Thanks to hand-me-downs from sisters and cousins and the occasional thing I can’t resist buying, Rose has a lot of dresses, and Hazel has almost double what Rose has. But Mabel is starting to be a size where I find fewer tempting things to buy for her, and I don’t find time to sew for her even though I’d like to, or when I start to I find out all my patterns and yardages are for smaller sizes. So Mabel has very few dressy things.
Dean’s dad is getting married tomorrow so I thought that was a good impetus to make Mabel a new dress to wear to the wedding. I made a good start on the dress earlier this week, and then tonight I told myself that if I can sometimes stay up until 2 AM just reading stuff on the internet, I could surely stay up that late sewing for Mabel.
But I had had an idea for an embellishment that ended up taking a long time to do, and now that that’s finally done, most of the actual sewing still isn’t done. We don’t have to leave tomorrow until early afternoon, but I think I’d probably better not even try to finish in the morning, since we do need to get the other kids ready and, you know, eat breakfast. Also, my 2 AM theory didn’t properly take into account the fact that I seem to be coming down with a cold. Also, I hate sewing under duress. And I’d be all the more disappointed if I got closer to finishing tomorrow, but still didn’t. (And I don’t want to just sew the main seams and safety pin the closure and tape the hem, because I don’t want the raw edges to get stretched out.)
I did tell Mabel I might not get it done, and she was still excited to get a new dress even if not by tomorrow, so I guess I’m the only one who’s having a hard time letting it go.
But then I wrote a blog post and that helped me let it go. Going, going, gone. At least the dress will almost certainly be done in time for Mabel to wear it on Sunday.
P.S. The funny thing is that I rarely ever pull late nights sewing any more. I got cured the time that I wanted to finish a dress for my niece in time to mail it the next morning, so I stayed up all night sewing and then could barely stay awake for the ten-minute drive to the post office the next day, and even had to nap in my car after I shipped the package before I could make it safely home. So I gave up late-night sewing. Now if I can just give up late-night reading and late nights on the internet, I’ll be healthy and wealthy and wise.