I was feeling so nostalgic bordering on emotional today. We found out this morning that we’re having another girl.
Isn’t that exciting!?!?
I’ve always been wrong guessing the genders of my babies (0 for 3 now!!), but I’ll admit I was happy to discover I have a sweet little girl kicking around my womb (not that I wouldn’t have been completely thrilled with a boy). But a girl! A sweet little sugar lump to dress up and sew for!
It makes this whole baby thing about a kazillion times more real, and for some reason I looked at my kids today with a different perspective today (enter emotionalish here). I’m seeing them both as older siblings now, and it’s making me kind of want to cry and just spend all day snuggling them (which unfortunately was impossible because they were up WAY too late last night and were as crabby as crabs cakes).
Ah! But it’s time to be a movin’ on!
To this happy dress I made my Juicy Fruit. I decided that I prefer to sew things for her openly rather than in secret (I mean rather than having it be a surprise) because it’s so fun to have her be a part of the design process and for her to watch and become excited as it comes together. Very rewarding.
This lovely pattern is from an incredible book I got for Christmas Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy J.S. Langdon & Sabine Pollehn. I mean, yowzas. I like a good sewing project-book just as much as the next sewing-obsessed-mom, but this book goes beyond “oh that’s cute” to completely inspiring. First of all, it’s changed the way I look at making clothes for my kids. They talk about how clothing for kids can and should be magical–something that they love and feel completely special in. And to sew for them, meaning choosing colors and patterns and styles that they love, even if that means putting them in something that’s not trendy or that heaven-forbid you don’t like. They talk about focusing on the special little details, and just enjoying the process of creative sewing for those you love. And the book comes with amazing basic patterns like t-shirts, leggings, pants, dresses, etc., but each are amazingly versatile and they leave the design process largely up to the sewist. It has projects for both boy and girl (although a wee bit more for girl), and the only thing that would make this book better is a good shorts pattern. It’s really a great book, and I recommend it enthusiastically.
This dress is the called the Feliz Party Dress, and I used some Anna Maria Horner scraps that I’ve been hanging on to for a couple years. I barely SQUEAKED it out of the fabric (using some sneaky piecing under the overdress, as well as jazzed up some plain turquoise fabric for the sides by using scraps from the bottom print and appliquéd them on with heat bond). The small details that really make the dress magical are the ribbon ties in the back, the ric-a-rac along the bottom edges and the eyelet lace along the hem.
I’m satisfied that the girl really loves it, because she’s worn it several times this last week–nothing says approval like over usage.
Oh and Ps. Happy Valentine’s Day!