It's Mandatory....Mandatory Delicious!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Last weekend my in-laws came to town to celebrate an early Christmas with us.  Usually, we spend Christmas with them at our home. This year the fam and I are doing something a little different -- we are taking a road trip.  On Wednesday we setting off on a two-day journey to Boulder, Colorado.  My husband is a twin and his twin brother lives on the side of a mountain in Boulder. We are going to spend Christmas with him in the mountains with snow.

Back to last weekend, I did get blog photos of a dress I made in November.  I just didn't write because I was busy cleaning for the in-laws and then hanging out with the family.  We are so blessed to live within 200 miles of family.  And Jules was very excited that he got a gaming gift card from Grandma and Grandpa.  I finished knitting a shawl for my mother in-law that has taken about a year!  I think she liked it.

Anna Dress Hack
BHL Anna Bodice
Size 4
New Look 6390 Skirt
Size 8
3 yards of Timeless Treasure Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Cotton
22" Black invisible zipper
Mettler Black All Purpose Thread
Wrights Maroon Hem tape

There is a Museum of Natural History at the university where I work.  A local filmmaker had used the Museum for a short documentary called Dinosauria.   For the premiere of the short film, I knew I needed had to have a dinosaur dress.  My local fabric shop did not have dinosaur fabric worthy of this epic dress so I turned to the internet and had the Timeless Treasure print. And it GLOWS in the DARK.  Ummmm, yes please!
I decided to use By Hand London's Anna bodice.  I love the fit and more importantly, it has front pleats which sew up very easy.   I wasn't keen on making the skirt -- no pockets.  I crave pockets on just about every dress I make to carry keys and my phone.  I am not on of those ladies with a closet full of purses -- I buy one and use it until it can no longer carry much or I opt not to carry one at all.
I wanted the skirt to twirl and swish but I did not have enough for a full circle skirt.  I choose New Look's 6390 skirt from my pattern stash.  This is a half circle skirt and I managed to ink it out of my remaining fabric by cutting on the bias.  It was butter and jam - perfecto!  My only regret is that I did not allow the dress to hang long enough (hello time-crunch!).  I think I will have to re-hem as the back of the skirt is a tad bit lower than the front.
I introduced the filmmaker on the night of the premiere and when the lights went down, sure enough my fabric glowed!  My son asked why I didn't get more of the fabric to make him a shirt.  And a professor emeritus wanted me to make a tie for him in this fabric. Definite hit on my hands.
And here I am geeking out at the premiere:

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