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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!

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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! 🙂

 

Dresses

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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Bow ties, Dresses

Easter Floral Dress

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Dresses

Mom’s 90’s Church Dress

I found this dress at a local thrift store for 69 cents. I loved the floral print fabric and it felt soooo soft! That was really all this frumpy mess had going for it. When I tried the dress on all I could see was my mom wearing it to church back in the 90’s, toting her Bible in a case that probably matched the dress. Great memories but not the look I’m going for.

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This dress was really stretched out in the top. I wanted to save the sleeves and just shorten them but they were pretty far-gone. I ripped them off and trimmed a little extra off the arms. Before giving them a new hem I had to take in the shoulders a couple of inches on each side because the dress was so big. The sides of the top also came in a few inches on each side. Of course the top needed a couple of bust darts as well. After the top was looking good, I trimmed a few inches off the bottom and gave it a new hem.

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90s church dress-101Now I just need to wear this dress to church!