Inspirations from my Fabric Stash: Dress #1 for Mom (oranges and teals)

November 6th, 2014

With Tucson Fashion Week just a week and a half away, my mom went to Target and bought herself a dress! Needless to say, I was a little (okay, a lot!) disappointed. I happen to love Target clothes, but this was Tucson Fashion Week! I wanted her to wear of my Teagan’s Creations dresses. But…I have to admit, I’d never made her one. I’ve made her skirts in the past, and even a shirt. But, I’d never made her a full dress. Since I had a budget of $0, I dug through my stored fabric and came up with a plan. The plan included my mom taking that Target dress back to the store.

I started with a dress that I’d started making Mom about a year ago. She’d seen this fabric at JoAnn Fabrics and she’d love it, so I got some. The problem was, I’d only made clothes for myself and my sister at that point, and so the original dress was about 4 sizes too small for my mom… With a strong conviction that I was going to “Make it Work!” (a la Tim Gunn) I cut out the side seams and put in racer stripes of the same fabric down both sides of the dress. I also made the arm and neck holes bigger, and voila! It fit! This is the first dress that I’ve ever made for my mom. I think it turned out pretty nice. She was even told that (by Emmy Award-Winning Stylist & Best-Selling Author David Zyla on the second night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014) that the dress was “her” colors. I think she already knew that though.

I didn’t make a sketch for this one, I just went for it. Here is my mom, Lisa, with me. These photos were taken by our friend, Peg Raisglid. Peg is owner and founder of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Cafe, our favorite Tucson restaurant. We went out to eat before the fashion show that night. It was a very good day!

 

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