Now, J14's previous sewing experience is making a skirt when she was 10 and piecing the top of a lap sized strip quilt (all straight line sewing). For the curves on the pockets of the skirt she needed lots of support and help. So I envision several problems with the prom dress idea:
1. Funding- She thinks she is going to purchase the fabric for these dresses from her savings- money she has been collecting for several years for college expenses. She would have enough to do it but I hate to see her use so much of her money on something like this. I don't think she has any concept of the price of good fabric- especially what you would want for a formal dress- or the quantities involved.
2. Time- She has difficulty already fitting in everything she wants/needs to do- we can barely get her to practice her violin so I don't see her having lots of time to sew... and I will NOT do this for her.
3. Skill level- Sewing a formal is not an entry level sewing project. She has very little sewing experience. I know that improving her sewing skills and making some of her own clothes is one of her goals for the year but I think this is a bit of a big leap. I know she has until next year to do this but I don't think a year is long enough to really develop her skills to that level. She doesn't seem to think of this as a barrier.
She already has a grand plan to make her friend Teara a purse for her birthday in February and I'm okay with that. She has fabric from another project and we went out to get a zipper last week. I found an old zipper in the craft/sewing cupboard and we need to pick fabric to make a sample purse before she tries on the nice stuff for the gift. I thought this would be a good time to teach her how to put in zippers (something I can do but dislike intensely).
A purse for a birthday present is a little different than making someone's prom dress for them.
HELP!!! Any advice on how I field this one successfully would be appreciated. I'm really hoping that this is one of those wild schemes that she will forget about in a few days but then- she's stubborn- just like her Mom.