So Bird really needed an angel costume. Ahem, okay, people interpret need differently in our house. The dress was inspired by the book “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.” Have you read that book? A dear friend gave it to me last Christmas—the first Christmas after we had met. It is the story of a little girl, Ruthie, and her strong and capable mother who provides a dear Christmas to her daughter despite being alone and just scraping by(1918-her husband has not returned from the war). Ruthie’s mama makes her a dress during the night from her wedding dress because she has no other gifts to give or money to buy material. A true night-sew. The dress in the story is better, of course. Really this would be lovelier made from silk but there isn’t a wedding dress around this house anymore--it has already been refashioned into tiny little baby clothes—and the machine wash shiny polyester organza has appeal. Shiny for the Bird; machine washable for the Mama. If I did it again, I would spend more time and set in the sleeves to a square yoke rather than the raglan and I would make the sleeves fuller. I thought I had drafted the sleeves big enough but really, I think they needed to be full circles. I’ll get pictures in the daylight with a little person in it hopefully tomorrow.