So I resolved right then that I would go home and make the perfect wresting-with-a-toddler-in-church dress. I do have a few DIY wins in my closet, but many, many more failures, so I was nervous. I can't read patterns so everything I do is by eye-balling and Pinterest tutorials. But I was resolved, dagnabit.
I bought the material yesterday and cut it out, but was too nervous to actually sew it until today, and by the time I was done sewing, it was too dark to take any pictures, so I got WonderGirl to take a whole lotta crummy ones with my cell phone. I had seen this adorable and really well explained tute for a girl's dress and thought if I left the waist elastic out, that could be pretty promising for a grown-up like me:
Not bad, huh??? And before we move on to length options, let's just bask in the glory that is this neckband:
I have NEVER managed to get a neck looking good and the tutorial was so clear and concise, it gave me the confidence I needed. IT'S A NECKBAND, PEOPLE!!!!!
So then I tried to have WG take pictures of it me in the longer length to get an idea of what it looked like and maybe ask for y'all's opinion, but the only pictures we got illustrate my need for the dress in the first place:
Creepy blurry, I know. But we see how impossible it is to have more than 2 seconds of private time around here. (When I try to take his pictures he won't stop moving and cooperate but when I need a picture of just me, he's allll up in there, trying to pose, even. Stinker.)
And then there's this guy, yanking away...
Get the picture? (pun intended). Staying fully dressed while being attacked by these yay-hoos is a serious challenge. But so far, the dress looks up to it!
So this was my original plan - knee-length with a bright cardigan. I pinned it up to see what the effect was, and so of course, I was attacked again...
So after looking at both, I think I'm going to go with the knee-length option, but I'm going to make another one that goes to the floor. It's still nerve-wracking because I'm terrified I'll mess up and the thought of facing the fabric store any time soon with Thing 3 in tow is terrifying.