What are you doing Mom’s Birthday?

I’ll tell you what I’m NOT doing on my mom’s birthday…

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Wearing THIS

From the front it’s not so bad…

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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 πŸ™‚

I had NO idea what to with this stupid thing and finally inspiration hit me!

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Chop!

I shortened the lining right at the side slit.

I'm pointing to it.
I’m pointing to it.

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

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I mean I like sequins as much as the next girl but… less is more.

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Is it starting to make sense?

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).

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Now, I can sew the lining to the sequined fabric

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This can be tricky… just think of it as a big sleeve. Sew it right sides together.

I used the same serger for this, but for the remaining raw edges it was easier to use a sewing machine.

One final touch.
One final touch.

Now I’m ready to celebrate my mom’s birthday, which just-so-happens to be New Year’s Eve πŸ™‚

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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…

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My indoor shots turned out better than these outdoor ones, which never happens πŸ™‚
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Cold-shoulder sleeve… again. I need an intervention!

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.

Moving on.

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The birthday mom. She’s so cute πŸ™‚

It was just a quiet little NYE/Bday party with a few of us (Minus Muffin… he was gigging ’til 2AM #MusicianLife).

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She’s CUTthroat at games
She was mad, literally, really mad when I won.
She was mad, literally, really mad when I won.
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Candid

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year!

I know we had fun hanging out and celebrating mom’s birthday πŸ™‚

Sparklecollage

14 thoughts on “What are you doing Mom’s Birthday?

  1. This looks really cute now as a new top, but I would take off 3 inches in length if I were you. Take a look in the mirror and fold the bottom of the shirt up about 3 inches and see how it looks. You will get a longer looking leg and will look slimmer too. As it is now the shirt cuts across your body at its widest point.

    1. I’m convinced I have the largest outer thighs on planet earth… I try to hide them, so to take another 3 inches off terrifies me!!! πŸ™‚ I’ll try it though… I can’t say I’ll like it, but I’ll try it πŸ˜‰

  2. I thought your arms looked fine in the before pictures, so … yep, you’re being too hard on yourself πŸ™‚

    Love the top. Just the right amount of sparkle, and the colour is beautiful on you.

  3. That really made me laugh, reading about your Mum being a sore loser… at Smart Ass (whatever that is!), haha! Couldn’t you have let the lady win on her special day? πŸ˜‰ And gorgeous top, love the colour on you x

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