Thursday, June 10, 2010
Next Up: the Little Girl's Dress! (Srsly This Time)
After our last talk about this project, I was inspired by the two-fabric possibilities of this dress, as modeled by the sassy wee lass with the jump rope above. I suddenly had the image of boysenberry paired with navy in my mind. (Where these things come from, I really have no idea sometimes.) I was contemplating two simple stretch shirtings but couldn't find the perfect thing. Solid stretch shirtings are just so . . . boring. Essential, but a tad boring. I just couldn't get too worked up about them.
Then yesterday at lunch, I stepped into Paron's and there it was: a navy and white check in a thick, stable cotton and lycra jersey. (A Cynthia Steffe, no less!) I knew it was the one, so I bought two yards on the spot. This will be for the skirt, sleeves, collar, and back buttons.
Then it was just a matter of finding a coordinating fabric for the bodice in a similar weave and weight. With only a few minutes to spare, I rushed into Rosen and Chaddick and there IT was: a boysenberry-ish rayon/poly/lycra doubleknit. Hallelujah! Thank you, Mr. Rosen and Mr. Chaddick!
I'm really digging these fabrics together. What do you think? Have I lost my mind?
I also like that these are knits, and hence very comfy for playtime. I've also just ordered some bag-making supplies from the fantastic U-handbag (recommended by you lovely readers) so I can make a matching bag in the navy check. Of course, a little hairbow might be in order too. This is going to be fun!
In the meantime, I'm still working on a red linen Dior-esque suit for myself and I have some draping practice to do as well. But I think this little girl's dress will be a delightful little detour.
P.S. If you're curious, the plan is to raffle the dress and accessories off to benefit a children's charity. More details to come!