I love lace dresses. They have that romance and oldie, worldy feel that I think we just don’t see enough of anymore. I was so taken with this dress when I saw it online that I couldn’t hit the purchase button fast enough. I found it very different from the vintage, inspired lace dresses I’m usually drawn to, and yet the 100% cotton does give it that vintage feel. I think what really sold me was the 3D effect of the lace. I think it really adds some dimension to an otherwise simple frock.
On another note, I finally got myself a pair of black wedges. Don’t judge! Such a great staple pair of shoes, I can’t think how I got by for so long without them.
The long weekend has thrown my timing off completely. I woke-up Monday morning to not only realise that it was Monday, but to the thought that I had not taken photos of Hugo for that week. I guess when there is a long weekend involved we can count the start of the week as Tuesday! Haha!
Anyway, the weather here is just crazy. To think it is almost June and today I pulled out my winter coat. Monday had some nice, sunny moments, and we made the most of it by taking a nice walk to the park. Manu showed Hugo how to pick the little flowers in the grass, and there is nothing sweeter than a little boy holding flowers. If he would have given them to me I would have burst with pride.
This year I have seriously become obsessed with the colour yellow. Maybe it has to do with the lack of sun in France this year, but I want everything yellow. Yellow bike, yellow flowers, yellow walls, yellow yellow yellow! So imagine just how excited I was when Meltin’ Pot sent me these yellow jeans! I’ve waited for the nice weather to wear them, because in many ways yellow kinda needs sunshine to make it work (unless it’s in the form of a yellow raincoat with matching rain hat, then bring on the rain!).
As for this rather inviting flower patch, I have Hugo to thank. Keeping play time interesting means switching parks several times a week. We don’t often come to this one, as the playground is really for much bigger kids, so the effort was all worth it when I laid eyes on this pretty, sizable patch of grass, deliciously covered in these gorgeous, little flowers. Flowers which when warmed by the sun give off that unmistakeable spring/summer perfume. I just have to hold on to that thought, as the rain and cold has settled in once more. Will summer ever come?
If you have been following my blog you may have noticed it has had a make-over. What do you think?
Being a parent is like being a kid in many ways. We are both discovering new things each day with absolute fascination. As a child, Hugo takes interest in almost anything around him. He examines each object until he finds something new which captures his attention. As his mother, I am amazed at each new development he makes. How he can watch what we do, catalogue it and bring it out when it applies.
Today we went for a walk, and as we walked hand-in-hand I thought how far we had come in something as simple as that. How before I had been petrified that he would escape my grasp, and get hurt. And how even a week ago, we would never have made it around our block without him pulling away from me, and then me having to carry him home. Today he held my hand. He stopped once or twice, pulled me in the directions that he recognised (the Coffee Shop, for one), and as we passed a restaurant playing music, he stopped, gave me a grin and started to dance his goofy, little dance. Not that I dance in the street, but I’ve been dancing with him since he was tiny, and now when he hears music, he can’t help but move to it.
The 18 to 30 Project – Weekly photographs of my son from 1 and a half years to 2 and a half years old.
Haha! So I totally realise that the first photo is a bit out of focus, but seriously it was one of my favourites for this week. Capturing Hugo is getting tougher and tougher as he becomes more and more independent. He no longer walks anywhere, but rather power-walks or runs, and that small issue of not wanting to stay in the stroller I mentioned last week, is becoming all too real. Meanwhile, as Mother Nature is having some serious issues with giving us some decent warm weather, it feels like I have the same inter-season outfits on repeat for this little guy. I do love that varsity jacket though!
The 18 to 30 Project – weekly photos of my son from 1.5 yrs to 2.5 years
This DIY is pretty easy, however posting this to the blog has tested all I know about my computer (which isn’t much). Funny that as a blogger I should be able to master the basics, but when something goes wrong, I am completely helpless and impatient. Anyway, whatever the problem was, it has somehow fixed itself, and I can finally get this online for you.
This DIY came to me while window shopping, which I’ll admit to doing quite a lot of lately. I try to keep out of the apartment as much as possible when weather permits, and as we live close to the town centre, I do enjoy taking my walks in the small, cobbled streets. Window shopping is just a bonus I guess.
- A top (t-shirt, singlet/vest or otherwise)
- Some cotton voile or similar, very, lightweight fabric (pre-washed and ironed)
- Dressmakers pins
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing Machine
First you will want to make a long strip from your light fabric. I opted for a more organic, unfinished look, so I tore my lengths and then ironed them again. The width is up to you, I made mine about 12cm wide. For the length it was a bit of guess work. I ended up sewing a few lengths together to make a really full ruffle. It was just over four times the length of where I wanted to sew it to (to give you an idea). Once that is done, sew a straight stitch 1cm from each edge going down the whole length. This is to stop the unfinished edges fraying too much.
I was not at all aiming for and perfect finish. So to mark out where I wanted the gathering to run (I opted for central) I just folded my fabric over and used my thumb nail to create a crease to use as a guide. From this guide I sewed my gathering stitches approximately 1cm to either side. To make the gathering stitch you will want to use a very, long, straight stitch. You DO NOT want to back stitch. Leave yourself enough length to tie the threads at the end of each row together. At the other end DO NOT tie them, instead pull the bottom threads to create your ruffle.
After you have gathered your fabric, and made sure that it is the same length as the area you want it to cover, tie the threads you have been pulling. You can now even out the gathering, and pin your ruffle to your top. Here again I chose to place it centrally. I secured the top centre of my ruffle to the neck-line of my top, and the bottom centre to the hem. Then I pinned a few sections in between, being careful not to pin it to the back of the top, and making sure that my ruffle was straight down the centre. Note – if you want this to be exact, then mark your top before you pin the ruffle to it. As I said before I wanted this to look quite rough and thrown together so I just trusted my eye.
Once you are happy with the way the ruffle looks, you can remove your gathering stitches (you don’t need them anymore). I then pinned the top and bottom corners of my ruffle to the neck-line and hem of my top so that it would sit open and not flop forwards. I did this by hand but machining would work too.