5.14.2013

green dress : in two parts

Part One : The Dress


"Is that red velvet?  Real velvet?"

This is the first thing girl child said to me this morning, as I was working on the sash for her new dress.

"Can I touch it?!"

Yup, really real red velvet.  Girl child has a love for velvet for the way it feels.  It follows that she completely loathes more affordable velveteen.  Absolutely beyond my regular means, but I acquired two and a half meters of this vintage fabric as a trade for some chauffeur work.

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Though they are but a few meters, I have some really lovely fabrics that I can't seem to bring myself to cut into.  I am either waiting for the perfect design or really don't want to ruin it in a sewing mishap.  The red velvet is one that I have been afraid to cut - it feels so divine - but really do want to make a hooded jacket for the girl.

I decided to make a little cut, just enough for a sash, to get over my hesitation.  

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This cotton print was sent to me from a reader in Japan a few years ago.  I have been sitting on it, unsure how to use the pretty fabric.  I didn't want to botch it.  Having shifted it a hundred times to get at lesser fabric in my stash, I decided it was time to get over myself.

I'm happy I did.  I love this little number, twirly and flowery for the summer, and, if all goes well, we'll put a blouse under it and call it a winter holiday dress too. 

Girl child is also happy I did. 

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The dress pattern used is a modified Chopin (28) from Ottobre, Summer 3/2010.  I'd like to take a moment to let you know that I completely nailed the zipper.  Really, it's a work of art. 

Part Two : The Photo Shoot


But I won't be able to show you any zipper close ups.  While taking photos, we fell victim to the little brother photo bomb. Behold.

Here is girl child.  Posing.

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And here is the boy child.  Doing his best to mock us and our silly, girlie photo shoot.

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Girl child tries to move boy child out of the frame.

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But that doesn't work well. 

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If first you don't succeed, try try again.

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Boy child is thrilled with all the free rides.

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This time she tries pushing him out with a booty block.

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Which he counters by getting right in front of her and sticking his arse up at me.

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But here's the classy bit.  Girl child figures out that she probably won't win this one, so she just accepts and works with it.

Girl child and boy child.  Posing. 

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8 comments:

  1. I love fabric but I hate cutting it because i am so scared to mess it up. Beautiful sash

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  2. Awesome photo shoot! The dress is beautiful as well :0)

    I also have a few fabrics in my stash that I haven't cut into yet for the same reasons.

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  3. Oh so sweet, both the dress and your kids.

    The girl child suddenly looks all grown up, I have seen her from your first set of tutorial days from craftster and after a long time seeing her in your outfit post, I am stunned. Girls sure grow up fast,dont they?!, my little girl is growing up fast too, god bless!

    Adithis amma sews

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  4. Girl child is a beautiful young lady!! When did that happen? But we can still see how much she loves her little brother - so heart warming.

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  5. Those two are so funny!
    Bravo on sewing with velvet.
    I have a fair few pieces from the opshop which I am much too scared to cut. One day they will be capes...

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  6. Beautiful dress and fun pictures :-)The post makes me look forward to summer...

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  7. She is so gorgeous! I remember when she was just a round-cheeked little thing. Awww.

    And I'm totally loving that dress too; design and fabric. I want it in my size.

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  8. that is so beautiful.. the dress with REAL velvet sash.. gorgeous.

    and your daughter is just adorable.. love that you chose to include pictures of them having a LOT of fun, posing for pictures. you are blessed, charrity. fantastic job!

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