Good.

It is Easter once more, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to sing my Savior’s praises today! He is so good. When there is nothing good in me, He is good. When we were dead in our sin, He chose to display his goodness and love by dying on a cross to save us. He is good. We can trust in His promises, because He is good. Need I say it again? Yes, He’s good.

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P.S. This is my Easter dress that I made, a copycat of this dress, using this great princess seam tutorial.

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Take Heart.

Hello, my friends! Easter is once more upon us. It is the approximate anniversary of our Savior’s death, His resurrection, and His victory. The Lord has lately been teaching me that we as Christians have nothing to fear because He has overcome all evil and death. In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.” Recently, I read both Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and The Hiding Place; in both books, believers are hurt, ridiculed, and persecuted– they constantly “have trouble.” But oh how they trust and rejoice in God! As the old hymn says, ’tis so sweet to trust in Jesus. In Him, we may have peace. Take heart, because death is a defeated foe, because Christ has overcome the world!

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Here is my Easter dress that I made. I tried to make it look like this one.

Thinking Ahead…

Well, guys, I’m already dreaming up my Easter dress for this year. At this point, I have two options (though I reserve the right to change my mind and go with something completely different!):

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The first one is an old, faded, blue turquoise color, which I love, but my mom says it’s the same color as last year’s dress. That one was sea green! Come on, big difference there. Right? It’s a simple yet very classy pattern— fitted bodice, skirt with inverted box pleats, elegant buttons in the back. I can’t decide if princess seams or vertical darts would be better for this dress. Either way, I can adapt my polka-dot bodice pattern and use it.

The second dress is a carbon-copy of a darling little thing I saw on a blog recently. It’s a sailor dress! I am thinking to make it black and white, instead of navy and white, to take a little of that fishy smell out. It uses elastic to cinch in at the waist. I love the bow and the trim on the collar and pockets. So all this, to ask– which do you like better?

Happy Easter!

Jesus is alive! I’m so glad to be forgiven and to have the hope of eternity with my Lord. I can hardly believe Jesus chose to humble himself to live on this earth and suffer the worst death imaginable. But He did. And He rose again on the third day! An interesting thing someone told me is that Jesus is the only person to ever be resurrected. He raised many people from the dead, but they all died again. He rose from the dead to NEVER DIE!

And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.   Luke 24:38-40

 

This is my nicest dress ever--- I actually lined it!

Maxi-dress

Having finished my Easter dress (which I will post pictures of later this week), I needed a new project. I had a ton of leftovers from my hippie dress. I also have lately been admiring maxi-dresses, which is a huge surprise. For some reason I’ve never liked them, thinking they looked too “organicy,” whatever that means. But in the past week, I saw some cute ones and endeavored to make one. This is seriously the easiest pattern I’ve done. I used the top part of my Easter dress pattern, minus the darts, and just added about 20 inches. It’s so comfy, too! I recommend that anyone with fabric (a lot of it) and a needle make one.

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Easter dress update #2

It’s been slow-going on my dress lately, but I think today I got past the hardest part— the detailing. I have to admit I love it. The single problem with the bodice is that I drafted the armholes a tad bit small. My arms still go through, but they’re just a little bit tight on the underside. Anyways,  it’s turning out 99.5% lovely.

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Easter dress update

I have a confession to make… I did not use a garage sale sheet as my fabric like I had said. Because Easter is quickly and surely approaching and because the chance of finding the perfect colored, right weight sheet at a garage sale is slim, I was forced to buy fabric from an actual fabric store!!! But, it is perfect. And, I got a decent deal on it; so, I’m pretty happy about it. Currently, I have finished the bodice and drafted the patterns for the skirt of it.

 

Easter Dress-PATTERN

I have been drooling over starting this project for at least a month. I have finally begun my Easter dress! A while back, I posted a picture of my inspiration, and I’m still sticking to it.

Sometime soon, I am hoping to go garage-sailing (No, I don’t have a sail-boat in my garage)… garage-saleing?… garage-saling?… garage-selling? (I’m not planning on selling my garage either) Anyways, I hope to find a soft, light green sheet to use as material. Today, I drafted the bodice pattern, which, with a couple hours of total concentration, worked splendidly. This is my first official dart, so study it thoroughly ;)

Bodice pattern and buttons!

Necessary items for pattern-making: polka-dot muslin (practice run), instruction book, measuring tape, ruler, calculator, & plate (for drafting curves such as neck-hole and arm-hole)

Naturally Sweet

I realize I really need to actually start and finish a project, but I keep getting new ideas and fabric, so I can’t stay on one for half a minute. I also realize I’m thinking WAY ahead of myself, but I found my Easter dress that I’m going to make. Mod cloth has some of the cutest, vintage-looking dresses (which is my favorite look). I found this one called “Naturally sweet” and think it’s perfect. I’m betting I can make it from an old garage sale sheet, if I can find the right color. Plus, it’s 90 bucks, and if all goes as planned, I’ll be making it for about $1.

In my “links,” there’s now a link to Mod cloth, in case you want to check it out.