Last week I went with my cousin to one of the old local markets to buy some silk fabric. There, as I was waiting for her I entered a shop selling trims, ribbons, and such, and in doing so entered the wide world of buttons. And what gorgeous lovely beautiful buttons there were. And not cheap! So instead of the buying silk, I spent most of my time (and more money that I intended) in this tiny little shop with the shop lady showing me more buttons than what I had seen in my entire life. Here is just a little bit of what I bought–these little gems for frocks and dresses that I am dreaming of making.
Some of these I am happy to say have immediately been put to use!
I have been eyeing this Apple Picking Dress pattern (by Oliver+S) that needed making. Part of this was prompted by the fact that I have now a more than a few of these Oliver+S patterns that I just need to make as Ms. N is already four. And these patterns are too precious to be wasted. While she is on the smaller size, and I can often make a size 3T with extended length, I love whatever I have made of their patterns so much that I do not want to be able to just make one dress.
So despite having about a hundred other things to do, and the fact that N certainly does not need any new clothes, this is what was made.
The fabric is purchased here in Bangalore, and is 100% cotton but on the stiffer side. As in the washing did not make it any softer but only a bit stiffer. While this made the sewing a whole lot easier, I was not too happy with the fact that hardly had any drape.
But what a four year old wants in not what I want. The fact that it is flouncy, does not fall well, and kind of stands up is precisely what seems to give her joy.
What I love is the of course the pattern, which like in the case of all the Oliver+S patterns that I have used turns out beautifully. But I was also happy that I decided to use pink to highlight some aspect of the dress. The placket was a success, after my last disaster, and I do like the way a little bit of pink shows from underneath the ties. I think perhaps they have turned out to be slightly thinner than what the pattern aims at, but I do like the way the contrast works. And this little bit of pink goes a long way.
So all in all there is a happy child and happy me!