These are the words coming out of the mouth of my five year old during snack the other day. Now I get the seriousness of a pinkie promise, but I don't understand the eternal purgatory that must be endured if one is broken.
"You must never ever break a pinkie promise," she says in a hushed whisper. "That would be very bad."
So you can imagine my incredulity when she calmly explained that I was to sew her new best friend the most beautiful gown ever.
"Makenna, why would you promise something like that."
"Because if I didn't, she would cry."
Of course. She would cry. The infalliblity of five year old logic. So I come to school the next day and the little girl had drawn a rudimentary sketch of the aforementioned princess gown, complete with matching head band and little blue sparkly shoes. It just about killed me, so I did what any self respecting mom would do, I busted out my measuring tape, took some quick notes on essential measurements, and went to work.
Fortunately I've learned enough about sewing in the last couple years that kids are nearly as picky as adults and as long as it's sparkly, they aren't going to care if the seams are a little wonky. I decided to just draft my own pattern and wing it. This is what I came up with. Working with fake polyster sateen was not my favorite but the shirring was fun and when faced with a heavy hit of steam, it crinkled up just perfectly and in a much satisfying way. How can you not love elastic thread!
Although a little tricky to get into, the design offers sizing flexibility in the bodice so I'm sure she will wear it out long before she outgrows it. She insisted on the white sash with a flower attached of course, but I decided to not attach it so when the mood struck she could go for a more simplistic look. The front and back are interchangeable, I like the front with the faux laced bodice facing. But I also think it looks equally as nice with the shirring in the front accompanied with the sash and flower.
Ok, enough rambling. But I will admit I got a certain amount of girly satisfaction making this. Although it did cost me 30 bucks and about 8 hours of my time, a pinkie promise is indeed a pinkie promise. My curse, is that my girls would like their own gowns as well. Sparkly gowns unite. What joy it would be to be a five year old girl again, if only for a day. BTW..if anyone wants any tips on making their very own multifunctional princess dress it was surprisingly easy, drop me a line and I'll walk you through it.