Blogging from A - Z about clothes...
At lunch time on Christmas Eve, I suddenly decided I’d sew my youngest daughter a Christmas dress. Gemma-Rose beamed when I told her. Christmas Day was only hours away. Soon she’d be wearing an unexpected brand new dress.
We drove into town to buy some supplies, and Gemma-Rose chose some pretty green and pink flowered fabric. I found a zipper and some matching thread. I had everything I needed.
I spent all afternoon pinning and cutting and sewing. Every now and then Gemma-Rose popped her head around the door to see how I was going: “Will you finish my dress in time?” I nodded. All was going well.
Now I’m not very good at inserting zippers. I knew this would be the hardest part of making the dress. But for once, the zipper went in perfectly first go. No problems at all. About 7 pm, I ironed the dress and shouted, “Gemma-Rose! I’ve finished. Come and try it on.”
Gemma-Rose inserted her head into the dress, and then pulled it down over her body. She zipped up the zipper before twirling around, so I could see it from all sides. The dress fitted perfectly. She smiled widely. So did I. The dress was a success.
And here I am zipping up the zipper on this blogging challenge. Has my challenge gone as perfectly as my sewing? Well, not quite. There were a few times I almost gave up on the challenge. There are some stories I’m happier with than others. Was my challenge a success? Yes! I learnt a lot along the way. It was fun to experiment with a few posts. And I did make it to the end!
This year I wrote my posts around a theme: clothes. The stories didn’t turn out quite as I had anticipated. I was going to write about 26 different items of clothing, but my clothing stories went in a different direction. Writing is like that at times. Unexpected things happen.
I didn't pre-write any of my posts. I wrote and published them as I went. I guess it would have been much easier if I'd had all my stories written before April began. (I didn't realise that was allowed!) Then again, it wouldn't have been so much of a challenge!
I enjoyed meeting some new bloggers this month. I found a few kindred spirits. I enjoyed commenting on other blogs and exchanging comments here with new friends. Of course, I am also grateful to my old friends, who stopped by to encourage me along with kind comments.
Thank you everyone!
And now the challenge is over. April is over. So what’s next?
A birthday cake and a special dinner, I think.
So are you glad the challenge is all zipped up? And what about zippers? Are you any good at sewing them into clothes?