THE LAST BATTLE
A week before the birthday party deadline, I faced my toughest challenge of the project. Installing the zipper. This was extra tough since I had to get in between the outer dress and the bodice lining. It was my first centered zipper, and after much trial and error, I got it right, got it to actually look sort of good, and finally understood the fundamentals of centered zippers. I think I also figured out how my zipper foot is supposed to work, since it looks different from the ones people use in their YouTube "how to" vids.
Speaking of YouTube "how to" videos, it seems like everyone and their mother has their own 'easiest way' to do this, and none of them are very easy to follow because the camera never gets in close enough. However, by watching enough videos and reading enough written instructions and consulting my handy dandy sewing book, I finally put the pieces and laws of physics together concerning centered zippers.
Hercules would be proud.
THE FINAL PRODUCT
Doing the orange ruffles took longer than I thought, but wasn't difficult. I learned all about ruffles way back when I was making that Inara skirt (that has 10 ruffles on, and that's 3 ruffles shy of the actual costume). Sergio was very helpful in making sure that these orange ruffles don't fray.
What do we think? Pretty, isn't it?
THE GIFT BOX
It's all about the presentation!
I would love to show pictures of the party itself, Niece's excitement, and how cute she looked in it. Predictably, it was too big, but that's perfectly fine, as it gives her one to two years of growing in which to enjoy it. However, this is the internet, and Niece is only 3, and her parents are wary of public photos. Understandable!
Lucy and Toby will just have to do their best to supply the cute factor:
And that's a wrap on Project #1! Stay tuned for a post next week all about Project #2 (hint-- it's an old friend, and not really that much of a surprise).