The newest chapter in the "sew something for myself!" series! See, I told you I've actually been doing some sewing, not just writing tearjerkers. :)
Honestly, though, I've been working on this one for quite a while. It's an easy pattern, but I had so much going on, and it just kept getting hung over the back of my chair and then inevitably something would get hung over it and I'd forget for a few days. Oh, did I mention it's also a FREE pattern? THat comes in multiple sizes? For really real! You can download it here: Pretty Blouse pattern For free!
Did I mention it's free.
Okay, I'm over it now.
As I was sewing, it seemed like I was making a tent. So. Much. Fabric! I kept having to remind myself that yes, sewing mommy's clothes uses more fabric than sewing toddler and baby clothes, and it was going to be okay. Even when I was almost done, I held it up and thought, "What the heck kind of a mumu is this?! Why did I waste my pinwheels on this?!"
But in the end. I love it. Even more so with the addition of the button. It's wooden, with white paint. I wish I could tell you it's vintage, or that I salvaged it from an amazing thrift store, but I bought it at JoAnn's.
At times I questioned the use of the pinwheels. It's really a kids fabric. I mean, the line is called "Children at Play." But I love it so much!! And I think the navy with white polka dots really works with it. Not too busy, and the dots make it more grown up. Or it's possible that since I spend pretty much all of my time around children, I am absorbing their dress code. I can live with that.
|so you can really see the pinwheels, and also the pretty neckline.|
A few years ago, before Raina was born, I was with a group of church friends. I had gone to join them straight from work as a preschool teacher, so I was dressed for the occasion, but I don't think my outfit was anything I would have thought twice about wearing on a non-work day actually. One of them said to me, "I wish I had the courage to dress like you."
Uh... thanks? I decided to take it as a compliment. I felt confident and happy wearing a pink jersey dress over a button up shirt, with jeans and purple converse at the ripe old age of 27. I still think back on that comment fondly, and try to dress in a way that people wish they had the courage to emulate. (Not always easy with this post 2 baby bod, but I'll be back in top form some day...) (And also, did I just use the word fondly? Maybe I'm older than I thought!)
Any way, here's a few extra pictures...
I'm working on a second one already, minus the poof sleeves. (Spoiler Alert! It's a companion piece to Lucca and Raina's Gigi dresses!!)