Last year, I asked a huge favor of my sweet, beautiful and talented grandma Harris. I have seen her make so many gorgeous clothes throughout my life and for whatever reason, have never asked her to make me any! So when my grandparents asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I knew exactly what to ask for. A pretty floral dress!
In September, I was able to visit my grandparents in Illinois and we went shopping for some fabric! I had THE hardest time narrowing down the style/pattern I wanted (my poor grandpa probably wanted to blow his brains out because of how long it was taking for me to make up my mind, bless his heart!), and when I did find something I liked, there wasn’t enough fabric available for it (story of my life). The process was so much fun though! We sat looking at catalogs for what seemed like hours and I even had my grandpa give his style expertise as to which fabric he liked best (sorry I didn’t go with your favorite, gramps!). Finally, I came across this gorgeous, black, floral fabric and just fell in love with it. I’m a sucker for a black dress in general, but throw some pretty florals in the mix and I go crazy!
I showed my grandma several examples of different styles I liked for the dress and I am still blown away by how perfectly she designed it. Initially I was wanting something longer and more flowy, but after finding this fabric, I decided to go a different, more classy route with the design. My grandma made this dress without having the luxuries of me nearby to try it on or to help with the process. But she’s a pro, because it only took one small adjustment to get it where it needed to be. And folks, it is absolutely gorgeous! She left the waist wider because I told her that I had a brown leather belt that I thought would look good with the dress and it was definitely the perfect finishing touch! I knew that I wanted to save this beauty to wear for Easter. It just screams spring, and I’ve been over here counting down the months til I get to show it off!
One of these days, I hope to be able to spend a whole lot more time than I do now with my grandparents and have my grandma teach me her sewing ways. I would absolutely love to make some of my own clothes, as well as clothes for my future kiddos, and if I’m going to learn from anybody, I want it to be her! With the busyness of the holidays and how distant all of our family is from each other, it’s almost impossible to get any quality time with anyone once we’re all together. So to have that special day with my grandparents, just the three of us, meant so much and I’ll cherish those memories for the rest of my life. Thank you grandma for all of the time, love, and hard work you put into making my gorgeous Easter dress! I could not be any more obsessed with it.
Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I hope you all have a lovely Easter with your families.
Oh, and Happy Spring!