Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend celebrating you or other special women in your life for Mother’s Day. If you no longer have your mom with you, I pray that fond memories warm your heart at this time each year. I was able to spend the day with my mom on Saturday. We took her to her favorite restaurant for lunch and had a laughing good time. Then we went out for a photo shoot so I could share her with you on my blog today. Neither one of us care to go out on Mother’s Day because we don’t like the crowds and long waits. We were able to get into the restaurant with only 5 minutes wait time and enjoyed a lovely meal.
I grew up watching my mother wear beautiful clothes. I remember how her outfits, shoes and handbags were so neat and organized in her closet. As much as she loves her clothes, there’s nothing she loves more than her perfume. Oh gosh, I’ve never seen anyone love fragrance as much as my mom. You will never find her without fragrance on her body. She has more than any one person needs for a lifetime, if you ask me. She loves to shop for it and even gets invited to department store events where the women go around testing new frangrances. So, although we know she doesn’t need more perfume, my sisters and I know what she likes, which makes gift purchases for her kind of easy. Perfume and restaurant gift cards are what make her happy. I love my momma. She’s easy to please, like me.
She recently started shopping online and is having a ball with it. She found the cute dress she’s wearing at Zuliliy and said she saw the same dress at a department store that costs a lot more than what she paid for it.
Of course I had to make a dress to wear because, well, I sew. Hahaha! All I need is a reason to crank one out and I’m on it. Initially I had planned to wear THIS dress. However, on Friday I cut a simple dress just because I wanted to work on matching stripes. I used a ribbed, jersey knit from my stash to practice with. I had no intentions of wearing it the next day, but when I woke up on Saturday morning, I decided to sew the dress up real quick and wear it to lunch. The restaurant my mom chose is very casual, so this dress was perfect.
Learn to Sew for Fun – McCall’s 7531 – Beginners
This is another easy pattern designed for beginners. I discuss the McCall’s “Learn to Sew For Fun” Pattern Series HERE. I chose this pattern to practice matching stripes for a few reasons. 1) It only has 3 pattern-pieces; 2) There are no darts or other design elements to interrupt the pattern; and 3) I really want more everyday casual dresses. This one is so comfortable, and with a pair of flat sandals, flip flops or sneakers, it’s great for lounging around the house or running errands, even movie dates.
When you’re learning to sew and find a pattern that really works for you, one which you have perfected the fit on, it can become your TNT (tried-n-true). A TNT pattern is one that is used over and over again. It can be used to practice matching stripes, plaids, and prints. Use it to test different fabrics. You can also use your TNT pattern to practice different hem finishes, trims, and zipper insertions. This is the year of the sleeve, so the TNT is also a great pattern to practice different sleeve designs. I will discuss TNT’s with more detail in a future post.
I intend to use this pattern to practice matching plaids and large prints also. The pattern goes to a size 26 = XXL (48″ bust and 50″ hip), so if you need a larger size, you will need to grade up. To learn how to grade a pattern up to a larger size, check out Andrea with Sew to Fit. She has a great tutorial called “Increasing the Pattern Size.”
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I’m attending a Fundraiser Gala on Friday, so while I had this pattern out, I used it to make a dress for the event. I turned it into a cocktail dress by using a dressy fabric. I think I’ve said this before, but I love to let the fabric do the talking with very simple pattern designs. Make sure you check back next week to see how I dressed this pattern up for the cocktail look.
Create the Look
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