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Simplicity 2053 Dress

Just like last year, I decided to make my dress for the Navy ball. I started Tuesday night and finished everything, but the hemming. I did change up the dress a little. Since I was using a polyester spandex blend fabric, I decided to not have a zipper – I would just pull it over my head. I did size 10 and it fit okay, I could have brought it in a little more, but I’m only wearing this dress once (at least that is what I plan) and so I really didn’t want to spend a bunch of time on it. I did view F on the pattern with the sleeves from view D. I also, didn’t put the buttons on the sleeves either and I gathered the back portion of the skirt so it would match up with the darts. That should not have been a problem, but since I didn’t use a zipper and I cut the back skirt on the bias, it made it a little big.

I’m glad my mother was here visiting so she could be a part of the dress! She’s amazing. The gold fabric, my husband and I chose, was chosen because he just received his wings of gold – we like to match and be cute. Haha. He’s now a naval aviator and will be flying super hornets! I am so proud!

Getting to work with my mom, who was visiting for my husband's winging !

Getting to work with my mom, who was visiting for my husband’s winging!

This pattern was fairly simple and easy to cut out. I liked it better than cutting out the satin from last year’s dress. It took me about 2 days to make. Technically, it was all done in one night (5 hours), but I just needed to put my wedges on that I was going to wear with the dress and hem it.

Here's the pinning of the pleats. They looked funky and it weird spots, but it turned out perfect when you had to match the bodice up.

Here’s the pinning of the pleats. They looked funky and it weird spots, but it turned out perfect when you had to match the bodice up.

The directions were a tad unclear about the pleats and I do not understand that extra little fabric tail – it served no purpose. I just matched up the top line with the second line and sewed those together. Then I matched the third with the fourth and so on.

Gathering at the back of the skirt so the darts would match up.

Gathering at the back of the skirt so the darts would match up.

Since I was not adding a zipper, I think I cut out a little too much fabric, especially on the bottom skirt. I just cut the pattern piece on the bias so there wouldn’t be a seam since I didn’t need one because of not having the zipper added. So to fix that and to make the darts match up, my mom and I just gathered it. It didn’t turn out too bad actually. I hate gathering, by the way. I’d rather make pleats (but NOT darts, I hate darts).

Getting ready for the ball and making sure we have everything.

Getting ready for the ball and making sure we have everything.

The dress turned out really well. I am not a fan of the sleeves at all. I should have just gathered them instead of making the two pleats. I just don’t like sleeves that come out far from my shoulders, I am kinda petite and I don’t think it looks that great on me. I fixed that by wearing my hair down, so it wouldn’t’ draw a lot of attention to that area. This fabric was not too bad to work with, it’s stretch, but not forgiving if you make a mistake. Be careful that you don’t have to seam rip anything because the holes will show. Also, if you sew too close to the edge and the thread tension messes up, it will look a little melted on the fabric because of the gathering and folding.

Front of the dress!

Front of the dress!

Back!

Back!

My handsome newly winged aviator!

My handsome newly winged aviator!

 

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PCSing Things To Do

As a military spouse, you hear this term daily – well, almost daily.  It means Permanent Change of Station AKA relocation. There are always people coming and going when you’re in the military community. My husband, dog, and I recently PCS’d from Florida to Texas. Our first move, after we were married, we were leaving Maryland. My husband just graduated from the Naval Academy and we were newly weds. We were married the day after graduation in CA. Crazy fun trip! Haha.  Our first PCS, we had the Navy help us with that move, but this time, we decided to do the move ourselves.

After our move, I’m still not really sure what I like better. A partial do-it-yourself, aka a dity move, or a full do-it-yourself-everything move. They both have pros and cons. What’d I really like is a chance for my husband and I to drive together, so I’m not so lonely. I’m grateful for cell phones though and that I got Chupa, our Min Pin, in my car with me. She is a mommy’s girl. So cute!

After this move, I decided that my husband and I should make a list of things that we need to do before we move and a list of things to do when we move to our new place. I thought sharing it would help… Yes, I did write down hygiene supplies because on our move, I packed my deodorant up in a box and placed it on the U-Haul somewhere. Whoopsies.

MOVE – OUT:

  1. Tell landlord (30 day notice – give them copy of orders)
  2. Cancel internet (give fwd address)
  3. Cancel water (give fwd address)
  4. Cancel electricity (give fwd address)
  5. Cancel allotment (if have it set-up)
  6. Set-up carpet cleaning/look at moving check-out list from landlord/ fill in nail holes
  7. Get boxes/tape/ or set-up Navy movers
  8. Start eating all fridge food and stock up on water bottles if you have Navy movers help
  9. Weigh empty cleaned vehicles
  10. Pack personal bags
    • Bathroom supplies (I.e deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, shampoo/conditioner, razor, epilator, some makeup, face wash, makeup remover, nail file, body soap)
    • Blow dryer & hair tools
    • Flight suit & khakis
    • Running shoes
    • Church clothes & shoes & tie
    • Undies
    • Pants
    • Shirts
    • Sweatshirt
    • Socks
    • iPod charger
  11. Plan route of travel with pet-friendly hotel stops & weigh scales at the destination
  12. Picture of family on day of move-out
  13. Bring family binder & pistols in car

MOVE – IN:

  1. Find a place & sign lease
  2. Change of address
    • USPS (typically takes 7-9 days to take effect)
    • Navy branch clinic
    • County auditor (election ballots and such)
    • Insurance, such as USAA
    • Bank, such as Navy Fed
    • USNA Alumni
    • BYU Alumni
    • Home Again
    • And other companies (magazines, etc) that would need your new address
  3. Set-up electricity
  4. Set-up water
  5. Set-up internet
  6. Sanitize house (Clean clean clean it before moving things in!)
  7. Move-in inspection
  8. Picture of family on day of move-in

*If you have any other items that should be added to the list, let me know! Thanks. This list is still in the works too. I am sure we forgot some things.