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stresspiration or why scarlett o’hara rocks harder than posh spice

stresspiration, noun 1. mental, emotional, or physical strain brought about by inspiration

This was supposed to be a Wander|Wonder Wednesday post but I decided to wait until I could take a photo of me wearing the Sookie dress I made a year ago. You see, the boyfriend and I had our anniversary dinner (7 years WOOT!) last night and I planned on wearing the dress. And yes, this dress had bearing on the tone of the overdue Wander|Wonder Wednesday post.

But first, let me show you this:

I stated on my Facebook page that this hippo dress has a long story. Its inspiration, if you could believe me, was that dress to the left, a piece from the Victoria Beckham SS13 collection. Have you ever seen two dresses so dissimilar? In my defense, the first two dresses I made looked similar to that VB dress. They had the two-tone and zipper details down pat. Unfortunately, sewing them wasn’t as smooth as I expected. At one point, I posted this on Facebook:

More than ten hours and two ruined dresses later, I had a Scarlett O’Hara moment. “I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again,”  I said to myself. But minus the hungry part. Properly motivated, I set about making a dress with a side zipper, darts, and a collar — parts of dressmaking that I’ve been trying to avoid due to laziness, as you can see from this post.

The result: the hippo dress.

Which led me to wonder: Would I ever get the hang of this runway-inspired sewing thing?

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