Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Whew! As I sit and write this post, I’m in the midst of planning for a BIG retirement trip with my husband and about 7 other couples. Now mind you, I’ve known about this trip for over a year. I assured my husband that I would have all my outfits done in plenty of time so that we can take photos of the garments in the different areas we’re visiting. Being the thoughtful gentleman that he is, he’s reminded me several times to get my outfits ready. Do you think I listened? NO! I kept saying, “I know. I’ll be ready.” Here I am, seven days before departure, trying to sew enough clothes for an 11 day trip. Whyyyyy??? Why have I done this to myself? The other day my husband said I should just go buy a few outfits for the trip. As I clutched my pearls and gave him a look of utter disbelief, he laughed and said, “okay.” Sooo, I wake up sewing, and end the day sewing. I have 5 new items sewn so far. If I can get six more done, I’ll be happy, but we’ll see. I’ll be sure to share all the outfits with you from the trip. I’ve already photographed two of them, so that I can have something to share while I’m away. For now, here’s a cute dress I made for our friend Eric’s retirement party last weekend. Eric and my husband will both be celebrating their retirements on our trip. They were classmates in the Fire Academy and have both completed 30 years of service with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. I’m so proud of them!
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Okay, may I just say I love this fabric more than words can express? Oh my goodness! Not only is it beautiful, but it feels so amazing against my body. It’s a 2-way stretch metallic knit with gold flecks that I picked up from Michael Levine Fabrics (link below) during the Mimi G Style Conference last month. When I pulled it from the shelf, I smiled and knew it had to be paired with the perfect pattern for a fabulous occasion.
I’ve been holding onto Simplicity 8330 for a while because I wanted to sew View B, the mermaid look, for a formal event. However, when I was searching through my stash for a pattern, View C screamed to be sewn with this sexy animal print. I actually lengthened the dress to just below the knee for this event. I used a super thin, slinky knit for the lining that I picked up from the Michael Levine Loft, similar to a Jet Set Knit that I’ve purchased in the past from JoAnn Fabrics.
Since this is a fully lined dress with a zipper insertion I do not recommend it for new beginners. If you are visiting my blog and want to learn how to sew, please check out my free Beginner’s Sewing Course, where I teach the basics of sewing through step-by-step video tutorials. During the course, we make 6 garments to practice the skills being introduced. The videos are available to be viewed at your own pace, in the comfort in your own home, as often as you like. You are welcome to share them with your family and friends.
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(All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!)