So, I was shopping around for a b-day gift for my baby sister... and I saw a dress - SO CUTE! Little cotton v-neck sundress with the most adorable pattern on the skirt bottom. And then the inevitable happened... I thought - "Hey! I could MAKE that!" and therein begins... the madness.
I happened upon a little cotton sundress of the same basic style at Walmart for only TWELVE DOLLARS! (Yep - that's right, $12. Did I mention the inspiration dress was priced at approx $65? Just sayin.) and I snapped one up in her size. Home I went, giddy with my bargain shopping and totally sure of my brand new (like 4-5 stencils under my belt) freezer-paper stencilling technique. I am a goddess of craft! I proclaimed to myself... see - insanity is building.
So I settled on drawing a beautiful little filagree type pattern, totally similar to a wallpaper in my house. The original pattern looked like this:
This shouldn't be too hard, I thought. So I started cutting. And then it dawned on me. In order to make this pattern appear on the dress... all the little PIECES were what I needed. So, I developed a system. A crazy, maniacal numbering system. Like this:
And then I really started cutting... and saving - teeny tiny pieces of freezer paper with little numbers on them and "K" for Keep... y'know, in case I totally lost my mind and had no idea why I was keeping all these scraps.
And somehow... just, somehow, I managed to get them onto the dress:
And then - paint!
After waiting patiently (yeah right) for the paint to dry, I peeled off all those teeny tiny stupid ridiculous pieces of freezer paper and was rewarded with this!
Now, some people (sane people) would stop here. They'd pat themselves on the back and say "Job well done you! Have a drink, relax! You've earned it!" But not me. No, the madness has fully taken hold at this point. I look at it and say "It's beautiful! It needs more!!! Mwah ha ha ha ha!" And so I rework the initial pattern for the sides (because of course by now that's not good enough) and onwards we go.
(^notice the little "R" for Right? Yeah, totally lost my mind at this point)
Now at this point, you must be saying "Great! I'm sure she stopped here... I mean, really, who wouldn't?" I'll tell you who wouldn't. Me. That's who. Yup, I stared at that beautiful little number and thought... what a great looking little dress. So cute! That neckline's awfully plain though... and here we go - I even folded for symmetry!
And finally, finally the dress lept up off the ironing board and said "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! STOP IT! I'M DONE!"
And you know what? She was right:
So there you have it. The madness that is half of my baby sister's b-day gift. She'll be turning 23 this Thursday. Now, if I can only finish the other half. A scallop/shell knit wrap that I thought I'd just whip up. Yeah... I know what you're thinking... I know. I know.
Thanks for looking! C&C ALWAYS welcome.