Dear Mrs. Balloona,
I regret to inform you that Oona is in danger of expulsion from Summer Sewing Camp. She is simply not playing well with other bloggers.
Last week, she asked for advice on what fabrics to match with a maxi length dress. The skirt portion, in my opinion, was quite loud, but I applauded her desire to seek help. Her sewing mates chose a winning fabric, but she did NOT use it to complete her project. Instead, she used up all of the fabric in order to make this:
Not only did she completely ignore (solicited!) advice, when confronted, she had the audacity to blame it on her fellow sewists. Little Tilly, sweet Sofia and our star pupil Mokosha have each made darling skirts, which Oona accused them of taunting her with. In truth, she could not control her jealousy.
To boot, it is my opinion that her "hand-drafted" pattern is in fact a direct copy of Mokosha's latest beautiful creation. Oona denies this, claiming some sort of "mind-meld", but let's face it; Mokosha brought her skirt in to class first.
I also worry for Oona's well-being mentally. She insisted that this linen fabric smelled of "burnt chai tea" whenever her iron was too hot (which, I can tell you, was often, the girl simply refuses to set the iron to anything lower than full blast).
I am, however, proud of her work on the innards of this skirt. She took the time to hand stitch a blind hem, and used a bias tape closure for the waistband seam. Although she continually picks a contrasting thread, at least she didn't go with her first choice of fire engine red lace hem tape.
But don't get me started on zippers. Why she cannot pick an invisible zipper that matches her fabric is beyond me. I keep telling her it defeats the purpose of an invisible zipper, but the girl is quite headstrong. I'm sure you know this about her.
It is my fervent hope that she will mature as a sewer and blogger, and learn many useful skills this summer. But you should be ready for an early pick-up.
Mrs. A. Cisco
Summer Sewing Camp For Girls