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26 April 2013

I Sewed a Dress!

This is what the pattern suggested the dress might look like.



And this is how it turned out by the time I was done with it! Hurray! My first dress sewn on my sewing machine!


I'm rather well-known for my tendency to be emphatically different. You could look at it as a genetic predisposition  for, after all, I was born left-handed into a right-handed world. Some might argue that I live differently for no good reason, just for the heck of it. And, on occasion, I'd say they'd be right. I had no good reason for my vicious opposition to skinny jeans in the past, really, other than the fact that everyone else loved them.

However, for me, being different is a way of life. From boycotting random articles of clothing (i.e. shorts, peplums, and floral print pants), to majoring in an rather unusual subject, to refusing to eat any and all fast food, to declining to watch current popular tv shows....if you know me, you know that if everyone's doing something, I'm most likely not doing it.

I think an accurate word for me would be ornery. I honestly really enjoy living outside the more common lifestyle. If everyone's interested in having Pinterest-friendly houses, I prefer hand-me-down furniture rejected from my grandparent's house to spending a dollar on stuff that you only really need to sit on and put bookshelves in.

When other people talk about enjoying a nice glass of wine, I'm over here saying: "I gave alcohol one chance and it tasted yucky, so never again!"

This isn't a new characteristic for me. Angel's told me more than once that he thought I was really weird when he first got to know me. I don't think his judgement of the weirdness has been altered since then, he's just grown to appreciate it a little more. I was a teenager when for some class project, we were assigned to write those six-word memoirs, and what I came up with is: "I'm different, to make a difference."

And I hope those six words do become true of me. I've always heard talk of peer pressure, and occasionally I've seen it in action, but I've never actually felt it myself. To give a current example, even though I'm currently surrounded by lovely pregnant ladies, I feel absolutely no pressure to join the club. The fact that everyone else is doing something never makes me feel any inclination to do what they are doing. . What I hope is that people do notice the differences in the way I live my life--not just the silly differences that I'm mentioning here, but the important ones, and I hope that seeing my way of living a life not dictated by the fashions of the time will encourage others not to be bound by that peer pressure, either.

I know that for many people, style, fashion, and what everyone around them is doing does matter, and does influence them, and I want to give people hope that it doesn't have to be that way! And one more thing I must make clear--my different-ness....the fact that I have no interest whatsoever in being normal...does not come from me. I believe it's a gift of God.

After all, I'm a 20-something, grown, married woman waltzing around the grocery store in a SPARKLY and POLKA-DOTTED red and purple home-made dress and high heels, and smiling about it. That kind of freedom/creativity/insanity/pure weirdness can't be  blamed on a mere human, so it must be God!
    
 
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33 comments :

  1. Wow I am in total awe of your sewing talent!

    I think being different is good. There are so many people that are the same or following the heard. It is nice to stand out. Some people might call that eccentric, which I have been called, but I call it memorable : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. Wow! your dress is AMAZING! I love it!! This must mean you got over your fear of zippers???

    HUGS!!! And I think your differences are really neat.

    I never felt any pressure to get pregnant either. In fact, before I met Brian, I really didn't want kids (but I tried to want them, because I'm female and stuff. and then realized that I didn't have to.) but when I met B that changed. I wanted his babies. It was the weirdest feeling ever! Especially since we were dating and that sort of thing is generally frowned upon in christian settings! (so we got married) He hee. I really look forward to having his kids one day, if God decides to bless us.

    I've experienced a lot of peer pressure. And given into it. But in college I realized that its stupid, and I really just want to be myself. And then when I graduated I learned to add God to that picture. Now I try to want what he wants, but sometimes its hard.

    I never eat fast food. Its yuckie.

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  3. Sparkles, polka dots, patterned tights and the cutest shoes! Looks like you're loving it, keep on rocking your look :)

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  4. you did an amazing job!

    and re: alcohol being disgusting...i totally agree. i can drink a really fruity drink, but beer is disgusting to me. all i can smell/taste is the yeast. and wine smells like finger nail polish remover.

    and as far as babies, i never wanted any. but apparently God had different plans for me. now whenever i see a pregnant lady, my uterus shrinks a little bit. i'm done.

