I hope all is well. A favorite Bible verse of mine is Jeremiah 29:11 NIV , “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Sometimes in life things don’t always go as I plan or hope, and it can be a major let down. However, in those times I like to reflect on that verse and remember that when things don’t always go my way, it is okay, because God has a plan for me. Since that is the case, His plans must be much greater than I could ever hope for myself. Therefore, when disappointments present, I have to go into complete faith mode and trust that things are going to work out well! Now this is even true in my sewing life, LOL!
And with that being said….Let’s get into this week’s DIY look for Fabric Mart. A DIY A-line skirt and high-low crop top.
I must first start by telling you that I was thrilled to see Fabric Mart carrying Thakoon designer fabric. It is 100% double-faced silk satin and it is from Thakoon’s pre-fall 2015 collection. When it went on sale for $16 a yard, I jumped on the opportunity to order it! (*as of the date of this post all designer fabric is 60% off, make sure you click the fabric’s link to see the *special price*, hurry while the fabric and sale last). Not only was I excited about the fabric, but I was so excited about using it to make McCall’s M7537….a pattern I have been anxious to sew!
Well, you all, things did not go as planned. Mid-way through stitching up this pattern with this fabric, I was disappointed in the way it was turning out. The two things that I was most excited about, just were not working well together. It looked very…MEH! I had already cut my fabric pieces out, so I really didn’t have a ton of options for picking another pattern. On top of that I made a scheduling error and had already missed the deadline for when I should have submitted my blog post to Fabric Mart (the 5th week of the month threw me off). Thankfully Fabric Mart understood and extended my deadline, but I was still in a time crunch to get it done.
So there I was close to 2: 00 am, with a project that I could not bring myself to complete, and not sure what I was going to do. My wonderful plans just were not working out AT ALL and I was terribly sad. I lost all hope for this project and all I could think about was how could I ruin this gorgeous fabric!!! Those of you that are fabric addicts, understand how devastating that feels (it hurts). So I prayed…I probably cried a little bit, because I have been very emotional lately…and went to sleep! (I am so amused thinking about it all now as I type this, ahaha).
The next evening, I still had no clue what to do. So I prayed again, you know, in case if God didn’t hear me the first few times, HA!
Then it occurred to me, I have been relying a little too much on sewing patterns lately. I needed to go back to those times when I would just make things without a pattern. So with faith…I began constructing this skirt from the bottom piece I had already stitched together for M7537 . Check out Fabric Mart’s blog (here) where I discuss more details.
Once I started constructing the skirt, I had an idea for the top. I used Simplicity 1099 to create a high low crop top. By the end of the night, I had a look that I am absolutely in love with! I thought my Diana dress was my favorite thing that I made this year so far, but I really really love this look too. It is definitely something I would wear often. You can read the sewing and construction details (and where to purchase Thakoon fabric) by going to Fabric Mart’s blog here.
This is just my “sewing example”, but also in my life, when my “perfect” plans fail, I know that it’s probably because God’s plans are better…AND He just has to stir things up to remind me who is in control, LOL. Thanks God (I’m sure You read the blog), I like this look much better. You for sure gave me some hope and a better perspective for the future when I have another sewing catastrophe, ahaha. I am convinced God has a great sense of humor!
Don’t forget to check out the complete blog post at Fabric Mart.
Yours truly, Tee
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