This round was really tricky for me. I am a HUGE fan of flowers and even floral print, but I have never ever even purchased myself something floral print let alone made something. My mind always does battle with sizes of prints, colors and cuts. So, when I saw that this weeks theme was flower power I sort of panicked. Luckily I had a wonderful friend visiting who calmed me down and reassured me when I finally did make a decision (I wish we could all have a friend like that around all the time!). I decided to base my look on one of my favorite places in France, Monet’s Garden.
The look is actually two outfits, the first using a dress as a top:
I decided to make a long silk skirt from this gorgeous water color like fabric that I have used before and loved. I love the way it makes the skirt look like it is moving. Just like the flowers in the wind (and believe me there was plenty of wind that day ha!)
It is a super simple skirt with a band waist and zipper enclosure. As you can see my desire to have it be long and flowy met with the clouds desire to soak me and I had a pretty wet skirt bottom on my hands after only a few minutes ha!
The dress underneath is actually one of my favorite things I have made lately. It was inspired by this dress of Merrick‘s. I just added length, tightened it up a bit and made my sleeves a wee bit tighter. I adore the citron color and feel like it gives me the same visual high that flowers do.
I have found it near to impossible to find a maxi dress with sleeves, something I can just throw on, add a belt and necklace and walk out the door. I loved this one so much I have already started on one in grey and mint. All of the fabrics are from Girl Charlie. It was the first time I have purchased from this shop and I had such a great experience. No they are not a sponsor and I totally paid for the fabric 100% so I feel no obligation to say those things but really, fabulous quality and lightening shipping. Makes this sewer a happy one! ANYWAY, back to flower power. My dear friend (and super talented photographer, decorator, floral arranger mommy extraordinare) Elizabeth, just happen to be visiting last week. I knew I wanted to make a floral crown so I scoured the fabric district for wire (it is really really really hard to find and then really really expensive) and went to the flower shop down the street. I had no idea what I was doing and just bought what I loved. Elizabeth whipped up this stunning reversible crown while I was in the shower!!! Yeah, that fast! Hows that for talent! And she took the pictures of me WITH a baby strapped to her! She’s a keeper.
I loved the big huge peonies side but the boys/men preferred the more refined lizianthus side.
Either way I got lots and lots of attention and since it was POURING down rain the flowers got lots of water ha! If you have a moment please hop over to Project Sewn and check out all the fun flower frenzy and cast your vote. I am REALLY hoping I squeeze through for next week because I am pretty pumped about the outfit and photo shoot for it.
Thank you! Cheers!