Sew What Do I Wear? Holiday Edition

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The sweet ladies at Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates are hosting a super fun tour- Sew What Do I Wear?  It’s full of amazing inspiration for all of your holiday festivities!

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I’ve been dying to make me a maxi dress ever since I made my girly this version.  Every single time she wears it I get a twinge of jealousy.  We all sit and pet her soft double brushed poly dress and I knew I needed my own BAD!

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With my husband’s Holiday Party quickly approaching I knew this would be the perfect excuse to get sewing.  He recently became the big boss man and I feel like my party attire should be stepped up a notch.  I love that this dress is casual but still has a bit of wow factor.  It also helps that I feel like I’m wearing my pj’s so I’ll be nice and comfortable even if I’m sweating on the inside trying to remember names and put on my best party face.

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I mashed two patterns together for this easy hack.  I used the Mama Ava from Made for Mermaids with the Boundless Dress from Patterns for Pirates.

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I wanted it to hit at my natural waist so I measured from my shoulder to where I wanted it to hit then added 2 inches for seam allowance and to have it blouse a little. I then measured from my waist to the floor (I love my maxi’s to hit the ground) and cut my skirt that long by the width of the fabric.  I constructed the dress per the Boundless tutorial, using 3/4″ elastic in the waist since it was gathering so much fabric there.   I basted the top and the skirt together first, stretching the top to match the skirt then followed the tutorial for adding the elastic. Of course I had to add the Boundless pockets too!

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I need to fill my closet with these!  I couldn’t bring myself to take it off after we did these pics and wore it all day- cleaning house, driving carpool…all those mom duties that suddenly felt a bit more glamorous in a maxi.  This fabric is a dream and I could seriously live in it forever!

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I had the hubby grab pics at lunch one day.  Tell me you all give your guy this look too!  I was cracking up at my “you know what you’re doing, right?” expression.  He did a great job with the pics and I sure loved sneaking off with him for a bit!

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Make sure to check out the other great looks on the tour.  We’re talking  smokin’ hot party outfits, darling family pic looks, and holiday gathering wear.

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