I am fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom. Having also been a working mom at one point, the notion of being a SAHM was a novelty to me before it was my reality. I can say now that there is nothing novel about it. It is a thankless, endless, tiring, at times disgusting and lovely and beautiful thing to do. My mother was a hard working executive, and so my idea of staying at home was based solely on t.v. moms... moms that wore fabulous dresses and heels while baking and singing to their children. Although my actual life does not mimic this ideal even a little, I have a penchant for fantasy and a flair for the dramatic. It was from these notions that I decided to make my very own t.v. mom dress. A retro number that I would put on with heels and an apron and flit about in my kitchen to the delight of my husband and pride of my children. I only wear heels for blog photo shoots and funerals, however, so the flitting bit would naturally be short-lived. I decided on McCall's 6891 by Palmer and Pletsch.
This pattern had a great sleeve option for a long sleeve with a roll-up buttoned fastener. I liked that for the transitional season. Here's a detail:
I think I could make this work for real life if I shortened the hem by a couple of inches, put a cardi over the top, and maybe some rockin boots. I don't hate it, it's just not what I was envisioning. In the end, it really is hard to hate a dress that fits well.
When I showed my husband the finished product, he said I looked like "that chick on the war poster." He was right. It was straight up Rosie the Riveter. Since I finished this on Halloween, my long-suffered shirt dress became a costume. Is it weird that my everyday clothes also work for costumes? Never mind. I whipped up a red and white polka dot head scarf, penciled in some 40's brows, and voila!
Four of the six trick-or-treaters I had were tweens. They loved my costume. Maybe. But since I only had six trick-or-treaters, I let them take handfuls of candy from the bowl to get rid of it. Its hard to say to what I could attribute their praise.
I learned a great deal while fitting and sewing this dress, and I think I can make it work. I don't know if I'll make another one, but it was a valuable experience nonetheless.