I had different plans for this dress! This bad boy was going to be an infinity scarf! But there wasn’t enough fabric in easily accessible places! So I tried it on to see if I could repurpose it in another way! Keep in mind I was about 8 months pregnant in the before photos, so I was really trying to think of a way to turn it into something I could wear with a watermelon under my shirt. And a kimono style shirt is what I came up with! I actually wore it a couple of times during the end of my pregnancy but I never kept it on long enough to take any pictures of it! I was always just so hot!
Luckily, kimonos are sort of a one size fits all type of clothing! So non-pregnant me can still wear it! I got creative with this transformation and started with the dress on backwards. I decided on the length and chopped the bottom off. The I cut beside the zipper on both sides in the back all of the way down, removing the zipper completely. This gave me the shape I wanted and took about 5 minutes! I removed the waist ties and hemmed up all of my raw edges! It needed a good ironing but after that, it was good to go!
Brian and I traveled to Virginia last weekend for a wedding! It was GORGEOUS! But we weren’t really sure of any touristy type of things to do around town! We asked quite a few people! And got suggestions like, “there’s a bowling alley in town.” Haha! Which wasn’t really what we had in mind! And we couldn’t bear the thought of just sitting in our hotel so we drove to the ocean! We found a beach on our phone that looked promising. When we got there it was hilarious how busy it was! There was no parking for literally miles! Even if we would have found a spot I don’t think we would have gotten out! We rechecked the map on our phone and found a nature preserve a few miles north with a beach… and it was incredible!!! There was almost no one there and Brian and I just walked along the beach looking for sea glass and shells. (Real life translation: I ran around singing “I am Moana” from the disney movie far too many times, at the top of my lungs and Brian talked in great length about finding a burger place for dinner.) Very romantic.
Poor Brian, he never did find that burger place! We looked everywhere for one but found something even better!!
We drove past Krispy Kreme and their “hot donut” sign was on. Brian is a pretty careful driver…. but that man can swerve into a Krispy Kreme like it’s nobody’s business! And I love him even more for it!
I have mentioned before that Easter is a big time of year for us! This year was even more exciting! We were able to share the story of Easter with our sweet little boy, Ansel! Brian and I have a tradition of finding a matching outfit to wear to celebrate Easter Sunday! We knew we wanted to continue this tradition with Ansel, so I had to find a dress with enough fabric for two ties this year!
This is a strange story to share, but I remember when I was really little my mom would watch the movie Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts. I’m pretty sure it was a sad movie but I never really paid attention until it was ending, because that meant my little brother and I could have the VCR back to watch Muppet’s Treasure Island again. Anyway, the last scene in that movie is the family celebrating Easter and the little boy is in a tiny blue suit! I think because of this, I have always pictured myself having a little boy and dressing him in a seersucker jacket for Easter! Actually, the dream was a matching shorts and jacket set with tall socks. But Brian stepped in and pointed out just how dorky our poor guy would look in that! So I settled for a jacket and bow tie made from my dress!
Easter this year was cold and windy!! We took a few pictures outside but didn’t really get a good one of my dress to show you all! Then a very tiny human spilled carrots (very fitting for Easter) all over my dress. So it had to make it through a laundry cycle at the Simmermacher household… Which is why you are just now seeing the finished product! Crazy right?! But I try to choose snuggles and adventures over laundry! So new moms, if your laundry room is exploding, just buy some more underwear and get to it when you have a chance;)
Here are the before pictures of my Easter dress! (Ansy snuck in a few of them! Now that he is on the move, there’s no stopping him!)
It almost had a western feel to it with the fringe! This one lost the fringed collar, sleeves and a little length off the bottom! The bow ties were more of a challenge than usual. The flowers on the dress were pretty spread apart so I had to mindful when planning where to cut the pattern so there would be flowers on the actual bows of the ties!
Wishing you all a VERY belated Happy Easter! He is risen indeed!!
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!
(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;)
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!
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! HE IS RISEN! 🙂
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.
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!
This dress has been one of my favorites to work on. I found it at a local thrift store for less than a dollar. I loved the neckline. From the moment I bought it, I knew it would be a fantastic Easter dress!
This dress was particularly unflattering. I love to wear my particularly unflattering dresses around for a little while before I start the refashion. I say it’s to get a feel for what I want to do with the dress. Really it’s to drive my husband crazy;) Something about trying to flirt with him while wearing these atrocities is really funny to me, and not to him. He really didn’t like this one!
The dress itself actually fit me really well! A nice little surprise! I knew that I wanted to shorten the dress so that’s where I started. I took about 5 inches off of the bottom and gave it a new hem. I wasn’t sure if I wanted the dress to have sleeves but I knew I didn’t want it to have THOSE sleeves. So I ripped them off. I liked it a lot without them so I took a little more off around the arms and gave that a small hem.
This dress originally had buttons up the front on the top. Some dinkus removed them and ripped six holes in the fabric. Not only did they steal my precious buttons, I had to repair the holes in the fabric. I tried to patch the holes and that just didn’t work. Then I realized that I could rip the seam at the waist and and put the fabric with the holes behind the other side. It worked like charm!
I searched through my antique button collection to find some replacements. I didn’t have 6 of anything that worked with the dress so I found these at Hobby Lobby. I don’t love them, but they help cover up the holes from the button-stealing bottom feeder that I previously mentioned.
I loved the belt it came with but I felt it dated the dress and not in a good way so I paired it with a white belt from my closet.
For Easter, Brian loves to wear a bow tie. There was enough fabric from the bottom of the dress to make him a pretty fancy one. I traced one that I made him for New Year’s Eve last year and made this floral masterpiece. I am already keeping my eye out for next year’s Easter Dress!