Though I seem to repeat myself time and time again that I am not much of a “pink” person, I am a girlie-girl on a ridiculous level. Alice wants her room painted pink? Pink bubble mower? Nope. But tempt me with an all-day Disney Princess marathon and I’m yours. Whether it is an extension of my love for all things Disney World, my incredible nerdiness or my denial that dude, I’m like, an actual grownup now; who knows. What remains is this; if I could dress up as Tiana from the Princess in the Frog on Tuesday and rock out Anna’s coronation gown on Wednesday (and have it be an accepted social norm), I’d be on my way to the satin aisle at Joann Fabrics instead of of tapping out this post.
It seems like it was just a few months back when I wondered if and when Alice would want to play dress up. Once she tried on a twirly Cinderella gown at our local bouncy house place she was a woman obsessed. Suddenly I was getting the evil eye from Nathan as he realized that Alice was wearing a crushed velvet, tulle and silk flowers over her jeans at Costco.
But one dress will not suffice. As long as I have a working sewing machine and an arsenal of rotary cutters and (don’t-you-dare-use-those-to-cut-paper!) scissors, I might as put them to work. Alice was going to get an Ariel dress, even if I had to sacrifice two nights of sleep for her to get it.
Nathan doesn’t have to remind me that I do this stuff more for myself than for the kids. I do have to question what my outlet for girlie stuff would be if I didn’t have Alice. The fact of the matter is it is NOT socially acceptable to run to Walmart dressed as Belle. (How slippers, jammie pants, fishnet shirts or flesh colored leggings are deemed as appropriate Walmart gear and flouncy gold ballgowns are not – that is beyond me.)
Truth be told, the Ariel dress I made for Alice was a bit of a let-down. Not that she cared much. I still could not shake this image of my little lady tugging at the Snow White dress that we had her try on in Disney World last June. Even Nathan considered forking over the enough cash to buy a week’s worth of groceries… She was THAT cute in it. But hated it. Now that she was older; decided to strike while the iron was hot. This girl was going to have a Snow White gown; damnit.
I adapted this pattern (I picked it up when it was on sale for a dollar); I made the skirt a bit longer and spent more time than I’d like to admit wrestling with fusable interfacing to get the collar to pop. I added blue satin ribbon to the red sleeves and a stripe of yellow fabric down the middle of the bodice. Once it was finished; I realized that it HAD to have a cape; Snow White has a pink one in Disney World. Alice would, too. Hers attaches with velcro on the sholders and loops over a covered button in the front. (It also hides the hack job I did on what was supposed to be an invisible zipper – win.)
We had a total “mirror, mirror” moment the first time she tried it on…
Now she wears it around the house singing, sweeping, making pies and playing Disneyland Adventures on the XBox with her brother. You know, all things Snow White would do.
Sure, Alice loves it. But not as much as I do. And I think she could totally get away with wearing it to Walmart.