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March 2016

Dresses, tie

Praise the Lord Sleeves!

Holy Week and Easter Sunday are a very important time for my husband and I to celebrate! We try to recognize the new life that we have in Christ everyday but there is something really special about taking time to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us with other believers! And let me tell you, celebrating Christ’s resurrection on Easter is really exciting for us! It’s also a busy time for us! Brian is always busy with preparing for Holy Week services and he is currently advocating that church staff gets Easter Monday off. I’ll let you know if he is successful;)

One little Easter tradition that we have is to wear matching outfits on Easter. It started the year we were engaged. I barely knew how to sew but I had an obnoxiously yellow dress that I planned to wear to church. Brian and I drove all over Saginaw to find a tie to match but couldn’t find one! Brian decided that I should make one for him. I will never forget trying to finagle that thing together! He wore it though! Actually, he wore a vest over it… so who knows how he really felt about it! Since that year we have really enjoyed finding a fun outfit to wear on Easter! This year proved to be a little more difficult because all of the dresses that I planned to wear ended up not fitting over my ever growing baby belly! I was 30 weeks this past Monday and really starting to show! I decided that I would make one last attempt at finding a dress to recreate. And I’m so happy I did because this might be one of my favorite finds ever!

The sleeves…. The sleeves… The sleeves! A sweet lady from our church said it best, “Those are Praise The Lord Sleeves.” And she is correct!! I was so excited when it zipped up all of the way and had more than enough room for the belly!2016-03-29_0007

(Our old farmhouse is still being renovated! So excuse the missing baseboards but you can rest easy, there is eight inch trim, basically my dream come true, just waiting to be installed!)

I didn’t actually have to do as much to this dress as some of my other projects because the fit was almost perfect! I cut off about 18 inches from the bottom and gave it a new hem. Then I trimmed the lace off the neckline and started working on those priceless sleeves! First, I used my seam ripper to remove the cuffs from the sleeves. Next, I turned the dress inside out and pinned the sleeves where I wanted to the new seams to be. I sewed up each side to make them narrower and much less winged. I cut off the extra fabric and gave the wrists a new hem. I debated over and over if I should make it short sleeved once I had finished. My wonderful sister-in-law Emily talked me into the long sleeves! Thanks Em, I would be a mess with out you;)

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With the extra fabric from the bottom of the dress I made a tie for Brian. He was super pumped about how it turned out! He is a graphic designer and loves vintage prints so this tie will probably be a regular for him!


Personally, I think this guy could be a tie model, but I may be a little biased! I sure hope our little guy gets his dad’s good looks though;)

And here’s one with Brian and I together and a special throwback to Easter 2012 with the yellow dress that I mentioned before… note that Brian’s vest did in fact cover up most of his tie that year!

2016-03-29_0011I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! HE IS RISEN! 🙂



Red and White Floral Print Dress

The print of this dress might just be my favorite that I have worked with. It reminds me so much of fabric that my grandma would have had in her quilting pile.

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I didn’t do much to this dress. It really needed to be ironed after it came out of my dryer though! So I spent some time ironing it before I started cutting and sewing. I took a few inches off the bottom of the dress and few inches off of the sleeves and gave both a new hem. The shoulder pads had to go! I debated to keep the collar how it was or to simplify it. I ended up deciding to remove the bottom layer so it was a little less overwhelming and I’m happy that I did!

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Cable Rope Print Sweater

Is there anything better than a thick sweater in the Fall in Michigan? Maybe. The world is an incredible place so I don’t doubt that there is. But seriously, when it’s sweater weather in Michigan it truly is a wonderful time! Now the tricky part is that it actually has to be sweater weather! I know I can’t be the only one that has jumped the gun when it was a fairly chilly September morning. You get so excited, put on your riding boots, thick sweater and infinity scarf and all is well for about an hour. Then all of a sudden, your pushing your grocery cart across the Kroger parking lot and it’s 78 degrees and your sweating buckets! Seriously, this happens at least a few times to me every September. Someday I will learn!

When I found this sweater I knew I could save him! I wasn’t sure how but I knew that he would get a second chance!

rope sweater before-100I really wanted to keep this piece a sweater but I knew there was a good chance that I wouldn’t be happy with it once it was done. I convinced myself that I had to try and if that I did mess it up then I could always make a pair of mittens out of it. Then I started thinking about these hypothetical mittens and fell in love with the idea. Part of me hoped the the sweater completely bombed! But in the end the sweater stayed a sweater! At least for today!

I started off by taking in the sleeves. Good golly those sleeves did not match the size of the rest of the sweater! I would love to meet the person with arms ripped enough to fill those sleeves! I put the sweater on, inside out, and pinned where I wanted the new seam to be. I sewed them up and that helped out a ton! Then I just had to tackle that half turtle neck! I just trimmed about a quarter of an inch in from where I wanted the new neckline and gave that a new seam. I had to cut off the original tag in the back of the sweater and after I did so, it’s impossible to tell the front from the back until you put it on. Once it’s on it’s pretty obvious but it’s trial and error to find the front now! I feel like if that’s its biggest problem, it’s doing much better than it did during its half turtle neck days!

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