I am quite proud of this little dress. It’s full of flaws, but it’s the first dress I’ve made for Rylee…and because of that, I think I’ll always remember it.
My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was about 10. I remember carefully sewing together these miniature red santa claus suits filled with jolly ranchers to give to all my friends at Christmas time. I actually kept one of them and still have it today. Every time I bring it out during the holidays, it brings me right back to that moment in time with her. I remember it so vividly. Watching over her shoulder and she showed me how to lower the presser foot and reminded me to “never forget to backstitch”. I’ll forever be thankful to her for introducing me to sewing. I never knew it would be something I would grow to love so much. Come high school, I thought I was a pro. My favorite thing to do was take oversized vintage clothes and either tailor them to fit me, or deconstruct them entirely and make them into something new. I started a little “business” where I would make custom skirts for my friends. They would choose the fabric and I’d create the perfect skirt for them. I thought I was killing it at 30 bucks a pop! Ha. But somewhere between college and my first job, my love for that amazing little machine dwindled. It never totally went away, it’s just that other things replaced it. There was a span of about 4 years where I don’t think I even touched it. Fast forward to today and not only have I brought that machine out from hiding, but I have been putting it to work! My passion for sewing has come back in full force and it has everything to do with Rylee. I know a lot of times it’s easy for me to say that being a mom often takes away from my creative productivity….but in other ways….having a daughter totally inspires it. And this is a perfect example!
The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013 – inspired by Jodi
And if you’re interested in the dress making process:
I hand stamped the fabric using foam board cut into a 1″ triangles (doubled up) and soft matte fabric paint by Tulip. I just eyeballed the spacing and made mistakes here and there, but didn’t mind the imperfection. I used the same stamping process as in this DIY if you want to read it more in detail. For the dress pattern, I used a vintage McCall’s pattern that I purchased on etsy (similar here) …but modified it a little for Rylee (and it’s still too big!). If you have any questions feel free to ask….but know that I’m no expert! Happy early Valentines day, friends. xo.