Sometimes I agree to do things and then wonder, "What was I thinking?" I happily volunteered to make the poodle skirts we need for a particular scene in our church's Christmas program. I took the pattern and bought another one in the additional sizes I needed. I measured the girls. Then I read the pattern. Zippers?? Oh my word. My experience with zippers is minimal. I thought we'd be doing elastic here, people! My original plan was to buy inexpensive cotton fabric to make the skirts. Then I read the pattern. It was designed to be used with 72" felt. I'm no math major, but I do know that 72" fabric is NOT the same as 45" fabric. So, I set off to Hobby Lobby praying they would have felt by the bolt! My worry was for naught. They had lots of bolts of felt. I'd just never noticed, because I'd never needed any!
The skirts actually turned out all right. I fairly competently installed the zippers. The waistbands were a big pain, and I'm not totally happy with how some of them ended up, but, heck, they're only costumes! The poodles I used are iron-on appliques. Unfortunately, Hobby Lobby only had three poodles, and I needed four. So, one of the skirts isn't quite finished. That's okay. My sister is on alert to watch for one, and we will be at other shops this weekend. Shoot, the programs not until Sunday night. I've got loads of time!