Saturday, April 9, 2011

Flower Power And The Talent Show

Do you ever find a fabric that you love so much,
that you are terrified to cut into it?

For me, that fabric
was Loopy Vintage Floral 
from Jennifer Paganelli's Flower Power line.

Oh my!

I had ordered it from Myrinda, at
The Fabric Hound
over a year ago!

But, you see, Ahnalin had auditioned  
for the school talent show. 

And she NEEDED a new outfit!

And of course, when she "went shopping"
in my fabrics, 
I could not really say "NO!"

So, I cut into the fabric.

And I am so glad I did.

You see, she had decided to sing
"Castle On A Cloud"
from Les Miserables. 

And the last time she had performed
this song had been for
"Showstoppers", which was 18 months ago.
And in her mind, she had to wear the same 
style outfit.
So, that meant another
peasant blouse, jumper dress
and pantaloons.

But the last outfit did not
have pockets, so I decided to add some special 
pockets this time.
These treasure pockets were what I 
showed you in the "Sneaky Peaky".

I also added some vintage rickrack in 
the exact color of gold of the flowers and 
butterflies in the print.

And yes, I bound the seams in
the contrasting color of the same print.

Ahnalin will not wear "tutus", 
which is what she calls tulle of any kind,
unless she is performing in a ballet recital.
So, she asked that I make a big ruffle on her
blouse so it would make the dress full.
I love the look of the blouse over the pantaloons.

And I love her. 

We managed to find ballet flats
in the exact color of fuchsia at Walmart
for $7.00 and the hat....Target Dollar Spot!

So, you are probably wondering what these
pictures have to do with the talent show, right?

Well, you see......

I wanted some nice pictures of the outfit
once it was finished........
and the talent show was Friday night.....

And the dress WAS NOT FINISHED!!!!

So, I sewed her into the dress last night,
without buttons and buttonholes,
and bribed her with "feeding the ducks"
to get the photos today now that it is finally done.

Here she was, nervously waiting for the show to start.

Now, let me preface this video by saying
that she had rehearsed the song with Daddy
playing on the piano at home and did beautifully!
But the school only had a little keyboard that was 
not hooked up to the sound system. 
She could not hear the music.

But, my beautiful girl bravely
 asked to start the song over.

I apologize that you will hear
my voice trying to help her find the key.
I did not realize I was doing it,
but I am SO PROUD of my baby for doing her
best, even with difficult sound and not
being able to hear her Daddy play.
She eventually found her way in the song
and finished strong.

I am so so so proud of my little one.
And I am so happy that I finally got
up the nerve to cut into this beloved,
beautiful fabric.
My beloved, beautiful girl wears it so well.

Thank you for indulging me with
all these pictures. 
I won't even tell you how many I took!

Happy Sewing!


Colleen said...

What a beautiful dress! I looove the pockets!
Such a brave girl to sing! She did a terrific job! Tell her that her "Auntie" all the way across the country says congratulations!

Jan M said...

The perfect use for a very sweet and special dress! Adore the pockets! The ruffle on the blouse is a wonderful idea, too.
Your little performer did a great job. I bet she could feel some of your love and pride in all those stitches.

Anonymous said...

Adorable dress and even more adorable girl! Great job, both of you! :D

Anonymous said...

Daddy and I listened to the video this morning. Of course we think we did a great job. So proud of her. Of course she is surrounded by the "Talented Parish Family"!! The entire outfit is GREAT! Proud of you also our darling Sivje. Love you all.

Tabitha O. said...

I LOVE LoVE LOVE Her song, great job!!! and yes the outfit is beautiful too thanks for sharing all the details!

Julia said...

She looks beautiful and even though she couldn't hear the music, she did a great job. I would have run off the stage crying if that had happened to me. You have reason to be proud.

Cole's Corner said...

I also have a hard time cutting into fabrics I love. I'm trying to get better at that.

I love her talent show outfit!
What a brave little soul to get up there like that!

Anonymous said...

She did such a great job singing! I can see why you're so proud. What a confident baby girl! & of course, your dress is fab. Love your new header too. I try and try to find one I like and have yet to do. Yours is perfect.

Shannon said...

She's absolutely beautiful and so is the dress! Those fabrics are gorgeous and perfect for the outfit!

Crys said...

That is gorgeous! So bright and spring like. I am always so impressed with your sewing. Thanks for sharing.

Jaime said...

Hi there,
Just passing through. I saw your comment on another handmade dress site and wanted to pass along a giveaway that's going on on my blog for a SUPER cute pattern.
Just though I would let you know.
Fun blog! Sorry for the random comment!