I suppose I could show you pictures of snow and ice…but really, aren’t we all over it? So instead, let’s daydream of warmer days, bare shoulders and cute handmade clothes! My goal over the past year has been to drastically decrease the number of clothes that I own. I’ve whittled down my wardrobe to include only pieces that fit well and that I truly love. I was still rocking some jeans from high school and my body shape has totally changed since then (yep, having two kids will do that to you!). Most everything went to Salvation Army, while a few of the nicer pieces were sold at the local Second Time Around. I used that money to buy a well-fitting pair of jeans from Madewell. That was it. I don’t want to fill my closet again just because I have the room. Nope- instead I want to carefully make a few pieces that will carry me through each season. I want them to fit my body perfectly and fit my lifestyle (which means easy to clean, and not too fussy). Actually what I’d love is a uniform- getting dresses is such a tough task when you have all of 2 minutes to yourself in the morning. Anyway, my winter wardrobe is looking good (see here and here), and with my almost finished Antler sweater, I will be styling. Now onto spring! The above Liv cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge is perfection- the color, the drape. This is going to be next on my needles, and I’m thinking of copying her yarn choice, or trying it in the pictured Anzula For Better or Worsted in Grace. Is that a gorgeous blue green, or what?
Next up, sewing! I adore these two dresses, as stitched by Cut Cut Sew. The dress on the left is the Ruby Dress by Made by Rae. I love the lace and denim. Perfectly chic, and with a hand-knit cardigan thrown over top it would be ideal for spring. Can you even handle how cute it would look with a pair of Hunter rain boots- I sense an impending photo shoot as soon as the snow melts and I get stitching! The dress on the left is a hodge podge of patterns as put together by Cut Cut Sew. I’m not sure how I’ll copy it- but I am going to try. I even bought the same fabric- chambray with tiny with dots.
Finally, I’m trying to decide what to make with these gorgeous hand blocked fabrics I brought back from India. They are so perfect for spring, but I’m stumped. While in India I had my favorite shirt copied and made in a variety of similar hand-blocked prints (I’ll show them to you as soon as I’m inspired to wear them- meaning spring). So I don’t need any shirts….perhaps dresses. Any cute dress patterns you’ve seen lately that would lend themselves well to these fabrics? I’d love some inspiration.