I traced one of Aveline’s dresses onto paper, then used that paper as a pattern/guide to create this new dress. My mom had given me the white cotton, and I already had the daisy fabric (it was a little remmant I found on a sale rack). It’s a little summery, I know; but we live in Florida, so we’ll definitely still be wearing white after Labor Day.
I’m so happy with how it turned out! (Just please don’t inspect the stitching too closely.) As a very beginning sewer, this a big accomplishment to me — even though it might seem like no big deal the sew-my-family’s-entire-wardrobe-while-grinding-flour-from-the-wheat-berries-I-just-harvested types. ;-)
the newest toast UK summer catalogue has officially given me the travel bug.
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each friday, lottie of the vintage fashion blog lottie loves posts about pretty dresses. it’s all part of a campaign she’s started called think frock, it’s friday! in order to encourage women to wear dresses at least once a week. dresses are so inherently feminine by their very nature, and i think it’s wonderful that she is inspiring women to wear dresses. here are a few little things i spied over at modcloth.com today. aren’t they pretty?
“Put on your pretty dress, it’s time for you to go to the dance. Tie your hair in ribbons and lace, and wear pearls around your neck. Put your red coat on, and walk with a light in the woods. If it gets dark, don’t get scared. There’s so much waiting for you.” (Rosie Thomas, Pretty Dress)
images via toast uk’s early spring catalogue
thanks to a great tutorial i found here, i was able to create a baby gown/infant sack from one of my old dresses! the tutorial was intended for cotton t-shirts, but of course i had to make things way more complicated and use a silky chiffon-like fabric. seriously, what was i thinking?! i love the way it turned out, though. and i also love that since i got the original dress at a thrift store ages ago, the baby gown is it’s third life!
Squee! Just finished making this little owl applique for a newborn onesie. I had an old green t-shirt that was destined to become a rag, so I used a piece of that fabric for the owl’s body. I used standard thread for the embroidery. It’s not perfect, but then again, baby will only wear this for the blink of an eye before she outgrows it.
It was deliciously cold this morning: 27 degrees. (Go ahead, you Midwesterners, laugh at me. But this IS California, after all.) I woke up to the little dog curled up tightly in his bed…and my husband outside in shirt sleeves and wet hair — taking photographs of ice and frost. Brrrr. Even the sunlight looked cold this morning…icy blue and shivering. I grabbed my camera too (well, eventually; after reveling in the warm covers for an rather lovely amount of time), but didn’t leave the warm house. No sirree bob. Instead, I stayed inside and took some photos of lovely baby clothes. Ohhhh, I can’t wait to put a tiny little human into these clothes!
Hand-embroidered onesie in progress
Infant sleep sack from Japan
Little Girl’s Dress/Shirt from Oaxaca, Mexico
Then this week, I was reading the newest Soul Flower catalog (which is amazing, by the way) and I couldn’t take my eyes off this lovely owl skirt:
The inspiration was too much, so I created a little baby owl beanie. [Update: You can now purchase baby and toddler owl hats at my Etsy shop.]
More owl inspiration:
you’ve not grown tired of hearing me rave about the images Toast UK reveals every season, have you? good. because i’m about to gush once again over their brilliant photography and styling. the fact that they’ve just released the winter catalogue certainly doesn’t tone down my enthusiasm. here in northern california, it’s still hitting 90 degrees. not ok for mid-october, says i. so how about some swirling snow, crisp air, and wooly sweaters to get our minds off the heat?
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