Jun. 19th, 2017 04:52 pm
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(Cross-posted from my Blogspot blog. . .)

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!

Date: 2017-06-19 09:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mala_14
YAY! Congratulations! I know how hard you've worked to get here. So proud and happy for you!

Also, the new dress is adorable! You look fab and the fit is spot on!

Date: 2017-06-20 01:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starlightmasque
Congratulations! All your hard work is going to make such a bright future!

Date: 2017-06-20 04:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mandie_rw
Congratulations! And high honors, too - that's very exciting! Plus your graduation dress is just adorable. :D

Date: 2017-06-20 07:01 am (UTC)
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And the dress is completely adorable and fits so well! Hooray!

Date: 2017-06-20 12:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sewtimely
Yay! Congrats! A newly minted STEM major!

I'm a mechanical engineer. Always glad to welcome another techie aboard. :)

Date: 2017-06-20 01:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elizabeth_mn
Congratulations! And your dress is so cute!

Date: 2017-06-20 05:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chocolatepot
Congratulations! And you look adorable in both the dress and the robes.

Date: 2017-06-20 11:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quincy134
Congrats Jenni! Your hard work really paid off! (And your dress is soooooo cute!)

Date: 2017-06-22 08:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] padawansguide
Such a cute dress. HUGE congratulations to you! This is a big deal and I know how hard you have worked. All the best to you!

Date: 2017-06-28 04:11 pm (UTC)
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