Good morning! How was your Easter weekend? We had what could only be described as a glorious day. The sun! The food! Friends and fun! It was perfect. I hid roughly a million eggs at the crack of dawn for our annual neighborhood egg hunt, and we spent the entire day outdoors, basking in the warmth of an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday. We couldn’t believe that we needed sunscreen in March.
I made a few things for K, as per usual. This cheerful fabric is Sunspray Ball & Leaves by Lotta Jansdotter, and I love that the circles look like eggs – so fitting!
I had spring and festivity in mind when making the dress, but I also wanted to make her something casual and comfortable. Enter Figgy’s Banyan asymmetrical tee. Such a quick and satisfying project! I screwed up the hem a bit, but it all came together in about half an hour, so I’m feeling proud. K ended up wearing both yesterday, which worked out well.
Going back to the dress, the pattern is from this book, and though I love the way it came out I’m starting to realize how I need to start paying more attention to matching prints. Slowly but surely my skills are improving with straighter seams, better button holes, figuring out directions…but I’ve gained just enough know-how to realize all the areas that need fixing. And yes, K is wearing the dress backwards. Again. (It’s becoming her ‘look’, like here and here)
This Banyan top was a huge hit. Both the coral and light grey knits are a whisper thin jersey and I didn’t like the way the teeny pocket looked so I nixed it. I think it’s a great design regardless. A friend of a friend who was part of our gathering asked me if I would be able to make her one, and I think Figgy’s should consider making an adult version for sure! K is holding a prismatic-effects-generating crystal from the Easter bunny. She’s very very confused on how to make it work.
I got a thumb’s up for both garments from K, so it was a good sewing week. You can see the lining peeking out, and it’s a Lotta Jansdotter fabric as well. And how perfect are those buttons?? The color is a spectacular match and they are a gift from the fabulous Miss Cherie. Thanks, lady!
One of my favorite parts of these regular gatherings we have with our neighbors (who we adore), is that the kids always concoct some enterprise together. They’ve had lemonade stands, plum sales, and even seriously discussed a bookmark selling venture. Yesterday, they decided to sell flowers. At $1 per stem it was highway robbery, but they convinced me to purchase a couple (they generously threw in a few extra blossoms):
And here they are plotting ways to dominate the world:
And their savvy signage:
People actually stopped to shop, and they made a grand total of $10. Kudos to our future CEOs!
Anyway, may your Monday be filled with pranks of the happy variety. I myself am not a huge practitioner of April Fool’s…