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  • Writer's pictureChristine Dierk

If you give a mouse a cookie...

My love for novelty clothing means that I have the perfect wardrobe for teaching elementary school. I should clarify that I don't -- but more than once, I've been stopped on the street and asked what grade I teach. At least I come by it honestly; my mom teaches first grade, and my older sister used to do the same. It goes without saying that they've both borrowed pieces of clothing from my closet over the years. My Santa onesie is always in high demand for seasonal spirit weeks.

This dress is a perfect match for one of my favorite books from childhood: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The story goes, "if you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk". It's a good thing this dress has both! If only I could convince Jovi to stop bringing me mice.

I made this dress using McCall's 6887, view B. I opted to leave off the sleeves and added at least 6 inches to the bottom hem. One thing I learned while making this dress is that McCall's patterns run much larger than other brands. I had to take this dress in several inches at the zipper. Now, when making a dress using a pattern from McCall's, I always refer to the finished garment sizes (typically printed on the actual pattern itself).

Just like my cherry print dress, I made this dress using a discount set of sheets. I spent $10 on a full-sized sheet set from Ross, which translates to well over 4 yards with a width comparable to 60" fabric. You can't beat a novelty dress for $10! The polyester fabric swishes a little, but it drapes beautifully.

Better yet, the milk bottle on this print features a small straw. Because "when you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw".


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