One of the great things about being a seamstress in Paris is the fabric district! On the flip side one of the worst parts of being a seamstress in Paris is the fabric district. It is pretty much your only option when it comes to fabric.
Whats the big deal you ask? For me, who lives on the complete opposite side of the city, it means setting aside an entire morning or afternoon if I need the littlest thing.
I needed twill tape in the worst way the other day but I just couldn’t force myself to drive the 30 minutes, try and find a legal parking spot (impossible) only to dash in and grab what I need only to drive 30 minutes home.
If I metro it we are talking about a 50 minute one way trip. Ugh. So now that I have complained enough you will understand why lately I have trying to be more resourceful with my fabric sourcing.
This last week I was at my fav grocery store Monoprix and was staring at the new super cute tea towels they just got in. “why don’t they make fabric this cute?” I thought, then headed on my way. The next day we decided to do a quick (literally 15 minute) family photo session since my lovely (and super talented) friend Nichole Van was in town. I had been dragging my feet to do it mainly because I was loath to put together outfits. Usually this is my favorite part but right now we are really trying to save every last penny for the house we are building and I just couldn’t justify going out and buying anyone anything new. Nichole and Chris both talked me into doing them anyway and I decided to mix it up from my usual classic muted tones and go with brights.
(These pictures are literally sent straight from Nichole’s camera wirelessly so they have zero editing. How awesome is she?)
Everyone had things in their closets for this except the girls. Thats when it hit me that I could easily whip them up fun bright dresses out of the tea towels I saw! I dashed to the store and sewed both dresses up during Chloe’s nap (this is what happens when you pattern test a dress one million times, you can sew it in your sleep at lightening speed). Chloe woke up as I was putting the zipper in her yellow herringbone dress and promptly told me she did not like it. Mind you this is about 45 minutes before I was to get all four cuties dressed to meet Chris and the Van’s downtown (by myself I might mention… doesn’t that just make you sweat thinking about it?) I coaxed and pleaded and tried to bribe but all she wanted was the dress I had made Evie. Of course. Isn’t that ALWAYS how it is with little sisters?
If there is one thing I have learned from my years doing family photography is during or right before a photo shoot is NOT the right time to pick your battles. Luckily Chloe’s dress fit Evie fine (a little shorter then I would have made it if I had known) and while Evie’s was LONG on Chloe everyone was happy and we got a picture we all love.
^^^I cropped this picture way down so you could see the yellow dress a bit better, that is if you aren’t blinded by my horribly white winter legs ha!^^^
I fell so much in love with the yellow dress that I wanted to make another in hopes Chloe would actually wear this one.
Again I hit up the tea towel section of Monoprix and bought three of the whale print towels.
While she still wasn’t a huge fan she did put it on willingly and twirl a few times (her stamp of approval). She wore it on our day trip out to Chateau Vaux le Vicomte and I went a little crazy with the pictures. Even after she literally bit the dust she was in such a happy mood, I couldn’t help myself!
Oh my goodness those little whales kill me ha!
After a very long afternoon throwing rocks and exploring the chateau we headed home.
Poor Chloe passed OUT in the car even with all my attempts to keep her awake until we got home.
Evie also got to wear the dress I actually made for her out to the Chateau.
She was actually feeling pretty under the weather and was very happy when Chris pulled up in a golf cart to drive us around the gardens instead of walking through them.
We straightened her hair that morning and I couldn’t believe how much older it made her look. We will NOT be doing that again ha! I need my little girl to stay little as long as possible. Evie’s dress is my Tuileries Pattern and Chloe’s whale dress pattern will be released after it goes through some testing. There is a really fun over the top glamo version as well that I cannot wait to share! Some day I am sure my girls are going to stop demanding to wear a dress everyday and then I can finally branch out on my pattern creation. For now, it’s all they want and I am more then happy to keep creating them! Especially if I have an endless source of fun tea towels!