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Lions..Tigers..Bears..OH MY!

Hi Minerva family, my name is Tisa Taylor and this is my first collaboration with Minerva.  Boy Oh Boy I’m SUPER excited!!  Can you tell? LOL…. I blog over at  and share my makes on IG (same handle) as well.  When Vicki reached out to me to join the team, I was like….”ME”???  She put the biggest smile on my face and it has not left since!!

As I saw this Lady McElroy Animal Print Chiffon Fabric I fell in love!  I knew I had to have it, but if I’m honest I was slightly dreading it.  Why you ask?? Because it’s chiffon!!  Chiffon and I don’t always get along, but I put all my fears and dislikes aside and went for it because I loved it so much.  I immediately knew I wanted to make McCalls 7685 with this fabric.  My hope was to have it made in time for my birthday August 28th and wear it for my birthday dinner, but unfortunately that did not happen due to everyday life and the time this pattern needed to complete.

Making this dress has forced me to push my sewing skills to the next level.  The pattern calls for gathers, lining, boning, and narrow hems.  All things I run from when making a garment, but I knew it was time.  If I say it was easy breezy, I would be telling you a story.  I had to walk away several times from this project, gather my thoughts and my sanity and come back.  The gathering gave me the blues, but I was determined to complete it. 

I finished the dress, tried it on and jumped for joy. “It’s PERFECT” I said!!  The fit is perfect!  I called my husband over in excitement and asked him to zip me up.  He proceeds to zip the dress up and I couldn’t believe the words that came out of his mouth next.  “OH NO…I think I pulled to hard and broke the zipper!!!” As you can image my face and the thoughts that were going through my head…. I almost had a heart attack!!! He then had to cut me out the dress, because the invisible zipper got stuck.  Needless to say, I was just tired but REFUSED to be defeated!!  I put that smile on my face (the one that Vicki gave me), replaced my zipper, and kept it pushing. 

I am so happy with the end results of this dress.  It truly was a labor of love.  I learned so much from this project. I mostly learned to have the courage to face my fears. The one thing I would have done differently would have been to make the dress 4 inches longer. I love long dresses and the walk away appeal they give. I cannot say I will sew another chiffon garment in the near future, but it will always stay in the back of my mind because the end results are always so rewarding.

Lots of Love and Many Blessings!


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