Saturday, December 17, 2016

Halfway Through Dressember!

December, and thus Dressember, is just over halfway through, and I have managed to make it this far while wearing a dress every day. If you are able to donate to help victims of human trafficking, you can find my fundraiser here.

Honest? It's so weird. I don't actually wear dresses that often at any time of year, and if it's cold? Fugeddaboutit. So this has definitely been a challenge, and way out of the norm for me. Some days it's actually fun, and I've tried out some funkier style choices. Some of them I think I'll probably wear again. Other days? I really, really just want to put on my jeans and a t-shirt, especially when it's below freezing. Those days, choosing from my limited supply of dresses can be very hard. But no longer do I find it weird to layer a sweatshirt over a dress! The best thing I ever did, though, was buy fleece lined tights. They are so cozy, and warmer than my leggings. These tights have made this challenge bearable.

I attempted to hem a dress that I didn't like the length of. It's a brown sundress that I've had for years, I think it was maybe originally a swimsuit coverup? I don't remember. It cannot be worn without a layer underneath at any time of year, or being chilly would be the least of my problems, so I haven't worn it much. But I got a bit ahead of myself, mismeasured, and sliced off about twice as much length as I should have. I'm not convinced it still qualifies as a dress until I fix the length again, but I wore it as one anyway, over my brand new Peg Legs in Serenity fabric. No brown coat, so a brown dress had to do.

One new dress has been made so far this month! It's nothing fancy - I used the Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up Shirt and just flared it from the waist and lengthened it to be a dress. I used a black bamboo knit that I've been hoarding for the last year or two, and it's sooooo soft and comfortable. It clings more than I hoped around the middle, but that's what I get for winging it. It's still super comfortable, and it works really well for layering a t-shirt over. And it's the only long sleeved dress in my closet right now, so I guess I just need to remember to do some more planks! ;)

Most of my dresses are store bought. Thrown in are the new one, a polka dot Lady Skater, and my fox Free Spirit Tank dress. I've also gotten a lot of use out of some handmade layers. My Layer Me Up Shirts have put in appearances, as have my Women's Raglan and Julia Cardigan. I've so far been successful at switching up the layering so that I haven't worn the same outfit twice. Still two weeks to go, though. Follow me over on Instagram if you're curious to see my daily selfies before the end of the month!

Friday, December 2, 2016


Have you ever heard of Dressember? Until yesterday, neither had I. The Dressember Foundation was created to raise funds to end human trafficking. All money raised goes to International Justice Mission and the A21 Campaign. There are millions of victims across the globe who have been trafficked into slavery. Every one of them deserves freedom and justice.

I may have missed the first day, but as of December 2, 2016, I'll be participating by wearing a dress every day for the month of December. If you'd like to donate, you can find my fundraising page here. For daily updates, follow me over on Instagram.

How is this sewing related? It isn't really, except that I found I only own a handful of dresses. There are a couple of new ones on my to-make list, and while they encourage wearing the same few dresses for Dressember, I'd like to have a couple more to stretch my laundry days! Plus, I may need to make a few new layering pieces to wear with said few dresses. There, now it's sewing related!

Today I'm wearing a storebought dress with a Julia Cardigan

So check out Dressember and get involved!