Earlier this year, my daughter discovered Fancy Nancy, the starring character in a series of books about a little girl who is the only fancy person in her family. And we're talking....FANCY. The pictures show such great details of what she considers fancy. For Nancy, as well as my daughter, fancy equals LOTS and LOTS of miscellaneous stuff in her hair, her clothes, and her room. For a looksie into the book, click HERE and you'll have it read to you by my daughter.
Meanwhile, we discovered that Target sells Fancy Nancy costumes. It was a no brainer that that was going to be the official costume this year. BUT, I couldn't bring myself to dropping $30 on what looked like a cheap dress. No, no, no...I would make it myself.
Hmmm...I've made a few things, a simple quilt, a tissue cover, a yo-yo or two. But a dress with multiple layers of ruffles and extra decorative finishings? What was I thinking? PLUS, even buying cheap-o fabric, I've already spent well over $30. And I'm not done yet. What really is the value of a homemade costume? Is it worth the time and agony? I think so. But, Halloween is a week away. Oh brother.
So I know you're dying to see the end result, right? Too bad, you'll have to wait a few more days. I'm still ruffling. But I would like to prep you a bit and show you what CAN be done with some ruffles and a few spare hours (and hours). View it HERE. I'm trying to win it so that I can pull it out of the sewing room, as if I've sewn it myself. The gig will be up instantly. I'll have a good laugh though...and my fancy daughter can enjoy this outfit for a looooong time. Wish me luck in winning and be sure to check back in on MY costume. Be prepared for a huge difference. Darn.