It's been a fruitful summer thus far, but I want to save our summer discoveries for another post. Soon. For now, I want to share something that I'd been working on all last week. After so much time away it's hard to get the ball rolling again. But I have to admit it was nice to take things slow.
I was inspired to sew this little dress while taking my kids to the playground early one morning. It had rained the night before so the ground and bark was dark and saturated with water. The droplets on the grass sparkled in the morning light. It was truly magical.
I imagined a moss green velveteen dress. At first it was an early century look. Something with a Peter Pan collar and lightly puffed sleeves but after some thought I decided a sleeveless, modern style combined with the antique look of green velveteen would be more appropriate for this time of year.
The dress is made of green velveteen. When I went to the fabric store I originally had them cut two yards of real velvet thinking it was $12.99. When I looked down at the ticket they gave me, it instead said $27.99....times two....which totalled over $50!
I had a 40% off coupon but even so, that was a bit too rich for my blood. So I sadly took it back and had them cut a $8 piece of green velveteen which still looked fine but just wasn't as heavenly soft. So sorry about that:(
Aside from accidentally sewing the collar upside down the first time, the dress was pretty easy to assemble. It came together so well. And I'm not too humble to admit I'm really proud of the craftsmanship of this dress.
So often my work comes out stringy and loose. With my new serger I went over every rough edge and even went so far as to add invisible hems which takes a little extra work but when you're taking things slow anything is possible.
I knew I wanted some kind of woodland theme associated with the dress seeing as the context of the photos were so mossy and green. But when taking photos of Lily in the woods she had a playfulness to her mood.
I imagined a curious child wearing this dress skipping through the forest playing random schoolyard games with a friend. Sort of like in 'Snow Falling on Cedars', when Ishmael and Hatsue are playing in the mossy forests of the Washington Puget Sound.
Wasn't that the most beautiful movie? Sometimes in college I would put it on in the background while I was doing some mundane chore just because the scenery and soundtrack was entertaining in itself.
This fourth photo looks so sad but I had to include it because I thought she looked darling. At the moment it was taken the moss on the tree was grossing her out and she didn't like to stand near it.
I know it's a little strange but my favorite photos of Lily are the ones where she's slightly smiling, looking lost or angry. I guess it's the Vogue Magazine reader in me.
I would say this little dress I would fit a 4-6T.
Please check back tomorrow for new winners. I've given that duty to Brian as I tend to procrastinate about them so he will be choosing them tonight and I'll be posting them by tomorrow.
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