The inspiration for the rest of the color scheme came from looking out my window. I live in Michigan which is very grey and snow covered in January. I would love to move south, but for the time being, I have decided to embrace the monotone vista :) I used pattern #6 from this Japanese sewing book for the dress. I made a couple of small modifications for the lace overlay, but overall, it's pretty true to the pattern. I really like the fit and can see myself using it again.
Mae's favorite part of this outfit was the treasure pocket. And in her case treasure = Dora the Explorer lip balm :) After we finished with pictures, she kept playing with the pocket for a while until she got frustrated when she couldn't open and close the snap by herself. I have to be honest, I was tired of opening and closing it for her, so I was glad she moved on to newer and better things!
If the top of this outfit resembles grey skies and falling snow, the bottom is the snowdrift that I seem to loose my boots in at least once every. single. year. These leggings were upcycled from the sleeves of a shirt I found at Salvation Army. They are so thick and fuzzy that Mae's legs look about twice as thick as they normally do :) But at least she is warm!
Since I promised myself that (almost!) everything I make this year will be practical, I figure I may as well hold myself accountable for that promise on my blog. I see Mae wearing these leggings throughout this winter and possibly even next year if she doesn't grow too much. The top is great now with a sweater and will work well in warmer weather as well since it's linen. The treasure pocket only used scraps, and although it's not the most practical object, I think Mae will use it quite a bit. If not, it may end up being a gift card holder for my purse instead :)
Top - Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black
Lace - Vintage
Bottoms - Upcycled fleece shirt
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