Apparently Bill Gates said, "I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job... because he will find an easy way to do it". So, how do I apply for a job at Microsoft? Because after completing this project I feel my chances are pretty good!
It all began when I decided to make a winter version of the Norah dress. I had some cute corduroy that in my opinion was perfect for this project. It is difficult to put R's opinion in words because she did not say anything when I showed her this fabric. She just took it out of my hands, gave it a big hug and ran to put it in her wardrobe where she keeps all her favourite fabric from my stash. It was safe to assume she liked it.
I have never installed an exposed zipper before. So I did what any lazy person in my position would do. I turned to the Almighty Internet for help. I mostly used this tutorial. I decided to topstitch around the zipper and I also added a zip guard on the inside of the dress so that the zipper would not rub against my daughter's skin. As any lazy person would do, right?
R enlisted a new photo-shoot assistant. Yes she is heavily into How to train your dragon at the moment. She already has a few toy dragons and I am pleased to report they seem to be settling in very well with her cars and dinosaurs.
The Norah dress has semi-lined bodice. In order to accommodate the zipper guard I changed the original lining and only used facing around the neckline. Being the lazy person that I am I could not imagine pressing the facing into place after every wash, so I understitched it.
When I showed the dress to R she literally squealed with joy! She instantly started pointing out all the flowers and birds. She did ask me if there were pockets. I told her I did not want to add pockets because they would have covered up flowers and birds. Surprisingly she was satisfied with my explanation.
This dress has already been worn a few times. It is super comfortable, perfect for young dragon trainers who cannot miss an opportunity to jump off the park benches!
So this is the story of how I learned a new technique because I was too lazy to match the print. Phew! I am so glad it worked!