I am so excited that I finally got my hands on the Antalya Dress pattern by Olga at Kid Approved this week! It is the first of several new patterns by the Willow & Co pattern company and the details are just so fun. I love it! Actually the pattern has a special introductory price this week, so jump over and get a copy now!
(Also, in an attempt to distract Hannah from running away I asked her if she could stand like Princess Aurora, and this is what she did-a kiss. I don’t know. There were lots of flowers to be picked and she was a girl on the move!)
Back to the dress. The Antalya has a slightly loose fit with dolman sleeves, so a good comfortable fit in the armpit and bodice area, perfect for running around at the park. The swooping curved line on the front extends up the bodice on the back, but I decided not to break up this beautiful floral panel on the back, and I topstitched along the curve instead. There is the option to close with a button panel or an exposed zipper, but the best zipper option I had was invisible so I went with it, thinking that it would still peek out a little. Ironically it is the best invisible zipper installation that I have ever done, and you can barely see it when she’s standing up. Oh well.
I love how this pattern gives you the option to do some cool color blocking between the sleeves, the main portion of the dress, and the back panel, or you could use the same fabric on the whole dress and accent the lines with piping. I have been sewing through my fabric stash this winter and spring and didn’t have enough of any one piece of fabric to do the whole dress in, but that is what’s happening next time. Piping accents everywhere! 🙂
I made Hannah a size 2 per her chest measurements but added extra length at the bottom that I hid up in a wide hem that I’m sure will be let down later this summer. She has been growing in height more than anything else recently and I didn’t want this dress to graduate to a tunic anytime too soon.
She loved this dress and was particularly happy with the spin factor on the skirt. It got a full thumbs up for scooter-riding too, which you can’t really beat.
I’m linking this project up to Kids Clothes Week. I have a few more things up my sleeve that I hope to finish off in the next few days, so that’s all for now!
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I’ll just go ahead and admit that I never remember St Patrick’s Day. The kids don’t do anything special at school, I don’t send them in green because they’re in uniforms (or at least Jayce is), and I don’t think to do special holiday things around the house like dye our various meals green. I know, pretty lame, right? But I forget year after year.
However, I DO have this wonderful video of Hannah and Hadley dancing with professional Irish dancers at an Irish Pub in Disney World. She absolutely adored this and killed it on the dance floor. Watch for around :40 when she does a double high kick and gets cheers from the other diners. Hadley was like, “Uh…I’ll just let Hannah do this one.”
I have watched this video over and over since this summer. It is so my girl, ready to dive into whatever it is, full force.
And it’s so cute that she can’t find her hips to put her hands on. Three year olds just kill me.
In the last few weeks all of these happy people have been here and then gone again.
There is something wonderful about seeing family for special occasions, and there is something else that’s wonderful about seeing them for no reason in particular. Typically we see our family about once a year when we descend on their homes, take their rooms, and dip into their lives full force for a few days or a week. But it is good in a different way when they get to hang out with us in our daily things: bus rides, school runs, favorite dinners, nap times, daily dress up or lego building.
It’s never been easy for us to leave our families, even if we have grown accustomed to it over the last decade or so. But it’s becoming increasingly harder on they kids.
For two weeks we had an influx of people that changed each day. There were different combinations of people over for dinner, picking the kids up from school, hanging out in the living room, and staying over night. It was great, sometimes a little tricky, but also deeply satisfying. Unfortunately, the kids got used to people being around, and when everyone left they had to reacquaint themselves with the reality that their extended family is just not around on a day-to-day basis.
For a few days after everyone left there would be comments at dinner like, “Wait! Justin and Tasha can sit in those seats!”
No, they aren’t in London anymore.
“Mom, I’ll look out the window for Grandma and Chelsea to come back!”
This was for the next few days after we had watched them take a taxi to the airport from that window.
I used to try to distract the kids from being disappointed whenever we left family or they left us.
I know you’re sad that we’re leaving grandma and grandpa, but aren’t you excited to get back to London to see your friends? I know they’re missed you so much!
But I haven’t done much of that this week. I don’t want to pull a veil over how enjoyable it was to have everyone around just to help the kids cope with disappointment now that it is over. Instead I’ve just been letting them talk and affirming them when necessary.
I’m sorry you’re sad. I miss them too. That was really fun when we all went to the park, wasn’t it? If they come visit again, what should we show them that we forgot this time?
Also there has been chocolate, the king of all coping mechanisms. And naps. Lots of naps.
This is a very brief catch up because my family is all here and I need to get back to family business. But here are three quick things.
First, I couldn’t go another day without posting a picture of our graduate.
She did it!! And she’s the first Golden with an MSc. We’re so proud of her and there are more pictures, but for now here is a picture of when it all became official.
Or this one, if you need a better picture of her modeling her shoes.
Second, the kids got their school sibling photos back this week and I am dying over them. Dying. Even though I take pictures of my kids all of the time, this two-in-one school photo is just killing me with cuteness, and I am tempted to buy the biggest photo package that they offer so that I can pass this picture out to every single person I’ve ever known. The mom-ness in me is just bubbling over.
Third, have you heard of Kollabora? It is a website that features the work of various artisans: seamstresses, knitters, and various other creatives. It’s great for eye candy, new ideas for projects, seeing what new patterns have been released in the sewing community, and sharing the things that you have made with the other members. I was so excited last week when they asked if I would like to be a featured member! They sent along a few questions and the post went live yesterday, you can read it here. It’s really fun, aside from having to describe myself in three words. Seriously. How would you describe yourself in three words?
And that’s that! Have a good week!