After Sophia was born, I decided that I really just want to relish this last year before Lila starts school. I'm not dreading sending Lila, but I just know that it will open up a different chapter for my little family. One that will have to be a little more scheduled and a little less "let's hang out in our pj's and not go anywhere today."
So I've been trying to let this year be a little more free and easy and carefree. When the house is messy, I'm just rolling with it. When the kids want to color, I try to stop what I'm doing and color. When Madelyn has to go to the doctor to get stitches, we go get stitches. That was yesterdays adventure..... :)
And when Lila is being a weirdo, I let her be a weirdo. Sometimes she gets so silly and I have to remind myself that five year olds giggle whenever you say the word "poop." Not really what tickles my funny bone, but hey, she's five, right? Right.....
Naturally, I had to make a dress that embodied my "carefree" year mood. It's a geranium with a twist.
This biggest twist being, I added sleeves. I love this pattern as is and my only complaint is that it's not as winter friendly. But drafting sleeves made for a quick fix and a dress perfect for chilly weather.
I also switched things up by curving the front bodice upward. I wanted to round it out and make it a little playful. I sewed a 4T bodice and a 5T length.
I bought the fabric from Joanns a couple years ago. It's corduroy and perfect for winter weather.
The buttons are also from Joanns.
Overall, I loved the final result and Lila is always happy to get a new dress that fits. Here's to a relaxed rest of the year!