When I started doing monthly posts for Dear Lillie last summer I made a promise to keep my topics of choice "somewhat related to the general theme of the blog." In keeping with that promise, I decided to try my hand at a little crafting this month. What I thought would take about five minutes wound up taking three days... and still ended up looking like it took only five minutes.
So here is my attempt at a Pajama Dress tutorial... Please keep in mind though that I have never used a sewing machine before (unfortunately I guess I can't really say that anymore).
STEP 1 - FIND FABRIC
Just Jenni's taste...
Lillie, of course, had to go with Dora.
STEP 2 - TRACE TWO OUTLINES
My right hand was apparently crippled in the outlining process...
STEP 3 - CUT OUTLINES
At this point Lillie and I found ourselves a bit overworked and decided take the rest of the day off.
Little did I know Lillie would want to take turns cutting... Expect this step to take at least an hour if your "helper" is equally interested in "helping."
STEP 4 - PIN SIDES
Lillie was actually surprisingly good at this.
STEP 5 - POSE WITH A PIN WAY TOO CLOSE TO YOUR FACE
STEP 6 - SEW EDGES
Jumping up and down on the foot pedal continuously makes things interesting.
No one says it has to be perfect, Lillie.
STEP 7 - REALIZE YOU SEWED THE ENTIRE DRESS SHUT
Apparently when Jenni said "now sew all the edges" I was supposed to know that meant to leave holes for Lillie's arms, legs, and head. Rookie mistake.
STEP 8 - HAVE A WOMAN EXPLAIN HOW TO FIX IT
STEP 9 - TURN DRESS INSIDE IN
Clearly Lillie had lost interest by now, at which point I realized I was just at Jenni's house making a dress by myself--awkward.
STEP 10 - PHOTOSHOP SOME EXTRA LENGTH ONTO THE DRESS
STEP 11 - PRETEND IT TURNED OUT WELL
So yeah, it looks like something a Flintstone might wear when dressing down, but at least we tried...