RED KNIT DRESS | SIMPLICITY 9175
Bold, bright, powerful, elegant. It makes a statement, draws energy and excitement. This is what the color red represents for me. If this dress looks familiar, that’s because this is the second time I’ve sewn it. I made it in a gorgeous, navy, Liverpool Knit last December with Simplicity 9175 (Out-of-Print). I loved it so much and decided to make another one for a recent speaking engagement. It was actually a last minute decision because I wasn’t really feeling the pink outfit I was working on. I wanted to feel powerful and energetic at this event. RED was the obvious choice for me, and simple elegance was the goal.
ABOUT THIS POST
This blog post will be a little different. Since I’ve already shared the details about the pattern in a PREVIOUS POST, I will share photos of the red dress in this post, and talk about the event where I spoke.
I was invited to speak at an event, called UNBREAKABLE, on International Women’s Day in my town. The three speakers were tasked with sharing our stories and how we came to be unbreakable. I was honored to share with the audience and learn from the other speakers. It was an amazing event and all the ladies enjoyed themselves. We had dinner, music, raffles, vendors, affirmations, and Unbreakable Woman Awards. They awarded three women from the community who have experienced very painful trials in their lives and have managed to come through it with grace and dignity. They are truly unbreakable.
If you’re not familiar with my story, I invite you to check out my book, STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials that Lead to Purpose. Not only do I share my own personal stories of devastation which lead me to this sewing community–but I also share the four steps that I have taken to gain healing and step into purpose.
Inside the Garment
I used all three of my Baby Lock sewing machines to sew the dress. The Soprano created all the main seams and darts, while the Vibrant and Euphoria finished off the seam allowances and hems. I always get a clean and polished look with these machines. This is garment #5 in my personal challenge to sew 23 patterns that I already have in 2023. And, YES, I’m counting this one even though I’ve already sewn it before. Check out Patterns #3 and #4 here.
I used a red knit that I purchased from Hobby Lobby (no longer available). It was just the right color and thickness for my desire. It’s a Bullet Textured Knit with a poly/spandex blend. It has a nice drape and worked really well for the front wrap overlay and ties on the dress. I was really surprised to find exactly what I wanted at the last minute.
I actually shortened the collar this time because I didn’t want it high on my neck. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t get too hot while speaking. One thing I forgot to do this time was reduce the armhole opening. There was extra fabric there that needed to be removed and I noticed this with the last dress. However, in my rush to get this dress finished, I totally missed the adjustment. That’s okay, because I do think I will sew the dress again. I like it that much. I can also remove the sleeves and still make the adjustment.
I wore the dress with a pair of red high heels, tri-color handbag, 3-tier drop earrings, my diamond bracelet, and a rhinestone brooch to hold the ties together. The brooch really added a touch of elegance to the dress. The entire look is classy and elegant — just my style. I absolutely love being able to make my own outfits for speaking engagements.
Winner of the Devotional Basket
Whenever I speak at an event where they’re having raffles, I sometimes donate a basket centered around something practical that I teach in my book. In chapter 15, I share how I created and use a devotional basket to keep all the items I need together when I’m reading or studying the Bible at home. In the giveaway basket, I include those items that are discussed in the book so that a blessed winner will be able to start using her basket right away during her own personal Bible Study. Here is a photo of the devotional basket winner at the UNBREAKABLE event. She was very happy to receive the basket.
Blessed to be a blessing
When I wrote my book in 2020, I had no idea where it would lead. I didn’t know that it would open opportunities for me to speak at events across the country. What God has taught me through the trials of life has become a universal message that can be applied to all circumstances. The framework that was birthed from the healing journey is now being implemented into the lives of women all over. I am humbled.
Walking in Purpose
After each speaking engagement, I am met with words of gratitude and encouragement, as women make their way to my book table to purchase signed copies. When they share how the message touched their hearts, I know that I’m right where God wants me.
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