Monday, October 14, 2013
Two Custom Dresses
Now I hate letting a potential sale get away, but even less do I like selling and knowing that the item possibly won't get used, and having an unhappy customer to boot. I gave him a business card and asked him to contact me when he knew their sizes and we could work something out.
Miracle of miracles, a few weeks ago, he called me. He knew the girls' sizes then - and good thing he didn't buy before, because nothing I had that day would have fit them - and he an idea of what he wanted. I suggested that he look at my Etsy shop for ideas on styles and then let me know what he liked, and what colors he thought would work.
When we next spoke, he had very definite ideas. His older niece, size 6, liked pink and purple and all things ruffly girly. His younger niece, size 3, liked green and blue, and was more of a tomboy, although she still liked dresses.
Good enough. I knew from the beginning what fabric I wanted to use for the girly dress. I had a shirt I'd been given years ago that I liked, but which never fit me properly. The buttons gaped in the front, never any woman's best look. The fabric was a detailed geometric floral in pink, purple and brown. I cut it up, constructed the simple shift-style dress he requested, and faced the interior with a tiny brown polka dot. Then I embellished the neckline with three poly chiffon roses.
Last night, I was trying to clean up the workroom and I realized I had some bits left over of that pink / purple floral. Before I knew what hit me, I had grabbed a heart-printed scrubs top, took it apart and constructed yet another dress, this time with accents of the floral print and another chiffon rose front and center. The tiny pockets are mainly for accent, but I thought the hearts needed a little breaking up.
Someday, someone will want pink and purple . . .