30 March 2006

Poor Princess



This is the culmination of 48 hours of stress. It was worth it, and as it turns out the poor embarrassed teacher who had offered us a mob cap as the dregs of the dressing up cupboard had, rather sweetly, worried about whether Daughter, of all his class, would be the one without an outfit. When he asked her on Tuesday whether we had found anything, my good little girl did as we discussed and simply said, truthfully, "Yes thank you, a curtain and two pillowcases."

He was effusive in his praise, which was lovely and awkward, all at once.



There is much more to sewing that being able to picture a shape, and I failed to realise that the good curtain fabric which made the bustle/bum roll holding her skirt out would, after half an hour or so of wear, warm up and stretch. By the time she went into class her poor little mock backside was heading towards her knees.


Still, in honour of Mr Leigh, the kind teacher who had the headmaster in tow and was muttering things about the press having been invited, but still looked so genuinely pleased for daughter that she wasn't odd-one-out, here he is with the teaching assistants. It looks like its going to be a fun day!

18 comments:

doris said...

I want to swear .... that's f*cking fantastic. I am gob smacked and impressed beyond belief. Oh yess a curtain and two pillowcases indeed! Looks like you've gone to some costumiers and hired something.

I am so pleased for you all and your daughter looks a princess.

I bow down in your honour. I give way to your impressive skills. Impressive.

doris said...

I've just realised you can click on your photos and see them bigger and in more detail. You see I haven't finished commenting yet .... you did that all by making up the pattern? And did you use the Woolies sewing machine - it worked? Amazing.

Stegbeetle said...

Say wow! *forms orderly queue behind Doris to bow & scrape*
We are not worthy!
The sewing machine held up alright then?

Cheryl said...

The bottom hems came with the curtain & pillowcase as bought - thank heavens. The bodice is hemmed with wonderweb (God bless the inventor of that stuff) but yes, piping, sleeves,& cuffs went in using the woolies mini machine :-)

Ally said...

Yes, it's *wonderful*. You are dead clever! And if I was daughter, I would be wanting to wear it every day :).

doris said...

Was it a good day? Has she gone to bed happy and satisfied? Do tell :-)

Badaunt said...

My god that is BEAUTIFUL! (And so is daughter.)

Miss Cellania said...

You did a wonderful job! She looks SO good in that lovely costume. I'm sure she will treasure it at least until she outgrows it! Pat yourself on the back.

ME Strauss said...

Those are gorgeous. I never had anything so lovely when I was a kid. Wow! Just Wow!

Le laquet said...

By the time she went into class her poor little mock backside was heading towards her knees ~ lolol! Poor bugger, but she looks fabulous!

fineartist said...

oh my gaaaaaaaa, what Doris said, and, well, I haven't read the other comments yet, because I am absolutely freaking out, that gown is beautiful beyond words and impressive and as usual you sent me into peals of laughter with the bum roll description. and man her teacher is good looking, yes, he is....grrrr, handsome bag o' man candy that one. Bit wooly too.

Little daughter is an absolute doll, that complexion, those huge eyes, that smile, all shine.

I'm so darned tickled. xxx, Lo

Abby said...

What a lovely outfit! I had my son as a mouse in BOok week a few weeks ago. I made some mousey ears out of some tights and pipe cleaners and thought they were pretty cool, but your daughter's outfit is much better! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I will follow yours with interest.

ella m. said...

That looks like it came from a prop costume house rather than a pillow case and curtains.....quite the talent you have there, because the costume looks really amazing.

Library Lady said...

WOW!

She looks absolutely darling, and what a lucky little girl to have a mother who can sew like that!

I've made medieval costumes since college--they're basic and easy. But Tudor takes real sewing skills that I just don't have.

I am awed and jealous. To heck with the kids--I want an outfit like that for ME!

Cori said...

Very Clever! Looks super great!
*WOW- she's crafty too!*

Annie said...

Amazing! My ex MIL used to laugh at me because I couldn't machine a straight line! The dress looks fantastic!

jane said...

damn Cheryl, that dress is beautiful. And you just stitched this thing together???? Never in all of my years could I even hope to sew that well. I bet your daughter was the best dressed princess by far.

TLC said...

I am NOT worthy. Woman, that's IMpressive!!

(found via your T13 about stuff on your desk)