She Didn’t Let Me Down

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Thanks to all the military relatives and friends who have sacrificed so much for us in America. We can enjoy cookouts, water parks, watching old movies, going to the fro-yo place this four-day weekend, thanks to them. My heart goes out to the people in other countries right now who are dealing with misery and want.

My parents were both in the Army, and my grandfather and brother were in the Navy. One of my sons went into the Army, and has served in Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq. I’m grateful for the mindfulness of the military those associations have brought me. I seem to be enjoying a prosperous time right now, but I don’t want to forget the wars waged, the losses, the changes.

This weekend, Ancestry.com is offering free access if you want to search their military records for records of your ancestors. And if you haven’t set up a pedigree chart so far, you can do so with a free account on familysearch.org. Family Search is getting better and more public records are added all the time. I promise you, researching your ancestors is a fun and addictive hobby!

I decided to do a little sewing, and chose this Burdastyle wrap dress from their March 2015 UK issue.

wrap dress

Cotton sateen wrap dress from Burdastyle March 2015

The level of difficulty was greater than what I’ve been used to, but I tried to rise to the occasion! First, I had to trace the pattern, and it had all sorts of weird pieces. Waistband pieces, facings, slashes, pleats. Interfacing. For notions, I needed 2 snaps and a button. I looked all over and finally found exactly 2 large-enough snaps in the zipper drawer.

snaps

two snaps left in the stash

Would you believe this pack of snaps went for 50 cents? Once again, my grandmother didn’t let me down. She has been gone since 1995, but I am still benefitting from the thrifty cache of notions and sewing paraphernalia in her old teak sewing desk.

Have a great weekend!

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    May 23, 2015 @ 22:16:50

    Love the dress. Where did you find cotton Sateen? I used to use it a lot but haven’t seen it for years. So nice a crisp. I finished stenciling Pack # on 10 cub scout tees so maybe I will find time to make the blouse I have had cut out forever. Or seems that way. I need to wear it at the next Pack Meeting which is only 10 days away!

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  2. kealoha625
    May 25, 2015 @ 13:10:38

    i love this post. Yes, I too am very grateful too for all the people who sacrificed so much so that we could enjoy our lives.

    And this dress is SO cute!

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  3. mariegriffith
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 20:52:37

    You are talented at sewing. Thrift and repurposing are two of my favorite things.

    Thank you for reminding us all how much we have to be thankful for here because of our military. We are truly blessed.

    My son is going to join the military. He is looking at the Marines and the Army. How proud you must be of your family for their service.

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  4. embroideredtreasures
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 09:03:05

    I love the dress — cotton sateen was one of my go to fabrics for dresses — it drapes so nicely.

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    • jenyjenny
      Jun 07, 2015 @ 11:41:40

      Thank you, unfortunately the recipient lost a bunch of weight and it didn’t fit her…grrr…plan B? Not sure how easy it will be to adjust with side pockets and those waistband pieces that fasten at both hips…

      Reply

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