I rarely purchase patterns anymore. I try to use what I have or what has been given to me. I prefer to spend my money on quality fabrics, so that my dresses can be passed on from one daughter to the next. But like Gail, I just couldn't get this pattern out of my head. It's versatile in that it's great for our warm climate, but will also pair well with a cardigan and tights during our cooler months, too.
This was my first time sewing a True Bias pattern. To be honest, it reminded me a lot of an Oliver + S pattern, but was less than half the price. That is an incredible value. The instructions were thorough and clear with diagrams accompanying each step. The finishing was professional, if even fussy, but in a good way, resulting in a beautifully constructed garment.
I sewed this in a chambray - Kaufman's Jacquard Diamond Plaid in Indigo (which is always sure to please my Indigo!). ;) I'm a pretty big fan of Kaufman chambray and this print was no exception.
I'm kind of a one-trick pony when it comes to accenting with mustard. I know. I can't help myself. It's been my favorite accent color for two years and counting. Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled to find these vintage shank buttons on Etsy. Thankfully the color in the online photo was spot on and it matched my Cotton and Steel solid almost perfectly.
One of the things I love and appreciate about Indigo is that while she is very mature and acts so grown up in many ways, she is still so innocent and fully embraces childhood. She doesn't try to be too grown up.
For instance, she is currently obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie series. Her eyes get wide as she tells me all about Mary and Laura. She played for hours (and days) with this corn husk doll we made together, even knitting hair for her.
She loves to be outdoors catching lizards, picking flowers, and just observing nature. So she is over the moon to have have our new pets - backyard chickens.
We've talked about getting chickens for a couple of years, but I haven't exactly needed another thing on my plate. ;) A good friend of mine assured me that they are pretty low maintenance as far as pets go. So I told the kids if they first showed me they could care for an animal by taking care of our dog, we could get chickens.
They really stepped up to the plate! Over time, our dog and Jude in particular formed a special bond. Jude feeds him, makes sure he always has water, and walks him on our morning walk. All the kids love to pet him and throw his ball for him, so the dog pretty much has it made. The added responsibility of caring for a pet has only made their love for him grow.
So I felt they could handle chickens, with my oversight (of course). We bought three chicks, two Buff Optingtons and one Ameraucana. Ameraucanas lay blueish eggs, which will be fun for the kids.
Indigo has especially bonded with our Ameraucana who she named Heather, after my dear friend Heather who homesteads - raising goats, chickens and even a pet duck. She was our inspiration as well as the person we turned to for advice, so I suppose it's only fair that we name our favorite chicken after her. :)
Indigo is so patient and gentle with the chicks. She will quietly sit by the brooder with a snack in her hand and wait for them to come to her. She sets up their little pen outside, a place for them to peck around during the day, until they are old enough to be moved to a coop with a run.
Building the coop turned out to be a family affair.
Indigo's homeschooling curriculum encourages learning math in a hands-on way by doing as many building projects as possible this year. Jude has always been interested in this sort of thing. Since the time he was small he has been Dan's sidekick. So he's eager to join in on any woodworking project he can.
While they worked, Tia kept watch over the chicks. She is such a gentle soul, too.
Iris had enough enthusiasm and good cheer for both of them... and then some.
Often that's contagious.