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Have you ever made something so awesome that you’re kind of afraid to wear it?
I don’t mean like, “oh I put so much effort into it I don’t want to ruin it” I mean “HOLY MOLY I get so much attention in this dress I can’t even handle it!”
Again, the dress pattern is the Emery from Christine Haynes. I needed to get my sewing groove back and so I decided to make something with a pattern that I wouldn’t have to fiddle with the fit of. I bought this AMAZING fabric from Walker Hall Design here in Austin during another fabric shop hop a couple weeks ago (and wouldn’t you know it, I WON A GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM THE HOP with this store!!! I knew shopping every single shop hop no matter how much fabric I didn’t need would pay off!!!) The fabric is Expedition, in the Eclectic Elements line by Tim Holtz
Anyways, the day I finished it, I was so excited because HELLO MAPS so I put it on immediately and wore it to pick Millie up from school. Since she is in Kindergarten, her school makes the parents walk up to a special door to pick the kids up, which is kind of awesome because it makes you mingle with other moms and dads who are waiting to get their kids. Anyways, it was the first week of school that I wore this and I got SO MUCH ATTENTION. I really wasn’t expecting it! Almost every person who saw me said something about it. Parents, kids, teachers, crossing guards. “Maps!!” “You should be a teacher here!!” “Do you wear that so you won’t get lost?” “Know you’ll always know where you’re going!” It opened up an even BIGGER wow conversation when I said I made it!
Now I’m infamous for being the “map dress mom” and since people have been talking about it, a lot of people know I make my own clothes now. It is pretty funny, at a birthday party this weekend, one of the moms I knew from Millie’s old school told me that she heard people talking about a mom wearing a map dress and she was like “That must be Millie’s mom!!” and she was totally correct. haha! I guess it is pretty cool that I have a unique style? Not many other 30somethings would wear maps and ostriches lol.
Anyways, back to the making of this dress.. I added sleeves for the first time! I was a bit nervous to do so, but I really like them! I think I want to play with this pattern a bit more, I like how it is, but I think it would also look super cute with a lower neckline, especially if I have sleeves. I feel SUPER covered in it, which works, but I feel like I can breath better with a tiny bit more skin exposed. I didn’t line it (I haven’t lined a single Emery yet) because TEXAS and it is still in the humid 90’s here. That and I’m lazy.
I did have one snaffoo that ended up being kind of great: I can’t find my invisible zipper foot ANYWHERE. It doesn’t help that the dang foot is clear (and thus- invisible!)… I brought it to NJ with me when I was working on my Ileana dress and I don’t remember what I did with it.. My sister didn’t see it at her house so I’m at a loss.. Anyways, I decided to just figure out how to sew the invisible zipper on with a regular zipper foot instead. I think I like this method better actually!! The zip came out fantastic!! I was also really happy to randomly have a pink zipper that matched the random pink lines on the map perfectly :) I was really proud of myself to have the lines of the bodice/skirt line up perfectly on this one :D (not the print of the map, though. That would have been insane!)
Another dress guts pic, I had leftover fabric from the Mara dress and used that as the bias binding, the green I feel works great. I know no body sees that detail, but I do and it makes me happy :)
This pattern calls for just gathering the skirt, but I don’t think I’ll ever do that again. This time I made big ol’ pleats and I really like it. It is so fun playing with the skirt portion of a dress! Millie was my photographer again, I think she did a pretty decent job, but most shots were a bit out of focus and not directed at me, ha! But I kind of like this one:
It is super fun having Millie take pictures, she tells me what to do and I listen! It was kind of difficult and unnatural to stand on that swing, but I had fun! Anyways, I think I need to wear this dress out more often and not be so scared of the attention. It IS kind of amazing after all :)
PS how are you liking my new layout? I’ve been busting my arse making my blog more fun and now that Millie is in school and Quinn will actually give me more time to myself, I’m ready to make more regular posts!! I have SO MANY unblogged garments that really need attention! Sewing and blogging make me feel good and I’m excited to get back into it :)