Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life,
love gives us
Its been so very long since I have sewn anything more than pants or a skirt. This week we finally laid low and enjoyed a week at home after a month of excitement. So I finally had a little extra time here and there to piece these little dresses together!
Excuse the bizarre facial expressions and wild hair! I was trying to grab these pictures while chasing an 18 month old around the yard, and bribing my children with lollipops! I was lucky to get any pictures at all!
I used my absolute favorite pattern that I always use: the Portobello Pixie "Claire" pattern. I used a bright blend of Woodland Friends for Riley Blake, Amy Butler's Lark, and Apple of my Eye by Amanda Herring (the yellow at the bottom).
To say my girls love them would be an understatement. I had to stop the twirling just to snap these pictures. They ran around outside twirling together all afternoon... like little fair maidens in the Springtime.
And they did some swinging, and singing.
I have another dress in my mind to start on as well! I find I now dedicate Kieran's naps to sewing. I read in one of Dr. Sears books many years ago, that mamas should spend nap time doing something they really enjoy and not doing housework or some other form of drudgery. It has taken me 3 kids to really take that to heart, but now I relish every moment Kieran sleeps... because it means I can whisk myself away into my craft room and make beautiful things. I try to set the girls up with a craft or movie and use that time to recharge for the rest of the day. Kieran has been such a handful lately, but I know this too shall pass. :)
Oh these girls, their handmade dresses, the curls, and the holding hands melt my heart a thousand times over. We mothers have the best job in the entire world... even if we only get a few naps worth of time to ourselves.