a button. I won't make you new drapes or a baby bedding set. I certainly have never made a body-hugging princess dress out of what promises to be slippery, fraying fabric that feels nothing like my beloved cotton.
Seriously? The very first problem is the whole sizing thing. Whose body lines up perfectly under one of those columns? Not mine, for sure. Even my darling daughter, whose body is still a lot a straight lines, has measurements that travel not only along different sizes but different patterns completely! (She's too tall for the AA, though she is not even close to the tallest girl in her class.) Does that mean we're all going to have to buy both patterns and somehow make it work?
Tim Gunn, where art thou? I need some advice!
If anyone has input on how to figure out what size to make this *%$^@#$ dress, leave a comment. I will be eternally in your debt.