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Three of My Favorite Things: Him, HBCUs, and Sewing

Hi Loves!

I'm so excited about this post because I get to talk about 3 of my favorites: my hubby, HBCUs, and sewing.

I ❤ my husband.  He's really My Guy!  I'm so thankful to get to share my life with him.  With 3 kids, getaways aren't happening often.  So, anniversaries are often celebrated on a small scale.  This year was no different. Hubby spent the day doing his monthly service project.  That night, we got glammed up for Mayor's Masked UNCF Ball.  My employer sponsored a table.   UNCF provides scholarships to students attending member Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  As a graduate of a HBCU, I was proud to be at the ball and to see all of the support for HBCUs in the building.  To learn more about HBCUs, check out the PBS special,

Now, you know I had to make something to wear.  With a week to make a dress, I decided to go simple...nothing that required extensive fitting.  At least, I thought I was going simple.  I decided on a tulle skirt attached to a modified Simplicity 4070 staples bodice.  What better to wear than an Ankara print for the UNCF ball?!

Simplicity 4070 is now my favorite strapless bodice pattern.

It assembled quickly and has boning for shape.  I omitted the bodice back and made a sash tie.  I got to use two of my sewing tools: ham & point presser.

The skirt is self drafted.  The thought of a tulle skirt was great until I started sewing the layers.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 108" tulle was already folded in half so I sewed 10 layers in the time it would take to sew 5.  Good mistakes do happen.

I simply attached the bodice front to the skirt front.  Wala Magic!

Whew!  It's posted.  I've been holding this post a few weeks.  I was inspired to finish it after seeing this post in Instyle magazine.

I love when my makes are on trend.

Until next time, Smooches!



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