When I was thinking about returning to blogging, one of the biggest roadblocks I encountered was trying to figure out a name for the site. Because I’m not one that can come up with catchy phrases and taglines, it was truly a major challenge. I worried and stressed and worried and stressed some more. But as I was browsing thru my old Instagram and Facebook photos one day, I realized I was always using the hashtag, #YesIMadeMyDress. The hashtag actually came about because times when I would wear something I created out and about, I would get a compliment. When I would be asked where I bought the garment, I would tell the person that I made it myself. The questions that usually followed would be “You really made that” or “I can’t believe you made that outfit”. My humble reply would be “Yes, I made my dress.” All the time, the one thing I was stressing about was right under my nose but I allowed overthinking and worrying to blind me.
On to the dress…
This look was definitely inspired by my love of a fun vintage dress. There’s truly something special about the eras when women wore nothing but cinched waist dresses and full skirts. I used Butterick pattern 5708, which I’ve had for a while and but never even bothered to cut it, to achieve this modernized vintage dress look.
For the fabric, I used a wax print cotton picked up during my trip to Nigeria last December. I loved this print a lot and ended up buying 12 yards of it. Have y’all noticed my extreme fabric buying habits yet? But to my defense, I have a few more looks in mind to create with the fabric. The vintage dress is the first of the looks.
The pattern called for a petticoat to be worn under the skirt to give more body or fluff. Because I don’t really have a need for one in my closet, I wore an old tulle skirt I created a while ago instead. It did the job just fine. I didn’t modify the pattern much, just shortened the dress by 2 inches.
The look was paired with these Jeffery Campbell shoes which are unfortunately sold out but these are just as cute. I wore the dress to an event with my mom and will definitely wear it a couple more times.
It’s so funny how we stress ourselves out about minor things but a lot of us are equipped with the tools to handle what life sends us. I have to admit that I’m a natural worrier. I stress about things that I can’t change and worry about life’s unexpected turns. But a lot of my worrying has subsided because I have learned to trust that things will fall in place and I can handle any challenge. I figured as long as I keep positively thinking and facing the challenges head on, things will fall in place. So all that stressing about trying to find a blog name wasn’t all that necessary because all I had to do was force myself to stop worrying and work thru the roadblocks. How do y’all handle challenges that lead to stress and worrying?