Monday, June 19, 2017


I graduated!!! And with High Honors, at that. So very exciting! I'm now in the middle of a couple of months break between careers, as I fill in what I feel were gaps in my education with online classes, as well as spend some time seeing friends and family I have not seen in a while due to putting full-time-work-plus-school on top for the past four years. I even have a costume adventure coming up: Jane Austen Fest in Louisville!

But first, I want to share this dress that I made for my graduation. I had stumbled onto this cool fabric that has a green and silver binary print on a black ground. My school colors are green and white, and my degree is programming/computer science, so how perfect is this?!? I also love that the print is very small, so it's not too tacky. Just the right amount of themed fun! (And, bonus puffy kitty tail!)

I decided I just wanted a very simple sleeveless dress, both because I was concerned about overheating, what with wearing a polyester robe in June, and because I want to be able to wear it in my everyday life post-graduation. I decided to go with Simplicity 1652, which is a princess-seamed dress from the "Amazing Fit" line, which means the pattern pieces are already adjusted for various cup sizes. Unfortunately, the cup sizes weren't quite large enough for me. Fortunately, I finally got over my fear of the dreaded FBA! In the end, I don't know why I was so afraid of it. It's ridiculously simple, and worked out right on the first try!

After that, making the dress was a piece of cake. Of course, I was down to the wire with it, doing most of the construction the day before, with some last minute touches (including remembering I had to have a pocket, so unpicking the skirt side seam and putting one in!) the morning of. But being me, I still managed to line it, of course! I chose a bright green, because colorful linings are fun!

After graduation, Glenn suggested we "go out to eat" but when I got home, I discovered that a big surprise party had been put together for me! It included a fabulous cake that looked like a circuit board!

Also, there were lots of funny, cute decorations that my Mom put together, like these little silverware pockets!

The award for best gift-wrap job goes to Sydney. She even got the tassel color right!

It was such a perfect day. Thank you to everyone who made it a special, memorable day for me!


  1. Congratulations! That's very exciting! I hope that you are so happy with the new paths that will open up for you. Your dress and party look like lots of fun!


    1. Thank you, Quinn! I am super excited to start my new career. :)

  2. Congratulations on graduating! That's awesome that you found such great fabric that goes with your degree. :)

  3. Congratulations!! I am also doing the work-full-time-and-school thing, so I understand how much it eats your life. What an amazing feeling to complete the gauntlet! Best wishes on your next few months :)

    1. Thank you so much! Best of luck to you with your school adventures!