I’ll tell you what I’m NOT doing on my mom’s birthday…
From the front it’s not so bad…
I’ve had this dress since Summer. If you’re a regular reader of mine you might have noticed my old (as in former) flabby arm situation as this pic was taken pre-surgery. Plus, my hair is a little blonder in these pics… Kudos if you noticed. Unfortunately, you get nothing for that observation; just the knowledge that you’re awesome 🙂
I had NO idea what to with this stupid thing and finally inspiration hit me!
I shortened the lining right at the side slit.
I know it’s lining, but it’s in good shape so I’m going to use it for the main body of my shirt.
Using one of my favorite shirts as a pattern, I cut a new yoke from the sequined fabric
I mean I like sequins as much as the next girl but… less is more.
My arm pits/sleeves are smaller than the lining piece as you can see. But if you’ll remember, I cut the lining fabric right at the slit so that one side of the lining is completely open at the moment… I sewed that seam shut on our Janome 634D serger (Taking in the lining to match the smaller sequined fabric while I was at it).
Now, I can sew the lining to the sequined fabric
I used the same serger for this, but for the remaining raw edges it was easier to use a sewing machine.
Now I’m ready to celebrate my mom’s birthday, which just-so-happens to be New Year’s Eve 🙂
I’ll be honest, I had to shorten the length on the lining fabric about 8 more inches (You’d think after 33 years, I wouldn’t be in denial about my short stature!). I also had to tweak the sleeves a little bit as one was a little more fitted than the other…
So, still being honest, and as you can CLEARLY see for yourself… my arms are still flabby 😦 I’m trying not to be inconsolable about it… Maybe they’re still swollen (My nose is still swollen 7 months post-op). Maybe my expectations were too high… maybe I’m too hard on myself. Maybe I just need to get out my dumbbells and git ‘r done.
It was just a quiet little NYE/Bday party with a few of us (Minus Muffin… he was gigging ’til 2AM #MusicianLife).
I hope everyone had a Happy New Year!
I know we had fun hanging out and celebrating mom’s birthday 🙂