From Curtains to Formal Dress
Ever move 7 times in 14 years and keep all the curtains because they might look right in your next house? There’s a chance you will repaint, yet another house, the exact same color as your last one. You may luck out and get a “standard” window size so these curtain panels will totally still be relevant? No? It’s just me?
Well, I’ve recently decided that is absurd and I need to purge these dang panels. I put them in a pile. The pile sat and sat. There are embroidered sheers, white sheers, shantung that came with the newest house, etc.
But they are all nice fabrics…. and curtains/houses aside… I have a thing for fabric. HA- that “thing” may have its own 12 step program, but still.
I also have an 8th grader who breaks the mold. She had an 8th grade formal coming up and I pitched the idea to her. What if we went all Project Runway and made a dress? Lets start simple, stitch something easy, and work up to the unconventional or avant garde challenge for another time. She went for it.
Together we went through a the patterns tub I have in my sewing room. Decided to go with this super basic dress. The pattern is dated 1995, so I’m not so sure you can still get it. But maybe.
I wanted to make the dress, only, on the right hand side. She wanted sleeves because she feared getting kicked out of the dance for dress code violations. So we added the jacket sleeves to the tank dress. Laid the embroidered sheer curtain, over the maroon curtain, kept it short and left the sleeves sheer. The sleeve hems even have a little maroon binding around the edges. Cute little detail.
Turns out most girls at the dance were wearing minty green, spaghetti straps and lots of sheer long skirts over solid mini-skirts. (Soooo not in dress code, btw.) She was so happy to have something different. She told me that she even told her friends “Yeah, my mom made this out of curtains.” Um. Ok. Kinda thought we were keeping that on the down-low, but ok. She tells me, “Nah, its cool because people don’t just make things anymore.”
Recycle, repurpose right? This dance was going green… er… maroon.
<<<Now, are you picturing the scene in the Sound of Music when Maria makes all the children new clothes from the draperies? Are you singing My Favorite Things in your head while you read?>>>
Since it is a cute little short dress, I still have LOADS of curtains left. I don’t think I have the will power to actually purge them. What if there’s a Winter Formal in 9th grade??