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Date Night: 2010

Okay, you all know I have four kids right? And that they’re all five and under, right? So I think you’ll understand that it’s been YEARS since my husband and I went on a date. Just try finding a babysitter that’s WILLING to sit for so many little kids and, once you do, ask them just how much they’re going to charge!

BUT, a few weeks ago a friend of ours (thanks Athena!) volunteered to watch our monsters one evening while we went to a nice dinner and then to see the Nutcracker at our local performing-arts center. It would be a sort of early Anniversary celebration (my dear hubby and I tied the knot on New Year’s Eve almost eight years ago).

Whoa. This was huge. Massive. This . . . warranted a new dress. I tried Dillard’s first, which, surprisingly enough, has a decent selection of Made-in-the-USA garments. Nothing. I wanted black, and I just couldn’t find anything that worked. Then, on a chance visit to Hobby Lobby, I discovered some ruffled black knit that was probably left over from last season (remember those big pink ruffles from last Spring?). I went home and printed out a coupon (who goes to Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann’s without a coupon? Seriously, who???), and got two yards for $10.00. Then I went to Jo-Ann’s and picked up several yards of the $3.99 pointe roma for a lining. The next day I simply laid down a well-fitting sheath dress over the fabric and hacked out the front and back (only two pattern pieces) and, using THIS tutorial on lining a sleeveless dress, I was finished with my “date” dress in just a few hours.

I added a belt, necklace, and shoes that I had and WAH-LAH!

Please look only at the dress. I have, after all, had four children. And I have a giant head. But anyway . . .

My daughter told me, “Mommy! You look BEAUTIFUL!” (seriously, doesn’t that kind of thing make you feel GREAT?). And then she took this picture of my husband and I:

I love this picture. And I love my husband. It’s been eight years, and I still think we go so well together. And every time I wear this dress I’m going to think about what a lovely time we had on Date Night: 2010 and what a crazy, fantastic time we’ve been having together since the day we met.

Letter Tee Tutorial (Finally!)

It’s about time! I’ve been promising to do this tutorial for awhile, and I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath, right?!? All this talk of coordinated family-members lit a fire under me, so here it is, the Letter Tee Tutorial. I know this might look intimidating, but it’s not hard. Do NOT be afraid of knits. When it comes to making a simple tee-shirt — which this is, essentially, along with some applique thrown in — knits are really very easy to work with. It does take a little practice, and a little nerve, but you can do it. I wrote this tutorial with the beginner in mind; if you don’t know how to make a ribbed collar, you will. If you don’t know how to put together a basic tee shirt, you will. And if you don’t know how to use paper-backed fusible webbing, you will. So take a breath, take your time, and enjoy.

Click here for the Letter Tee Tutorial

Get Thee to a Hobby Lobby!

Don’t walk, RUN to your nearest Hobby Lobby and pick up some of this . . .

. . . pre-ruffled knit fabric, now 50% off (was $13.99 US, now $7.00 US). The ruffle is built into the production of the fabric so that no one had to sew it themselves, in keeping with my anti-sweatshop stance, and it’s a lovely, casual fabric with a lot of stretch. AND they have it in pink, white, and black. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was this . . .

this . . .

and of course this . . .

I really couldn’t even wait twenty-four hours to make something from it. I used the technique for making a basic pillowcase dress, adding a jersey lining (since the ruffles are almost-just-might-be-but-not-quite see-through) and changing it up a little to accomodate the knit fabric. Freshly Picked has a good tutorial for pillowcase dresses. When you’re making one with your own fabric, rather than a pillowcase, you’ll need to sew the side seams and hem it yourself. If you’re using a knit, or that fabulous ruffle fabric, simply replace the bias tape with 2-inch strips of knit cut perpendicular to the grain, selvedge to selvedge (not on the bias as with woven fabrics); this makes a sort of thin ribbing. Iron it like you would bias tape, sew one side onto the front of your dress, right sides together and with raw edges even, stretching a little tiny bit as you go. Then, fold it over, pin, and topstitch through all layers, being careful to catch both the front and the back ribbing as you go. Voila!

I grabbed enough of the ruffle fabric to make my youngest a little dress as well. How cute will they be wearing their ruffles on vacation next week? Vacation?! Yikes! I’ve got WAY more sewing to do!


PS — If you haven’t entered my Fourth of July Giveaway (a $25 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts), what are you waiting for?! You can still enter HERE.

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