Happy KCW, dudes! I can barely stand to look at the project pool; I want to sew all the things! Well, I have managed to finish one thing at least. I sewed this dress Monday night but it took a few days to convince Clementine to wear it so I could take pictures. I finally bribed her by telling her she could wear pink tights with it. She never felt very cooperative while taking pictures though!
Without exaggeration, this past winter was the longest and hardest of my life. Lots of things contributed to the reasoning behind that and I don’t need to get into it all here, instead let me just say that I have never counted the days until spring like I have this year! I am so excited for this summer with Clementine. Last summer she still wanted to be held and entertained most the time, even while we were outside. This year, she is so entertained just by being outside and taking in the sights and sounds and smells and feel of everything, and it makes me so happy.
Anyway, when the KCW theme “Wild” was announced this season my mind jumped to thinking about warmer weather, and summer nights in particular. Memories from my childhood are dominated by recollections of evenings spent outside, especially during that time when it’s just starting to get dark and insect sounds are deafening. I would run around with my brothers, expending our last bits of energy jumping in water, climbing trees, catching lightning bugs, hiding from our parents, and so forth, until we finally came in the house, dirty and tired but so, so full of life. I felt so wild. I want that for Clementine.
Enough of that soliloquy! This border print from Sarah Watson’s Biology collection for Cloud9 fabrics takes me back to those wild summer nights, so I snatched some up in anticipation of using it for KCW. I have several other plans for KCW but also have a bunch of commitments the rest of the week while trying to get ready to travel, so this is probably my sole finish for the week. At least I’m happy with it!
I wanted a really simply dress to show off the beautiful print, so I went with the Louisa Dress by Compagnie-M, without the large front pocket. My first version of this pattern can be seen here. The dress is size 2T. The fit is great but it’s just a little short so it will probably be more of a tunic before long.
I fully lined the dress with Cambridge cotton lawn in aqua. I tried leaving the lining a little longer at the hem for some extra color, but it turned out a little wonky and keeps getting pulled up in the dress. We’ll see how crazy it drives me–I may have to shorten it yet!
I haven’t inserted many zippers yet and I get so nervous every time I have to. I almost talked myself into just using buttons down the back of this dress but I forced myself to be brave. I don’t have an invisible zipper foot so I knew the zipper would show; fortunately I had a teal-colored zipper that matched really well. After two big mistakes while attaching the zipper (twisting it the first time and sewing one side to the wrong part of the dress the second time, gah!) I think it turned out quite nice.
Oh, by the way, Clementine picked out her sandals and hat for our quick photoshoot. This combination perfectly illustrates my confusion over our weather lately. It’s technically spring, and we’ve had some weather that has felt like spring…but today it was back to snowing!
Happy spring to those of you in the northern hemisphere. Hope your vitamin D reserves are being restored :-)