March 2015 archive

My Grown Up Dress

I tend to wear super brights all the time, but I have been wanting a less conspicuous dress in case I need to pretend I’m a grown up. The pattern is the Anna Dress by By Hand London and I just love it! The only changes I made were to shorten the bodice by 1/2 inch and to grade the dress from an 8 at the bodice to a 10 at the hips. Looking back, I don’t think I really needed too, as I would have had enough room for my hips. I do like the exaggerated A line though, so I left it.

The fabric is a now discontinued Lisette cotton Lawn that I got at Joann Fabrics. It is lovely and airy, but it wrinkles so much! Those waist wrinkles? Just from me sitting. I would also would suggest that if you are making this in a drapey fabric, you should pinch some out of the kimono sleeves. In a stiffer fabric they will stick out, but here they wrinkle as I wear it and it drives me insane! It is the only thing I would do differently about this dress.

As for construction, nothing really special. Everything is french seamed, and the zip is a lapped zipper (my favorite kind!) using this tutorial. I did use seam binding on the hem because I think it is fun.

Looking forward to wearing this now that the weather is warming up. What lovely things are you making?

I’m Back!

I missed blogging! I took an unexpected (and super long!) break due to illness. I dragged my feet coming back because of insecurity. I never really felt like I found my writing voice, like I was a very stiff and formal version of myself. I also felt like the type of blog I had was the wrong direction for me. I was trying so hard to be “super crafty fun mom” (hence my old name, “Manic Pixie Dream Mom”) but it was just not who I really was.

Being ill forced me to look at things differently. Having children in my early 20′s and then experiencing chronic illness really took up all of my time, so there wasn’t a lot of room for self care. For a long time, I convinced myself it didn’t matter, that it was over and I was a mom and a wife and not much else. It turns out it does matter (surprise!) and it was weighing on me.

My medical stuff is mostly sorted out, and I will be turning 29 in a few short weeks. My children are going to school in the fall. This blog will be my place where I figure out my purpose. There will still be pictures of my children and sewing, because I love those things. I also love shoes, fashion, art and eco friendly makeup! I love photography and dance! “Whimdulgence” is me allowing myself the fun I couldn’t have in the last decade. I hope you will follow along as I explore these new aspects of my life.