Greetings from snowy Seattle. Snow!! It’s been a winter wonderland for the past day or so, and this is highly unusual. The city stops dead in its tracks, uncertain of what to do with all this white stuff. K and M went sledding down a nearby hill yesterday, then returned almost immediately due to claims of “frostbite”. I stayed indoors (I hail from Los Angeles, need I say more?); basically we’re all wimps. And really, I should have been sewing puffy parkas and not a lightweight dress with bicycles plastered all over.
But that’s what we have for this Monday outfit, and I’m loving it. Doesn’t it feel fresh and, I don’t know, energizing? It almost makes me want to hop on a charming vintage bicycle for leisurely ride around the neighborhood. Almost. The little tie and keyhole opening add a sweet touch. It’s probably tricky to see but there are gathers on each side of the keyhole and in the center back. Small details that make the dress extra special, and the reason why I love Japanese patterns so much. The only changes I made were lengthening the skirt portion a touch, and ignoring the sleeve cuff snaps. The cuff snaps seemed unnecessary and K would end up fussing about snapping them (they had getting-dressed-for-school-meltdown written all over them).
I’m still confused about sizing though. This here is 120cm. I added a couple of centimeters to the hem as I usually do for this size, but it seems gargantuan. I know that it’s meant to be loose and generous in proportion, but I think K will be able to wear this till she’s fifteen.
The pattern is from this lovely book, and the fabric is a Michael Miller quilting cotton. The bicycle print is a nod to M, who is a die hard cyclist. He has one of those fancy schmancy bikes, and he can be found pedaling about all over town daily.
I threw in the chalkboard into the shoot for variety’s sake, but did you know that it’s virtually impossible to get a shot of the entire outfit when your child decides she actually wants to use the prop?
It’s very difficult. Although I couldn’t get a clear shot of the dress, this was one of the more painless photoshoots since she was enjoying herself thoroughly. She even asked me how to spell some words so she could write out a message for you:
She was quite proud of that one. She even signed it “K” without writing her entire name out. Without any prompting! That’s my girl…internet safety, baby.
Hope you’re having a wonderful start of the week!