Another geranium dress was definitely in order.
The dress came together quickly and really was a joy to sew, maybe even more so now that I've made it a few times.
I love that Rae created the option to have all of the instructions condensed into one page. When sewing it for the second or third (or more) time, I don't have to print a dozen or more pages that inevitably get jumbled or lost in the abyss that is my sewing table.
Last time I made this dress for Iris, I had some issues with the buttonholes. My buttonhole foot got hung up on the thick seam allowance near the bottom button which caused all kinds of problems. This time I trimmed the seam where the bodice and skirt join to 1/8" near the button placket.
Last time, my pal Inder gave me the ingenious (and perhaps obvious to others) tip that I don't actually have to put the buttonholes where the pattern says they're supposed to go. She steers clear of the seam allowance altogether. (Brilliant, I say!) So, that's what I did, and it worked beautifully. Thanks, Inder!
I bought the wooden buttons from Joanns and the fabric for the dress is this Michael Miller print.
Lately it feels like we're turning a corner and 'baby' Iris is really changing, becoming less like a cave-woman-toddler and more of a little girl.
Her language has exploded. It's so fun and rewarding to finally be able to hear what on her little mind. It's a stage I have enjoyed so much with each of my kids. It's one of my favorites.
It's also so helpful that she can communicate what she's feeling. For instance, now she will tell me that she doesn't want to swing in the baby swing anymore and prefers the big kids' swings, thankyouverymuch. Instead of, you know, just freaking out when I try to put her in the baby swing. See? Helpful.
She's less frustrated which means she's having far fewer tantrums. A win for everyone!
She's exuberant, so affectionate, and so much fun! She's growing up alright. Yet she still loves (insists upon) being rocked to sleep at naptime. And don't get any crazy ideas about her sleeping in her own bed. She not only wants to sleep with us, but also wants to 'cud-cud' (cuddle), too. She's straddling the two worlds of being a baby and being a big girl. And watching that unfold is pretty magical.