Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All White

Well hello there....

I've been so, so busy these last couple of weeks, and I feel like I've neglected my blog and my blog friends; and for that....I am truly sorry. However, I do have a great treat in store for today's blog post.

As mentioned previously I was working on an all white collection for my family reunion. Our family reunion is every other even year and is in different places each time. I come from a very, very big family. The reunion starts Friday night and goes until Sunday morning. Saturday is our BBQ and a banquet in the evening. This year it was in Jackson, Mississippi and we had and all white themed banquet. And when I say our family is big.....our total count was about 250 people and that's not even a third of our total family members!

Anyways, I decided to make my immediate family's white outfits. I started in early May and finished the day before we left for Mississippi, which was July 14th. Unfortunately I don't have great "blog quality" pics of each item, but I do have a few actions shots.

On with the show:

Here are my darling sweet girls

The young lady on the right is my dear, sweet oldest daughter Kaylen. She is sporting McCalls M6894, which is sadly now OOP. Her dress is made up with some white sanded charmeuse from JoAnn's, and it is a dream to work with. I highly recommend this fabric for any type of special occasion sewing. It is also lined with white poly lining.

 Because I didn't get any really good shots of them modeling their dresses, I'm forced to put it on my dress form (which doesn't fit too well). Oh well! As you can see, the pattern features a side cut out, which is super appropriate for my 16 year old daughter. I found some cute silver sequin trim at JoAnn, and popped that right on.

I also used that same trim for the straps.

Construction on her dress was very easy. As stated before, it is fully lined and has boning in the bodice for support. The pattern has one strap, but she liked it with two, so I added another strap just for her! Other than adding another strap and taking about an inch off the bottom, I didn't make any other fit changes. The dress out of the envelope was already pretty short, but I'm sure you know how teenagers can be....

This is my youngest daughter, Aniyah's dress. She is my bling, bling child. Her dress is McCalls 6838. Her dress is made up with a poly satin bodice and under skirt and poly chiffon, all from JoAnn's. Aniyah's bodice is lined and has boning as well. When I was done constructing her dress, I felt that it needed something more. She suggested some bling. I found this cute silver trim at JoAnn's and tacked it on at the bottom of the bodice. The pattern does not call for straps, but she's 13 and I don't need her to grow up any sooner, so I added straps with the trim.

This is a horrible pic, but I wanted to show the how the chiffon overlays on the underskirt. I rolled the hem of the chiffon to create a "ripple" effect.

 On to the boys....

Again...not great pics, but you get the picture.
My son is sporting a full linen suit. I used Burda 9433 for the jacket and the pants. Not too much to say about it. The jacket is fully lined and I added about 2 inches to the pants. I do love how the pants include an elastic waist band in the back. His pants feature a full fly zip and two cute little butt buttons.

 His jacket is a simple classic blazer, with one little pocket on the left side.

His suit is made up with some poly/rayon linen look alike from JoAnn. Let me just say this about this fabric: I love, love, love it. If I wouldn't have known, I would have sworn is was linen/rayon. It wrinkles like hell, but it is sooooo luxurious to wear and sew. I don't think that I will ever use 100% linen ever again. I bought the whole bolt at my local JoAnn, so be ready to see a lot of white linen-look projects on the future of this blog.

My husband's suit was made very similar to my son's suit. I used the same linen also. For his suit I used Burdastyle 04/2014 #128 and the pants I used Burdastyle 04/2014 #129. Both patterns were fairly easy to sew, but I did purchased a video tutorial on the jacket through Burdastyle to help me along in case I needed the help (which I really didn't).

 For some odd reason, my husband loves to wear his sleeves rolled up. It doesn't matter if it's a shirt, jacket or coat, he rolls them up all the time. Anyways, this was the best pic that I had of his suit. The fit was great and I liked how it's more of a casual jacket.

And for the grand finale....my dress!!!!

Oh my dress....what can I say? I love my dress. While busy sewing, sewing, sewing away, I was thinking all the while about my dress. I wanted to save my dress for last because I wanted to put extra time into making it right. I knew that I wanted something backless, slinky and long. So I went searching for the perfect pattern. I found McCalls 3057, which is OOP, and it was perfect.

I used the same Sanded Charmeuse fabric that I used for my oldest daughter and I completely underlined the dress. Aside from chopping off 3 inches and another 2 inches for hemming, I made absolutely no changes. The whole pattern is cut on the bias and that makes the dress drape so, so well. I used some rhinestone trim for the straps, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

So....let's talk about those straps for a second. The trim is just a row of rhinestones. I had no idea how I was going to attach them to my dress. When worn, the dress was just a tad bit heavy, so I was worried that the straps wouldn't hold. Plus you can't really machine sew on rhinestone (not a good idea). So, I pulled two stones apart just a little and used my hand wheel on the machine, back and forth a few times and followed up with hand sewing them on. Worked like a charm!

Here's the beautiful back view:

And the front:

I'm not sure if you can see it, but the front drapes into a cowl neck. When I tried it on, it looked more like a bib, so I tacked it down on each side to drape how I wanted. From start to finish, this dress took me a whole 3 days to construct; super easy.

Overall, I am very, very pleased with my collection. This was the first time that I have ever sewed for someone other than myself. I pushed myself to some extreme limits and challenged myself at every turn. I'm super pleased with myself. But I don't think I want to sew any more white clothing for a long while.

I hope you enjoy

Until next time,


  1. You did an amazing job on all the outfits!!! Each one is perfect!!

  2. Amazing sewing, it must have taken ages to sew all of them, they are all fab but your dress is utterly stunning.

  3. Beautiful dresses! The drape is gorgeous.


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