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  5. You've got some skills! That's awesome that you sewed that!

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  6. Congrats, that looks awesome. I have a banquet coming up. Should I put in my order now? lol
    -Reese

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  7. Your first dress? WOW, you really did an awesome job on this dress Rachel. Way to go. And every grocery store needs a little sparkle. A little bit Dorothy maybe...ornery though, nuh uh.

    Sue xo

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  8. That dress is super cute! I can't believe that's the first one you've sewn.

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  9. Love it love it love it. The dress, and this post. I really like the addition of the red poka dotted sleeves. I'm not really one to follow the fashions or what other people are doing unless it's something I actually want to do. I resisted skinny pants forever until I saw a pair I thought would look good, and not like they had to be surgically removed. I won't do the floral jeans though, that's just not me, or my style. I think being different should be celebrated. Why would I want to be like everyone else?

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  10. oh gosh, i just love everything about this!

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  11. That is some serious skills. I tried sewing a coat once...epic, epic fail. You probably love project runway as much as I do, it's my secret fantasy to be a designer.

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  12. you go girl!!! what a huge accomplishment. :) one day, i want to learn how to sew...

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  13. I am super impressed that you made that. And the words you just wrote about yourself are beautiful.

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  14. Wow, you have some talent on the sewing machine! I'm impressed, and the dress looks great! I'm glad you made some alterations...different fabrics, etc. The original dress was a nice start but not "you" enough :)

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  15. Your dress turned out really nice!

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  16. I absolutely love that dress! I am also so jealous that you made it, and that makes it even more awesome. And those shoes are amazing.
    I love your words about yourself, that you are different to make a difference. I'm going to share those words with my daughter. She's 12 and definitely does not conform to what everyone else does, and it's a struggle for her sometimes.

    OvertiredMommy.com

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  17. Yours turned out WAY cuter than the example! I love it!! You are impressive at sewing girl! I had no idea. And I think its always good to be different. I like that quote "be yourself. Everyone else is taken."
    Jessi
    Haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  18. It´s so pretty and I LOVE that red polka dotted sleeves and the floral accents that you placed on the neckline! :)

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  19. Llovley dress, lovin the polka dot sleeves and your shoes :)

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  20. Wow! That looks 100x better than the model template. You are one talented and lovely lady! I've really enjoyed your outfits this week!

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  21. ur sooo talented, I cant sew a button ;s btw I joined from aqeela hop post and subscribed via GFC, would love to see more posts like this one xx

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  22. Fabulous dress and an even better attitude toward life!

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  23. I love how different you are, and I totally agree that it is God-given. I've always been a little different to an extent too, and it's so freeing :)

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  24. you are awesome! what a great testament to be who you are! and i'm SO impressed with your dress!

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  25. Your dress looks better than the one on the cover of the pattern. Yours is adorable, very current, and the flowers with matching sleeves makes it pop. Great job!

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  26. digging the neckline on the pattern illustration, and your take on it is really cute. =) red and purple are such fun together!

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  27. Congrats! This is certainly an accomplishment. You should feel really proud.

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  28. Aw man - I was hoping I'd be able to get a dress just like this somewhere. =) You're a really talented and gorgeous seamstress. =)
    ~Callie
    www.creationsbycallie.com

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  29. It turned out so well. I should try make a dress soon. I used to avoid clothes that are in fashion, but then I realised you can't find them anymore when they're out of fashion. So now I get something while it's available if I like it. All our furniture came from family :)

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  30. I love your free spirit and creativity! Great job on the dress...and how I would LOVE to have your waist!!! Thanks so much for linking up with the BEST OF!!! I hope you have a wonderful week!!!
    xx, Kristen

    The Mrs. and The Momma

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  31. I've made a few dresses in my day...but none of them turned out THAT good :) Well, except for maybe the pillowcase dress with the handmade sunflower applique I made for my niece's 2 year birthday present. That was pretty cute. But she's 2, and all 2 year old clothes are cute :)

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