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Saturday, February 19, 2011

What do you do when you can't be there to sooth their tears...

...you go home and make them something instead so hopefully they will realise that even if you weren't with them you were thinking about them the whole time!!

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On Wednesday I dropped Chloe off at kindy and the penny finally dropped.  As much as she loves the painting and drawing and play dough and puzzles and as much as she loves her teachers Mrs H and Mrs B, she's finally realised that I leave.  The first few times I think the novelty was enough to win her over but on Wednesday she started crying as I was going.  Mrs B, the most beautiful soul on earth, was there immediately with lots of hugs and telling Chloe all the wonderful things they had planned for the day.  Because Alex attended this particular kindy last year as well, Chloe knows both Mrs H and Mrs B very well and has a very strong liking for Mrs B so I knew that Mrs B would win her over.  Still its not a nice feeling is it, leaving when your little one so desperately wants you.

I already had plans for some lovely fabric but I knew those plans would need to be put into action immediately.  With swatch in hand (how lucky was that), it was off to Spotlight for contrast fabrics and thread then home again to start cutting.  Later in the day I would be arriving at kindy with a dress for Chloe, I wasn't there during the day but I was thinking about her the whole time...


Its Modkids Kyoko pattern, however if you've been in Perth lately you'll know that the weather has been disgusting - hot, humid, sticky, blah!!!!  So I ditched the idea of sleeves and went with a bound, sleeveless look instead much cooler in my opinion.  I also thought that being sleeveless she would be able to wear long sleeves underneath when (if!!!) the weather cools down making it quite versatile.  So although the Kyoko pattern doesn't show/have a sleeveless version let me assure you it is incredibly easy to do.

The pretty geisha fabric comes from The Fabric Jungle.  The inspiration however came from a lovely friend Mel (seriously some of the most beautiful things you will ever see on her blog) who used the fabric in a gorgeous skirt set. The black butterfly fabric was an end of bolt from Spotlight.  I was originally going to get something in a soft grey with flowers (you can probably see the black geisha has grey butterflies on her dress in the next picture) but when I saw the black with the butterflies I knew it was meant to be.  The selvedge says its by Sugar and Spice Textiles.  Made for each other don't you think...


I loved putting this pattern together, so, so easy.  From whoa (woe LOL) to go in a matter of hours.  The instructions are so clear and well written with lots of photographs.  I used french seams so along with the binding its as neat on the inside as it is on the outside.

She had a great day as always, lots of painting (you should see my fridge!!!) and fun and I was waiting there with her new dress and she was all smiles...

10 comments:

cjtato said...

I love, love, love that dress. I only wish I could sew and really regret not paying more attention in class now.

It looks fantastic. Hope Chloe liked it and that next week isn't so bad!

Tas said...

Wow, that is gorgeous. Love your version (one of my favourite patterns) What a special thing to do for your little one. No wonder she smiled!

willow and moo said...

So pretty!

busygnomes said...

Sweet dress, I'm sure carrying your daughter in thought, helped her through the day.

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

First of all big hugs for you and Chloe!
Now i would never have thought not to put the sleeves on that dress but seeing your I LOVE IT! Lulu wore here the other day and the sleeves just get in the way of her messy fun so i shall have to try your version. thanks so much for sharing!

Mary said...

Great fabric combos, just gorgeous. Hope everything settles down for you soon.

Liz said...

absolutely gorgeous! And I so get you on our weather - totally awful. But today is feeling much nicer :)

Photo Booth Girl said...

I found you while looking for Kyoko Sleeveless. I've made this dress, but want to do it sleeveless. Any tips?

Thanks!

Lyns said...

did you have to make any adjustments to the arm opening to make it sleeveless??

Carla said...

No adjustments were necessary in order to bind the sleeves