How was everyone's holiday? Barbecues, Pool Parties, Picnics? Here we tried to have a weekend full of fireworks and photoshoots, but there turned out to be much more whining and crying than we'd ever expected. I'm not sure what the problem is, but both munchkins have been in this kinda cranky, "I'm not listening", meltdown mode for the past month. I'm pretty much losing my mind. Fun right? Not too sure if Life, Liberty, and the right to lock oneself in a closet to hide from their children, is exactly what our forefathers were going for, but I'm sticking with it. "Ha ha ha, They're driving YOU nuts? Oh Ant - That's so cute since you've only had them for 2 hours."
Of course even a few of my projects have been in a bit of a snit this week too, so even though this was meant to be a "red white & blue, patriotic dress" I couldn't find a red belt to save my life! And Reli didn't want to wear it for the 4th of July anyway. Back-up Plan! Gold it is.
Even though it isn't exactly what I had in mind, it still turned out pretty cute. And did I mention I Love this fabric! (Yes, with a capital L.) I knew the second I saw it that it would be perfect for a Caroline Party Dress, and I wanted to piece the stripes together in a way that made the gradient darkest in the center and then lighter as it moved out. It looks more fancy that way, but thank goodness it was easy to sew, because I don't think I could handle drama in any more aspects of my world right now.
Please, please, please don't let the 5 sequin difficulty level scare you off. That rating is only because of the zipper. I know waaaay too many sewers that are scared of them, but the invisible ones honestly couldn't be easier. Don't believe me? Check out the video tutorial I made for them. I promise, easy peasy! You'll be kicking yourself for putting them off for so long.
If you aren't already a follower, you should definitely visit Hayley over at Welcome to the Mouse House and check out her sweet designs. She even made this same pattern in adult sizes so you can make matching mother-daughter dresses. You know, if your kids are the agreeable sort that might find it acceptable to wear matching outfits.....pssst, mine aren't those kind of kids!