I went shopping with my sisters at Mall of America and IKEA in the Twin Cities a few weeks ago and surprisingly I walked out of the mall empty handed. Weird, huh? My sisters just needed to hit a few stores in the mall — mainly a cute children’s shop and an athletic store — and I really didn’t need or want anything. Although I was tempted to buy a Lego Mixel thing at the Lego store, but I decided against it.
So, my sisters are absolutely head over heels in love with this children’s store, Hannah Andersson. As soon as I stepped into the store, I knew why they loved it. The store was filled with beautiful and brightly colored clothes for kids. And ruffles! Beautiful colorful ruffles. I wanted to be a 7-year-old girl who ran around and skipped around in pretty blue ruffly dresses and matching headbands.
Can an almost 40-year-old wear ruffly tank dress? Even I know the answer is no, but I also know I’m weird. Once I stopped fawning over the pretty dresses, I took a closer look at them. Specifically, the inside of the dress — examining the stitches and quickly snapping pictures before the store’s staff thought I was some sort of weirdo and kicked me out. I was curious about the assembly.
When I looked at the stitching and the sergy stuff, I thought, “I think I can do that.” Even after sewing sporadically off and on over the past 10 years, I still think of myself as a beginner sewer and work on simple alterations and patterns. I know when a project is over my head, but sometimes I like a challenge. Could I turn a complicated project into something simpler and easier?
Anyway, during the shopping excursion with my sisters, I took pictures of cute clothes, thinking I could replicate it somehow. Basically, I found inspiration and excitement for future refashions. While my sisters were trying on clothes, I was busy snapping pictures of clothes priced at $59.99 or $64.99. However, I will admit I spent a total of $6 on two shirts on clearance at The Gap. Yay!