Sunday, April 04, 2010

A new spring dress - Butterick 5454

The knit dress I sewed from Butterick 5454 is finally done!

It just needed the hem finalized and I was able to get to that last week. Even wore it to work. Decided after a day of wear that I love the fabric but only like the dress. The knit is just too soft for a wrap dress as the tie belt ends up pulling down during the day. I think I'm going to remove the tie belt, sew the bodice down making it a mock wrap and wear it with a wide brown leather belt. Besides a brown leather belt will go great with my shoes - because we all agree that it's all about the shoes, right?

This super easy knit dress took a few weeks to complete, but hey, I've been busy battling that ole brain cancer that decided to pay a visit to my boy.

By the way, he continues to do so well. I'm certain it's the power of prayer and positive thoughts everyone - you included - have sent his way. He finally received the okay to drive - just days before the radiation and chemo began. He began that four days ago and so far no side effects. The benefit his friends have planned to help him pay the ever mounting medical bills is less than one week away and we're hopeful many, many people will come out to support him.

During this past month we had a chance to spend a lot of time together. That has been such a blessing as we've had time to talk about things most people don't talk about. Like what would you do if you only had a short time left on this earth? While he battles the cancer, he's also realistic knowing it could very well come back sooner rather than later. But, like he said the other day, "Mom, I could sit on this couch and feel sorry for myself and tell everyone I can't do anything because I have brain cancer. But that won't change the fact that I have it. So I'm going to fight it and just continue to live my life."

That boy sure is an inspiration. Not only to me, but to many others. I hear it over and over from people I talk to. I hear it from his friends. I read it in the comments people leave on his caringbridge site.

So together we continue to battle his brain cancer. He battles it with radiation and chemo while I go to my knees and battle it with prayer. Pin It


  1. Blessings to your son and your family in this most difficult time. I cannot imagine what you are going through, or how you manage to keep your sanity. Continued prayers for you all.

    And, you are right--it IS all about the shoes!

  2. You have remained in my thoughts and prayers. It is wonderful he is so strong and has such a good attitude during this difficult time. You are fortunate.

  3. Lovely dress!

    I think about your family often - still sending positive vibes.

  4. Dear Sharon,
    My prayers are you this Easter night. You look fabulous and your family shines with faith. Best wishes and though I'm no expert, I do believe that if you're going to kick the butt of a challenge, the shoes are very, very important!

  5. Thank you for keeping us updated on your son. Will you share the info on the benefit? I would be interested in donating.

    And the dress and shoes are lovely!

  6. I think you have a great idea making the dress into a mock wrap and wearing a brown belt!!!
    Still saying those prayers for you and your son.

  7. Your dress so sooooo lovely and so is your strength of character and heart. May God continue to give you and your family the strength and grace needed to persevere during this time! You are in my prayers.

  8. Good news about your son.

    Love that dress. The fabric is really amazing!

  9. What a great son you raised! If only we could all be so positive, we could conquer anything!

  10. Yes, a brown belt to match the shoes :)
    Still sending lots of good vibes your way.

  11. Continued prayers of permanent healing for your son, and prayers of peace for all of you.

  12. My first thought when I saw the first picture - Mod Squad.LOL remember that show. Maybe because of the pose. It really looks good on you.

    It makes me smile to read you and your son are enjoying your moments. I really believe it's all about the moments. If you enjoy whats in front of you right now by taking it all the good things each day has to offer, you end your last breath with a big smile. What a precious gift all of us have been given in life. We're born with the meaning of playing with anyone who is in your path and nothing but laughing and smiles while enjoying the people in front of you right now. Time kindof slows down a bit if you can achieve this.

    It makes me smile that our paths have crossed because you are a very special person! I wanna come play (sew) in your sandbox :)

  13. Your dress is lovely! And I'm not of the opinion that it's all about the shoes, but that's because most shoes and my foot size tend to not be on speaking terms. ;)

    I'm glad to see that your son is keeping such a positive attitude towards this--praying that God will continue to strengthen your family during this time.

  14. I'm sending you a lot of strength and love. This must be so hard for all of you, it's inspirational to see how you are dealing with this.

    The dress looks great, perfect for summer I can imagine!

  15. Beautiful dress - and shoes! Sewing the bodice down and accessorizing with a leather belt sound like great ideas.

    Sending continued good vibes your way.

  16. It's a blessing. I'm glad he is doing fine. God will be with him no matter what.



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