I, like many people, am beyond exhausted by this pandemic. A reality I never saw coming, as an empathic person I look at all the reports and feel so much pain knowing all that people are suffering. It feels like there is no end in sight and that while I think this new reality is temporary, I think it’s a longer temporary than I would like.
I started this blog from an emotionally exhausted place in October of 2017. I challenged myself to make one new thing a week for a year to help climb out of a tough place. It worked. I felt renewed, filled. Committing to spending time each week doing something I loved and challenging my brain to learn new things was the perfect recipe for climbing out of my slump.
I feel I’m in a similar emotional place. So it begins again.
I’m doing another year long challenge. I think it will help me navigate the current normal and pass the time in a productive way as we attempt to return to some version of our former normal.
I have some projects cut out and started. I’ve been working through those to start with. This first dress was in that pile. I cut it out late summer 2019 and as the weather cooled, I got swept up in sewing for the fall and winter. I’ve made this pattern before and LOVED it. I think it’s a pretty easy make and it fits like a glove with no alterations. When I made this the first time I meticulously cut it out to get a specific look. This time around only the front bodice was given any extra attention. I wanted the pattern spaced specifically on the front.
I love the result. It’s a dreamy, flowing summer dress.
This fabric is from Joann Fabrics and it was still at my local Joann in Grapevine, Texas as of yesterday when I was there. The pattern is by Simplicity, 8635. I almost always make a size 14 and this was no exception. A few people have commented on Instagram that they love it but would need to wear a bra. I am. I can’t get away with not wearing a bra in anything, I’m 39 and nursed three babies. I wear a strapless and it works great with this dress.
Here is the original dress I made from this pattern last summer. And notice how great my hair was back when I saw my hair dresser with regularity, LOL!
That’s it for this week. I’ll also include the link for the blog post to when I originally made this dress.
I love your fabric choices! Both dresses look beautiful! I know these are crazy times. As we adjust to what seems like the new normal, we all have to focus on something productive. Something that keeps up sane, if not gleeful! Hugs!
Thank you! Stay well!
You really have grown! The placement of that gorgeous fabric is stunning! This was so nice to read! ❤
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Great to hear from you again. Hope you are well in these crazy times.
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