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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Dress of Drama

Let me start out by saying that my wife is a saint. She is always doing nice things for people, and at times to her own detriment. At Kaitlyn's school they have a gift tree for needy people in the community. Of course Angela grabbed a fist full of stuff to get and one of the items was a dress for a little girl. Now I being a bit selfish would have just run down to the store and grabbed a dress and called it good but Angela wanted to do something a bit more special. She decided that she wanted to make a home made dress for the little girl. Very novel, like I said she is a saint. Spending no less than 30 hours on this dress, she was finishing up when it happened. Her automatic button hole maker was broken so she was going to do it by hand. She used a knife to cut the hole and had a slip of the hand. The cut ended up being about 2 inches long and according to Angela had ruined her dress. This is where I come into the story, I was out when this happened. I got a call on my cell phone and Angela was sobbing uncontrollably. This doesn't happen very often, OK never. I thought, "Oh great, an axe murder killed all of my family and Angela is cut in half barely able to make a phone call." Once she calmed down she recounted the story of the button hole, stating that she had ruined the dress and that she was a failure as a human being. It makes me wonder if Mother Teresa ever had days like this. I got home after the call expecting to see a dress that had gone through a paper shredder. I was pleasantly surprised to see only minor damage. As you can see by the picture below she was able to stitch it up and you can't even tell something went wrong. I hope that the little girl that gets the dress loves the dress as much as Angela does. There are a few more pictures here. Kali did a wonderful job modeling. ~Erik
Strobist Info-Shoot through umbrella camera right, a few shots with grid camera left behind subject.

12 comments:

Barbara said...

It's beautiful, I love it. I have such a talented sister.

Dana said...

It is just a beautiful dress. Any little girl would feel blessed to get that dress. Is Angela pregnant? I am sure she just wanted it perfect but I would react that way with things if I was pregnant. Either way the dress is gorgeous!!

Amber H. said...

Wow, amazing. I think it's amazing that she would make such a personal gift that ANY little girl would love. I have my two 4 year old daughters sitting here beside me, and they asked "Mommy, I get that dress for Christmas, PLEASE mommy??" I'm your cousin Amber BTW...I've been stalking your blog for a while. I love your pictures and it's been nice to get to know your family a little better!

Alaska Massey said...

Dana, that's the same thing Erik asked me when I was freaking out. No, I am not pregnant. I think we'll just chalk it up to PMS.
-Angela

Jamma said...

Angela...the dress is darling. Any little girl will love it. I hope she will know that it was made with love. You are so sweet.

RaCh said...

You have such a beautiful, kind heart. I love you and am so grateful for the example you are to me and so many.

beautiful dress.

Smedley Family said...

So cute Angela!!! Did you make their dresses in the other christmas photo? They are all way cute! -Lisa

Smedley Family said...

Oh yeah, did you have to get stitches? I could lend you some Dermabond that I used on Owen . . . lol (one of my latest posts) :D

davidandnatalie said...

The dress is gorgeous and I would have never noticed the extra cutting. What talent! And Angela is a saint. I would have never even thought to make the dress! I probably would have found something on clearance somewhere. :)

Sod Fam said...

Angela rocks! That is a great story. Not the sobbing and feeling like a failure part, but the beauty of the time and effort that went into the dress for a little girl that you don't even know. Plus, the being upset just shows how much you wanted it to be perfect for her. It is amazing! I would definately buy it. Looking at it makes me want to give sewing another shot.(this is coming from someone who feels like a failure trying to sew anything at all). Well done, Angela. Great modeling too!

Kayz said...

Holy COW! She really is incredibly kind, generous and TALENTED!!! It looks incredible. I LOVE your blog! =) This is Kali (the original) Massey, btw. =) Shoot me an email at lafsalott at that hot place if you want me to add you as a reader on my blog.

Alisha said...

WOW Angela!! What a gorgeous dress! And the way you stitched the cut up is amazing!!