Saturday, September 8, 2012

A little white magic


Snippets of a conversation at my place that started about three weeks ago...

DD2:  Mum I'm so excited, I've been invited to [insert name of posh Sydney boy's school] social.
Mum: That's lovely darling, you'll be able to wear your black dress again.
DD2:  But I've worn that twice already.  Everyone is getting new dresses.

One week later at the store...
Mum:  $450, no way
            This one is lovely [pointing to something pink and dainty]
DD2:   Silent [rolling her eyes].  I really like this one.
Mum:  No way, I can't buy a dress that has raw edges and is see through!  I'll make a dress.  It is so simple, I can easily copy it.
DD2:  Why can't I have a new dress.
Mum:  But the dress I make will be new

Three days later at the fabric store...
DD2:  Don't expect me to be enthusiastic about anything you show me.
Mum:  [private thoughts] Spoiled brat, where did you get this sense of entitlement.

A few days later...
DD2:  You're going to Melbourne...on business...for three days...but what about my dress?
Mum: [private thoughts] I'm an idiot, why didn't I give in to her.

Two nights to go...
DD2:  Are you ever going to finish my dress
Mum:  Of course I will, have I ever let you down [private thoughts] maybe I'll have to do an all nighter.

The night of the party...
DD2's friend:  I lOVE your dress.  Where did you get it?
DD2:  My Mum made it.
friend:  Your Mum is amazing!

Amazing?..I'm not so sure, but certainly capable of a little white magic!  DD's dress is a copy of a dress by Australian designers Maurie and Eve  that was selling for $250.  While pretty, the original had poorly finished seams and was completely unlined - requiring a slip or the audacity to go out looking like a hooker.  This version is in white crinkle chiffon, lined with white silk.  It isn't perfect, in my near midnight delirium I made the skirt a little tighter than I wanted and it rides up.  But it made my DD2 happy and that is what being a mother is all about.

28 comments:

  1. You are amazing! The dress is just gorgeous (pretty and modest enough to satisfy Mum and cute and short enough to satisfy a teenager) and so is your daughter.

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  2. Oh yes, another amazing Mum! It looks great (as does your daughter too). You must feel very satisfied as well as tired! (Many beautiful young daughters getting sewn goods from amazing Mums this week on the sewing blog world!)

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  3. Only a daughter can get away with this ;)
    She looks lovely, and your daughter's friend is right - you are amazing (and I hope not too tired).

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  4. Wow Gail! YOur daughter and the dress are gorgeous.What pattern did you use? Oh, and you're an amazing mum.

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  5. She looks lovely! Congratulations on finishing it! And accept the compliment, you deserve it!

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  6. She looks gorgeous in her new dress. You are an amazing mum indeed!

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  7. Simply amazing! Your daughter looks wonderful in that gorgeous dress! I loved reading the dialogue as well -- so funny!

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  8. What a great dress. It looks positively luxe! And your daughter is beautiful. Well done!!! And on time constraints too. I might have failed at this terribly myself. Kudos!

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  9. Been there, done that! What we won't do for our daughters! LoL... gotta love 'em!

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  10. "Little White (Magic) Dress"! Love it. Really nice job, Mum! She looks radiant.

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  11. What a great dress (I love that it's white and it suits your lovely daughter so well!) and what a great date, too! This is why some people only sew for themselves, but I think your story - and the result - is worth it!

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  12. I laughed all the way through this post then showed it to my DD who laughed too. we've so been there. Love the dress BTW.

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  13. Fabulous dress by an amazing seamstress!

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  14. Great job, your daughter looks stunning in the dress. Did you draft it or use a pattern, I really like the style.

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  15. It's a great dress and she looks gorgeous! Is that a corsage? In Australia??

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  16. Wow! This is fabulous. You've done an amazing job. No wonder she looks so happy. You're amazing!

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  17. Well done super mum! It's a great dress and your daughter looks gorgeous.

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  18. Wow- my Mother...ok, be nice. This is lovely and amazing- as are you and your daughter.

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  19. Lucky, lucky daughter and lucky you. You're creating some incredible memories for this young woman that I'm sure she will pass on to her daughter one day.

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  20. Wow! Wonderful dress and your daughter looks fabulous.

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  21. Bless the moms who sew! The dress is so pretty.

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  22. Gorgeous dress for your daughter and amazing Mum.

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  23. You are a wonderful mom. Your daughter looks beautiful in the dress you made for her.

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  24. Been there, done that! And then they only wear it once! Your daughter looks lovely and you did a great job.

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  25. MUITO BOM TAMBÉM SOU AMADORA NA ARTE DA COSTURA ATÉ MAIS

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  26. You are awesome! And your daughters dress is amazing satisfying both of you.

    Gail, I have a blog award for you. If you are not into blog awards please don't feel obliged.

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