February 27, 2013

amme, can you make an orange dress?

"of course i can, little dear."

The idea was simple.. On the last thursday of every month, her class has a color dress day. This month, the color was orange.  She has no orange clothes. What can i do but make her one?

She chose the fabric, among the four(!) oranges i had.
she chose the design off the computer, because her mom is cool like that.

she waited patiently for me to measure her, but i used one of her existing dresses for measurement. (much easier tracing) wow! the skirt of that dress uses four times the fabric of the bodice! (wastage of perfectly good fabric.. grumble grumble.. but look how well it twirls.. mm hmm.. )

but amme, you did not use that blue thing! what? oh.. tape measure. so i act like i am taking a few measurements.  the satisfied customer runs away to watch Dora..

Then i cut out the skirt part,  traced the bodice off the other dress, made facing and things like that.. she said, amme, i want ties at the sides! hmm the customer is demanding, what can the tailor do.. cut off some length from the skirt portion, to make the sash. (Oh! but then, the skirt is too short! no worries, attach a handy dandy ruffled lace to the edge! see, no hemming, but end result looks like I went a few hundred extra miles!)

Then..creativity calls. Is the dress too orangey? Needs something.. (lightbulb) Why don't I use the flower lace I  have kept rolled up since I bought it five years ago?  (but then handstitching each of them... ) Why? just use a drop of fabric glue to attach them!

and ta da! a new dress is born. 

now to wait till she gets home, to try it on..
adding the results:

 One Happy Customer!

(be still, my heart. you know it is not so easy to make them so glad,  once they grow up!)


  1. Lovely little orange dress :) ANd she looks so happy to pose too !!

    1. thanks Diya, she was really happy with it. She is a nautanki, loves to pose :)

  2. wow...awesome Jaya...dress looks as precious as your daughter...

    1. Thanks, Nima. she loves it, and what could be more joyful to me than my litte one wanting to wear a dress i made :)


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