When I saw Suz's version here, I couldn't wait to sew this pattern. Isn't her dress fabulous? I kind of want to copy it exactly, it's so perfect. But this time, I made this mustard corduroy-with-birds dress for Tia.
Tia was so, so excited about this dress. From the moment she spotted the fabric through the entire process of me making it, she repeatedly asked when it would be done. That doesn't happen all the time, so when it does, it makes sewing something for her even more special.
The only change I made to the dress was to overlap the two bodice pieces more than the pattern indicated - by almost 2 inches. This made the V on the neckline less deep. This also meant shaving off some of the width of the skirt front by that same amount, so the two pieces would fit together.
I tried it on Tia as I was making the bodice changes and I was really happy with the overall fit. (Suz has since adapted the pattern so the V is less deep than the pattern I was working with.)
The details of this dress are so unique. I'm definitely a fan of piping so the piped bodice and piped pockets drew me in.
Tia loved those pockets so much! She couldn't stop talking about them!
Speaking of talking, it's so fun to hear what's on Tia's mind these day. A couple of months ago Dan bought a net to go above a half wall that's open to our stairs below. Tia asked what the net was for and I didn't want to give her or Iris any ideas about climbing so I said, "Daddy bought it to keep you safe."
"Ooooohhh!" she said, beaming. "Yeah. I get it. So if bad guys ever snuck into our house at night and quietly crept up the stairs to try to get me, the net would fall on them and capture them! And I would be safe!"
Remember how I said they were Scooby Doo fans? :)
Then just last week, she told me that her teacher mentioned to her that she was adopted. I asked her how that made her feel. She exclaimed, "Happy!" and then followed with, "I thought about when I saw you for the very first time at the orphanage. My heart was so, so happy!"
We've told her many times that meeting her was one of the happiest days of our lives. But it was really heart melting to hear her say that to me. She is such a sweet and gentle child.
On this particular evening she asked if we could take photos in a field in our neighborhood. It was getting late and we were losing light. My instinct was to keep it easy and stay home, but I wanted to make it special for her so I agreed.
We ended up having such a wonderful time together. She led me around and told me where she wanted to take photos.
After we were done with our photos she asked if we could play tag. We did and I learned three things. 1. Tia is really fast. 2. I'm pretty out of shape. 3. I'm really, really glad I said yes.
We had so much fun chasing after each other, laughing and out of breath. It reminded me of this post that I wrote awhile back while taking photos of Indigo in this very same field - on how important it has been for me to say yes.
A seasoned executive once told Dan that the secret to surviving in the business world is this: Think about what you want to say. Pause. Say something different. Dan and I always thought that was really funny. I'm learning that sometimes that can be sage advice for parenting, too. :)
Today on Suz's Sunday Picnic dress tour are also Victoria from As It Seams and Erin from Our Family Four. Here's a sneak peek of their beautiful girls in their lovely dresses.
by Victoria of As It Seams
by Erin of Our Family Four
You can read more about Victoria's dress here and Erin's here.
For the duration of the blog tour, Suz is offering a 15% discount on her Sunday Picnic pattern with the code: SUNDAYTOUR15 .
Thanks for having me, Suz!