Last week, during Bea's naps, I took to the task of making her this Oliver + S dress. It was my first time making her a piece of clothing that had this many pattern pieces. Up until now, I've been a big fan of jumpers and pinafores. Yikes, this pattern made me a bit nervous with 10 whole pieces (I later figured out that I didn't need all ten pieces). Still, I traced and cut them out just in case I decide to make one of the alternate versions of the dress later on. It was my first attempt at gathering. It wasn't quite as scary as I thought it would be. In the end, I'm sufficiently pleased with the dress. I see lots of flaws in it that I'd rather not have. I need to practice getting the yoke and the sleeves to match up nicer as well as the yoke and the main back panel. But I did it - I overcame the fear of working with a real pattern. Perfect or not, it is indeed a dress, that Bea can wear, that her mama made for her!
The two prints I used for this dress come from Joanne's as I wanted to use less expensive stuff for the first run. Besides, the chicken print is one of Bea's favorites. Anytime I have fabric scattered across the living room floor, she always gravitates towards it, drapes it around her neck, and prances around the house. Chickens, it is, for my little bird lover!
In addition to the dress making news, Bea and I received the most lovely of gifts. Yes, I'm as happy as she is! I don't usually post much about "stuff" here, especially new stuff. Although sometimes, in all my giddiness, I'll post about thrifted goodies. However, today, I just can't resist. Let me show you Bea's new play kitchen.
At the end of the school year, I borrowed The Natural Child's play kitchen for Bea to use over the summer. It's a fine wooden kitchen. We found it used on Craigslist, looking for a good home. It has served the children at The Natural Child well and we will use it again this year. Bea has spent hours playing with it both at school and at home. However, I knew that once the children returned to The Natural Child in the fall, Bea would still be left needing a play kitchen of her very own at home.
Anticipating all of this, months ago, I shopped and shopped around on the internet until I found just the kitchen I wanted Bea to have. It wasn't until last week that I finally got around to ordering it. Today we received it. And, oh my. It's some kind of lovely. Do they make them in my size? Solid hardwood. Smooth, beautiful, warm, sturdy. She spent her entire waking moments (except for the hour in which she was whisked away to the pool), playing with this kitchen. Opening, closing, putting here, putting there, taking out, and moving over. Over and over all afternoon. I think this "toy" will be played with for years, and generations to come. The set of pots come from The Juniper Tree Store. They're enamel and have a wonderful weight to them. We are so happy with them as well!