Remember how God answered my very specific prayer about boots when I was making my Rey costume for the Star Wars movie? Well, He did it again! Only, not for boots. Let me explain.
Lately, I've been purging my closet and organizing the clothes that I want to keep and those that I should give away. After I organized my nursing-friendly clothes for this season, I realized that I would really benefit from another dress or two to wear to Mass. So, I headed out to the thrift store, and made a very specific prayer to God.
So, God, I really need a dress. You know that my style revolves around the 1960s, so how about something hippyish in earthy colors? Or a really cool shirtdress (something like this)-and maybe in the color green. Thanks!I went up to the dress rack, and bam! One of the first items I found was-you guessed it-a hippyish piece in earthy colors. Actually, this dress immediately made me think of what Lindsey Stirling wore in her "Roundtable Rival" music video.
OK, so Lindsey's outfit is actually a completely different color, and doesn't have different layers. But my dress is the same high-low style and it's in earthy colors. And even if it doesn't look like what she wore, it makes me think of Lindsey Stirling when I put it on, and it makes me feel like I'm in her music video, which is fantastic.
|$4 of awesomeness.|
|$3 got me this epic creation!|
The hippyish dress is awesome and fits perfectly, but I don't want to wear it by itself. The shoulder straps are super thin little braids, and I like to have a bit more coverage on my shoulders. In the front, the skirt does not drape very far down my thigh, so I would like to wear something underneath it.
Unfortunately, I have no clue what to wear with it! I think this kind of dress begs to be worn with skinny jeans, but not only do I not own skinny jeans, they would probably make me claustrophic and I'd also never be able to take them off (Jenny pretty much describes what my encounter with skinny jeans would probably look like). I could probably wear this dress with leggings, but I don't own leggings in a color that would work with this dress, and I don't want to buy more leggings specifically for this outfit, since I'm going for closet-minimalism. I thought about perhaps making wider straps for the top, but I don't think I'd have fabric that would work (the fabric of the dress is a little bit shiny). I could wear a t-shirt, I guess, but it could make nursing complicated. And I don't think that a cardigan works well with this, otherwise I could pair a cardigan with a nursing tank. Maybe I should just buy something to wear with this dress so that I don't have to go through the thought process of figuring out life, even though I don't want to buy more clothes? The struggle!
The shirtdress is fabulous...but it's a few sizes too big (I didn't get a picture of the back, but the extra fabric poofs out like crazy). I'll just alter it! my sanguine self thought as I bought it. Have I altered a dress before? Nope. However, I do know how to sew, and this dress seems like it may be forgiving-not only is it a wrap dress, but pleats are built into the design. I'm thinking I could probably add some pleats here or there to size it down and make it work. Maybe?
|A pocket! And pleats!|
"Stewardship is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God’s gifts and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor.”God is giving all of us so many epic gifts today. Will we open our eyes to recognize these gifts-and will we share what we are given with others? And if any of you have a gift with clothes and have advice for making my epic dresses work, I would love to hear your ideas! ;)