April 10, 2011

Malea's Blessing

March was a super busy month and it was totally worth it. Brian's parents came for a week to visit and while they were here we blessed Malea (on March 27)! It went perfect! We had both sets of grandparents, Brian's Uncle Paul and Aunt Gale, and Jake, Char, and Chayla there. It was a lot of fun to visit afterward and Malea enjoyed getting held (and spoiled).

These are pictures I took a week later in the dress. I was able to finish it the Wednesday before the blessing. It was just a relief to have it done and I felt so good to be able to make it myself since I hadn't followed an actual pattern all by myself since my 7th grade sewing class! I ended up having to do the bodice (chest area) twice because of a mistake. I decided I'm grateful for YouTube because I was able to watch a video that taught me how to do understitching correctly...unfortunately I'd already done it wrong at that point.

The other adventure was hand stitching the lining to the skirt. I did it the first time and it took me about an hour and a half (I'm SLOW at hand stitching) - only to set it aside and realize that it didn't lay flat in the front so I had to unpick it and do it again. It was very frustrating, but it got done and turned out beautiful.

Here are some pictures from the day...

Getting Ready

Kaidrei decided Daddy's lap was the safest place.
She was waving goodbye and was very ready to leave...too bad it was still too early.

We decided to try and take some family pictures and I now understand why there are so many crazy family shots of my family when we were growing up. It was impossible to get the four of us all looking at the same camera, so I can't imagine how my parents got ten of us looking...oh wait...they didn't ;)

It was a great day and I'm so glad that everything went so well.

1 comment:

  1. I love her dress!! You did an amazing job and you are an amazing mother!! I just wish we could have been there to spoil malea and help corral kaidrei for you!! Miss you guys lots!!