First of all, a follow-up on Friday's dinner. Dinner was delicious. But, our guests didn't show up. The misunderstandings were all cleared up at Saturday morning services.
The ice cream went along with my son when he slept over at a friend's house. They were happy to have the ice cream. We were happy to have a kid free evening.
Switching topics here. Purim is fast approaching. My student had seen this costume on line. My student is 13. She has enough brains to know that a full-on sexy pirate costume is not exactly appropriate for her, especially since she is planning to wear the costume when she reads from the Megillah at her Orthodox day school.
We found a piece of white cotton gauze in my stash. My student made a raglan sleeved peasant top out of the cotton. We added big cuffs and elasticized the join creating a gathered cuff. My student wanted a vest like garment to mimic the corset like garment in the photo.
Although the gauze peasant blouse is an actual wearable garment ( We all have seen ready-to-wear put together more shoddily), My student was ready for the corset/vest to be a quick-and- dirty garment. The black knit I had on hand wasn't very stretchy. We used a tank top of my daughter's as a starting point. I was glad to see that my student was able to make the sort of mental calculation that is so useful when drafting clothing without a pattern. My daughter's tank was larger than what my student would wear. The black vest fabric had little stretch, so it made sense to draft the vest the same size as my daughter's tank.
It's the sort of calculation that can be a little hard to codify but nice that my student has internalized it . She wanted a wide scoop neck for the vest and a v-eed hem. She sewed up the side and shoulder seams and was done. The fact that this is a costume means that we don't have to worry a whole lot about finishing the vest nicely with niceties like hems.
My student plans to make a matching costume for her friend. I gave her enough of the knit so she can construct the vest on her own. She is awaiting more cotton gauze from an Internet supplier. We may have to improvise a pirate shirt out of a. thrift store man's dress shirt