Excerpted from Maryellen’s second book ‘Taking Off’ by Valerie Tripp (no spoilers). Slight changes have been made for clarity. Kit plays Maryellen’s friend Karen, and Dakota plays Maryellen’s Italian friend Angela. Maryellen wants to have a movie star-themed birthday and wear her bridesmaid dress to make her look like Debbie Reynolds.
“I can’t wait to see your bridesmaid dress,” said Karen. “I bet it’s gorgeous. What does it look like?”
“Oh,” said the girls. They hesitated for a teeny, tiny second. “Good.”
Maryellen knew what her friends were thinking, because she was thinking the same thing, too. They’d all had unfortunate experiences with their mothers making dresses as part of do-it-yourself crazes. Maryellen knew that her friends were too polite to say so, but dresses made by mothers did not always turn out very well.
Maryellen grinned gratefully. “I certainly hope so,” she said. “Or else the movie star I’ll look like at my birthday party will be the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz!”
Have you had any sewing mishaps? In high school my mom and I tried to sew a skirt for me out of a lightweight navy polka dot fabric. The skirt turned out so small we turned it into a scarf! I’m blaming the pattern because my mom is terrific at sewing and crafts.
You’ll have to read Maryellen’s books to find out more about her dress . . .