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Friday, April 14, 2017

An Unfinished Easter Dress

I was planning to wear such a cute dress on Easter.

I had found three yards of a sweet pink and blue vintage fabric at an estate sale for $3. I bought it thinking I was going to make a midi skirt.

Then I went to the fabric store and they had the most darling pattern ever on display…

It was on sale for $2.

Option “B” was my favorite. It needed just three yards for the main part of the dress and half a yard for the collar and belt tabs. I just KNEW I had 1/2 a yard of vintage fabric at home that would match.

There were unicorn visions of creating the world’s cutest dress for under $10 (since I had to buy a zipper).

The sewing of the front bodice required three attempts before I got it right.

It was also my first time doing an inset cap sleeve. Let’s just say the seam ripper and I became best friends even though I hate the seam ripper.

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Still I persevered because the cuteness potential was KILLING me!

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But then it was midterms…

I still had to work at my internship…

Sweet Guy’s Eagle project was approved so now it’s full steam ahead with that…

My family also had the audacity to want clean clothes and full bellies.

So, there has been no time to finish one dress.

It joins the ever growing pile of other unfinished, hot mess of projects on the “to do” list like:

1. Ripping out and replacing the kitchen flooring.

2. Slipcovering the front room chairs.

3. Responding to all the lovely people who have left such nice BLOG COMMENTS.

4. I also had grand dreams of decorating the house for Easter and creating an amazing tablescape.

Reality check: My table still looks like this… from 4 weeks ago.


But guess what? The unfinished reality of it all….

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None of it matters.

So just go ahead & let it play like the perfect little number in your head today: "He makes me more than enough for this, gives me more than enough for this, & we already know how this race works out, it's already done, finished, there was more. than. enough. & it's *WON*" You can count on it as sure & gentle as your own heartbeat today: Jesus doesn't yell at you like a Life Sergeant: "Come on, Get it done." Jesus comes beside you like a Life Savior & whispers: "Come to Me, It Is Finished.":

So don’t stress if your unimportant Easter preparations aren’t done.

Because what IS important…

A truly Good Friday indeed.



Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...


I'm so glad "It is finished!"


P.S. Mother's Day ...

Jan Tanis said...

AMEN!! I love the cute dress and fabric!

Daniela said...

My Dearest One,
what a lovely dress you were going to prepare, it won my heart with its sweetness and with the fabrics you've chosen I think it's going to become even prettier than the one in the model !!!

But you're so right, the most important thing is to celebrate our Savior, who resurrected for us all ... we always plan so many things to do, maybe our days are too short ... probably you're finishing it for next Sunday and you'll dress it when you'll go to the Church :) !

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter
with heartfelt gratitude


Auntie Em said...

Take a break and go easy on yourself. Your pretty dress will be lovely to wear when ever you get it done. You don't have to do all the chores and housework on your own (Men and even young men can push the buttons on the washer and dryer, cook and even do dishes. I know...amazing isn't it!) You are an awesome lady who is taking on the world, going to school, working and raising a family. Savor each moment and enjoy the process. Before long your family will be on their own and your days will be full of quiet time.

Linda said...

I fully agree which is why I've learned what matters and what doesn't. Our house is lived-in after 17 years since we built it and there are projects that should be done and they will get done whenever. I tackle what I can and that's it. I work full-time outside the home and am not only Mom and Wife, but a Caretaker to my parents. It's hard to juggle the daily demands and sometimes I get very overwhelmed and filled with anxiety but I remember that God is in control and that I don't HAVE to do everything (those that feel that they do have forgotten that it's a CHOICE). In my opinion, our society is way too busy and they make their children this way as well. When we were growing up, we weren't taught that we had to be involved in something at all times. Our breaks from school were just that - breaks where we simply played outside or did whatever and I'm so glad for that because that's the guidelines that I've tried to carry with me throughout my life. As for Easter - I used to try to come up with all sorts of decor and special dishes, but no one at our house really cares about that other than me. They're happy with simple traditional dishes and the usual decor, so that's what I do. This Easter, as always I'll just cook a midday meal for Jim, Sarah and my parents and Mom won't even know it's Easter, let alone April 16th since she's in full-blown dementia, so there's just no sense stressing over the little things.

Happy Easter blessings to you and yours,

Rita C. said...

Boy, did I need THIS. And no need to answer a comment. Just enjoy your free moments in this Easter weekend.

Jeanie said...

Laura, this is so perfect. I need those words. A person like me needs those words (that's probably you!). We want to do everything, we want to do it right. We want it done on time and when it's not we (at least I) feel like it wasn't good enough. And I know that the world will not end if the house is perfect, I'm wearing last year's Easter ensemble, if I don't dye the eggs the way we always do. Not a coach who pushes. Perfection.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You do more than most of us all the time. I agree, It Is Finished!!!! Happy Easter

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

What a perfect post and don't worry about replying. We are just happy you made the post. Love, Love, love the dress pattern and fabric! i wish my dining table looked as well as yours! Focus on the important stuff and all else will fall in place. Happy Easter, mary in Az

Marilyn said...

Even with just a glimpse of the dress you're working on, I think you have definitely have achieved the cuteness you mentioned. It looks so very feminine and so very chic. Hopefully we get the full reveal when the dress is finished!

You have to prioritize in life and I think you have yours in perfect order. As far as holiday decorating-cooking-baking, I love the old adage, "it's not what's on the table, but who's in the chairs".

I hope you're dining room chairs are filled with people you love! :-) That's what really matters!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

ellen b. said...

Our beautiful Savior paid it all...

Sweet dress patterns.

Ginene Nagel said...

The dress is absolutely darling and I so need to read the words you posted. That is the only thing that really matters. I often think of a friend's grandmother who died while painting a dresser yellow many, many years ago. I remember that we get up in the morning with our plans and who knows? We might meet our Maker instead.
Thank you, Laura.

Barbara H. said...

That dress looks adorable so far! And it will be nice whenever it gets done. Your decorations still look Easter-y. Blessed truth that what truly matters has been finished by Him!

Mary Sorensen said...

Wonderful post today. : ) LOVE the dress - it will look wonderful on you (when finished). LOL

And, yes, what a blessing - "It is finished." What a Savior!!

Have a blessed Easter weekend.
Love, Mary

Christine said...

Amongst all the pretties, you have a powerful message! Love it!!

handmade by amalia said...

I am amazed at your skill, Laura, the dress is gorgeous. I'm sure that it will be finished soon and meanwhile, don't stress, your priorities are elsewhere right now. Happy Easter!

GSGreatEscaper said...

That dress will be available to wear on another occasion - maybe your graduation? As for Easter, well, resurrect something from the closet because the important parts of the holiday are being not doing (of course, I'm just taking a break from cleaning up and cooking for tomorrow to write this!)

Michele said...

Your gorgeous dress will be there waiting for a possible tea party for the summer, how about that? Garden tea parties for spring and summer are so awesome.

Tasks. They do keep us from what we were made to do, which is praise God morning, noon and night!

Ever thankful of the good news He is Risen.

Hugs and happy Easter joy to you and yours, Laura. ♥