My baby girl is 4 (well, yesterday)! And of course, we have a new dress to celebrate the occasion! While a new birthday outfit has been a standard since she was born, last year was the first year that she really got involved with telling me how she wanted her outfit to look (see last year’s special request dress and bell-bottom set!). This year, she came with two requests again – a comfy knit dress, and a “twirly” dress. She picked the knit fabric earlier in the year during a trip to JoAnn, but we made a special trip to choose what she wanted for the “twirly” dress. This girl loves all things Nightmare Before Christmas, so I chose a week when the licensed character fabrics were on sale, assuming that she’d pick something Jack and Sally-related. She surprised me with her fabric choice, but I love it just as much as she does! A tossed print featuring the sugar skulls of the Coco characters!
My September “Make My Stash” fabric choice was a really beautiful cut of soft, warm sand colored knit with just a hint of gold metallic thread woven throughout. I purchased this from Measure Fabric in 2021, always thinking it would make the perfect “secret pajamas” wedding guest dress, but I didn’t have a particular pattern in mind at the time. Nor was I in need of a wedding guest dress! So of course, onto the shelf it went to wait. When we learned a friend of ours would be getting married in October, I put this on my make my stash sew list right away!
When I chose my August 2022 stash-busting project, I wanted to focus in on something that would help me start to make the transition into autumn! In 2021, I purchased a couple of very cute printed satins from Fabric Godmother with the plan of finally trying out the Saltwater Slip pattern. While I had success sewing a satin Sicily Slip Dress for my brother-in-law’s wedding last year, satin still feels slippery and scary to me, so I decided if I ever wanted to sew those three cuts of pretty satin, I needed a plan to just dive in and do it. I chose this fun, rust colored satin with sassy little ladies all over it and put it on the list.
The Marlo Sweater exists to make all of your cozy grandpa dreams come true, and it is most certainly doing it for me! I wish I had sewn this pattern as soon as I received the fabric, but instead I put it off for a little while because the pattern felt a little intimidating to me. It felt like the outcome must warrant a pretty detailed or difficult process, and I was a little bit nervous that I would mess it up somehow. It turns out that no matter how long you’ve been sewing, things will still seem a little bit out of reach from time to time.