I think I may need to start thinking about getting another dress pattern to try out soon. Nothing too complicated, just something a little tougher than the one I've been working on so far. I do have a pattern around her somewhere that I got on ebay last year. It's a 1950s dress pattern for toddlers, but most of the older dress patterns I have expect a level of competence (and maybe sewing common sense) even in "beginning" or "simple" patterns that I don't have yet!
On the other hand I'm continually shocked by the price of sewing patterns! I ordered some of those Vintage Vogue dress patterns back when they were on sale (for $2.99 I think). The website said that they were marked down off of $16.99 (or something like that) for two days. When they arrived they were all marked either $23 or $25 for sale in stores! That's insane! I can't imagine paying $50 for two dress patterns!
I have this vague goal that in the next few months I'll become proficient enough at sewing (this may explain why I've been working at it so much and neglecting my knitting) to sew several of the vintage vogue patterns. In an act of extreme optimism (and to help motivate myself post baby) I'd like to make them in the size 6 pattern size, which was what I was (a while) after I had Sadie... however I'm going to have to find a new source of "okay" quality fabric... because... and this is very sad... Our Walmart is no longer carrying fabric!
I could always count on Walmart for inexpensive, okay quality fabric. Especially since Joann's similar quality fabric seems to think that it's magically become high end stuff and is now selling at $9 a yard most of the time (when did that happen?!?!?). And right next to those higher prices was a small sign that said "chemicals in these fabrics are known by the state of California to cause cancer". What?!?!
And I'm a little disenchanted with expensive fabric right now. I had some very expensive cotton that I'd been saving for years (since before Sadie was born) that I got at a trendy little quilting shop when we were on vacation after we got married. I finally decided to use it for a dress for Sadie (it was originally planned for a quilt).
When I was ironing it I noticed how delicate it felt (maybe not the best choice for a toddlers dress... but since I don't see myself wearing red and white stripes anytime soon... it'll do...). When I started to sew I was horrified (that may be a strong word... but it was close!) because it snagged and made runs across the fabric every few stitches. And what was it snagging on? The sewing needle!
Now I expected stuff like that to happen when I started sewing other materials, but plain old cotton (even plain old cotton that was selling at $12 a yard)?
I was able to smooth it out and it looks fine now... but I have to say, my $2 Walmart prints seem a lot tougher! And while I'd feel great buying seven yards of fabric for a dress for $14, I'd have a problem (and just wouldn't do it at this point in our financial lives... or with my sewing skills...) spending $70 to make a dress at home.
Since Paul was the one who first heard that our Walmart wasn't going to be carrying fabric anymore, I've been grilling him. Is he sure? Was it just during the remodel, or is it permanent? Did he misunderstand the permanent part? Is he sure he didn't misunderstand? Oh yes, I am desperately hopeful that this is all a misunderstanding and that my cutesy holiday fabric will return with new "rolled back" prices.
I would never have believed back in my college days that I would love shopping at Walmart... We bashed Walmart constantly in our poli science classes... any yet these days I find myself telling Paul constantly that the next time we need to go into town I need to go to Walmart... because when you actually pay attention to saving money it just makes sense!