After I made Iris' Mori dress, I knew I wanted to make one for Tia, too.
Tia and Iris have been in the cutest stage recently where they love to dress alike. Since they don't have matching dresses, this often requires them to pair leggings with a tshirt - worn backward so any differences like a flower, bow or pizzazz-y print are facing the back. From the front, it appears as though they match perfectly.
These wardrobe choices sometimes result in disapproving glances when we are out on our morning walks. When Jude and Indigo were small, if they were dressed haphazardly, people would give me understanding smiles. But with a larger family, it results in looks of scorn!
In this case, we just keep on marching to the beat of our own drum. Tia and Iris are finally becoming best friends, instead of frenemies, so I am not going to discourage this one bit. At the same time, I do miss seeing them in their mama made dresses and I would feel sad if they gave up wearing them already. And with the heat of the Texas summer creeping up on us, soon it will be far too hot for pants. They both approved of wearing their matching "angel" dresses, even if they aren't exactly alike.
I made Tia's dress in this double gauze from the Imagine Gnats shop. I made Iris's dress in a different brand of double gauze from Purl Soho. The gauze from Purl Soho was fluffier, but incredibly hard to cut. It would not stay on grain, I had to re-cut several pieces, and the skirt pieces looked a bit wonky - though fine in the end, when everything was sewn together. I had previously never struggled with double gauze before and just thought my sewing game was off. The double gauze from the Gnats shop is much more stable and is easy to work with. Still, in the end, I was happy with both dresses.
For the contrasting panel, I again used a print from Joann's southwest section. Then I added some gold piping. Tia loves all things fancy so I knew this would be a detail that she would love... and it is! Kids are so easy to please!
Here Tia is holding our latest, and hopefully last, addition to our backyard flock. She is an Easter Egger (called an Ameraucana by hatcheries) who Indigo named Dumpling. Indigo has wanted one ever since she had to give her previous one away, after we discovered he was a rooster.
We had to wait several months for this chick, since they are in very high demand. They are friendly birds who also lay blue eggs. So far Dumpling is a total sweetheart!
For Indigo's birthday, she also got three bantam silkies. It is believed that this breed originated in Ancient China. They will grow up to weigh less that 2 lbs and will lay eggs that are half the size of regular chicken eggs.
They have five toes instead of four and have black skin and bones. Their fur feels more like silk than feathers and traders used to trick people by telling them that Silkies were half chicken and half rabbit. They are also known for being docile, sweet and silly. Some people call them the teddy bears of the chicken world. If you haven't seen what one looks like when full grown check it out. It's sure to put a smile on your face.
Indigo asked for these silkies for her (April) birthday and we had to order them back in December being they sell out so quickly.
Our chickens have been such a source of joy and fun for our kids. We love them so much!
If you're considering starting your own backyard flock, I highly recommend it! And I highly recommend the Mori dress, too!