Thursday, March 27, 2014

I almost chickened out.

This little skirt is the birthday gift that almost wasn't.

Those chickens... the eggy polka dots... the sweet little underskirt. Adorable, right?

Well those chickens almost didn't make it any further than the UFO pile.

Let me tell you a little story...

Miss C. was invited to a school friend's birthday party a few weeks back. I knew I wanted to make a skirt for the birthday girl, so I started hunting through my stash for something cute and girly. I had almost settled on a striped aqua print when I noticed these cute chickens peeking out of a pile of studio scraps that I'd purchased from JAQS Fabrics not too long ago. Amazingly, there was a full half yard cut in there. Score!

Remembering that the birthday girl's family owns chickens, I gave myself a hearty pat on the back for my genius fabric find and started sewing. The kids, of course, were asleep for the night so I didn't consult with Miss C. on my fabric choice like I usually do.

By the end of the evening I had the skirt sewn, raw edges serged and the casing ready for the elastic. All I needed to do was show Miss C., measure the elastic against her waist and check the sizing on her once the elastic was inserted.

What could possibly go wrong?

Here's how our conversation went the next morning:

Me: "Morning, C.! I made a skirt for A.'s birthday last night, check it out."
C: "It's very pretty, Mommy!"
Me: "Thanks! Do you remember that A.'s family has chickens at their house? I thought she might like the chickens on this fabric since she loves her chickens."
C: "Oh... that's good, Mommy... because their dog ate all the chickens."
Me: "WHAAAAAAAA????? The dog killed the chickens???? This is bad! I can't give her a chicken skirt!"
C: "Don't worry, Mommy. It's a good thing. Really!"

The party was this past Saturday. Of course, the million dollar question is, "Did you give her the skirt?"

Yep! I debated it in my head all the way to school, even planned out some alternate fabric choices. The birthday girl's mother wasn't at drop-off, but I confessed shared the story with another mother and she assured me that the family was going to be getting more chickens in the future after some thorough dog-proofing of the coop.

Whew! Crisis averted. 

Oh, and the birthday girl (and her mother) loved the skirt.

10 comments:

  1. The skirt is adorable and miss C is a very clever girl! :-)

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    1. Thank you! It made for a funny story, but there was definitely a moment of panic when she first told me what happened to those poor chickens!

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  2. Oh, dear! That's a funny story. I LOVE the skirt. Too cute!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! It's pretty funny to look back on that moment. Thank goodness she wasn't traumatized by it!

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  3. Haha! It's adorable. I can totally feel your horror though. Good thing kids are resilient =)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the story and the skirt. :) And you're right - it's so easy to forget how resilient kids are.

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  4. What a fun skirt! The colours and patterns are absolutely delightful. The yellow fabric with the white circles reminds me of Easter eggs and egg yolks. It was all meant to be.How Perfect. Birthday girl must have been thrilled!

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    1. Oh, I hadn't thought about the eggy quality of that yellow print! You are so right!!

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  5. HA HA HA HA!!!! that's priceless! what a darling skirt, i'm sure that little girl adored it!

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    1. I figured you'd appreciate that story! It's been fun to tell it to friends and family. xoxo

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