4th of July has always been my secret favorite holiday. Love Christmas, love Easter, love Thanksgiving (mostly the food on that one) but Independence Day is in the summer and that makes all the difference for me. I don't have to bundle my kids in coats, heck, they don't even have to wear shoes if they don't want to. My girls ask for their nails to be painted like so.
We BBQ and sip soda outside and my children can get as sticky as they please. We watch fireworks, light sparklers and throw little white poppers on the ground and hope that all those little shoe-less feet get outta the way. We go to parades and watch awkward people wave. And they throw candy at me. All in the name of freedom. It's like my dream come true.
I made this dress for Lila to wear for the 4th of July weekend (and beyond, I never like to take the time to sew something that will only be worn once). It turned out very Norman Rockwell esque, which is what I was going for.
Which is what I was going for. The material is a bottom weight denim. I used the First Day Dress pattern as a base, but lowered the bottom and ruffled a rectangle strip to make a drop waist. Because the fabric was a little stiff, I feel like the ruffle doesn't lay as nicely as I envisioned, but I'm still happy with the way it turned out.
And I always like the button enclosure in this pattern. Nice and simple.
Life for us has gotten very simple--like a Norman Rockwell painting.
Not to say that it's easy or perfect, just simple.
Having the twins has forced us to make things as uncomplicated as possible. We say "no" a lot. We don't go out much. And since being a hermit is basically my dream come true, I've been more than happy.
PS This is how Lila really feels about soda. #notafan