Be sure to click over to their blogs and see what they made!
Ever since I first saw the beginnings of this fabric several months ago, I have been dreaming about the fun summer cover-up I would make with these fabulous bathing beauties! Designed by Dinara Mirtalipova for Windham Fabrics, you can read more about Dinara's design inspiration by clicking over to her blog above.
Though I generally don't make "Mommy and Me" outfits, these two main patterns were different enough in scale that I felt like it was OK (as in not super-super-dorky even if we wore them on the same day). Plus, my little swimmer girl who paddled around for hours in the lake yesterday despite chattering teeth, definitely "needed" this swimming-ladies pattern in something.
I ended up making aWashi dress by Rae Hoekstra, for me (which I have been meaning to do...forever...) and a quick pillow-case dress for her. There is a great pillow-case dress tutorial here. I just threw this together in a half-hour---I don't put a lot of time and effort into making things for her lately because she is 3 and FULL of opinions about her clothes. See below.
So...she did not LOVE her dress. In fact, she had a complete screaming temper tantrum about wearing it. This is dad, bribing her with a promise of ice cream to get her to cooperate with photos---let's be honest about the other side of pretty blog pics.
Looks bucolic, right?? Little do you know...
This Washi dress was a great one for me to make now...7 mos pregnant, because it has shirring on the back that gives it a little stretch and some small pleats in the front, so I can wear it now and in August after the baby comes.
This is the face that we mostly saw.
These beautiful lupines finally provided some distraction.
I can't wait to make more of these dresses and tops---it was an easy one-day project and in this fabric makes a great swim day cover-up!
What would you make? Leave a comment here, I will be giving away two fat quarters bundles of this fantastic summery fabric to two lucky winners!
Thanks to everyone who left such nice comments! I enjoyed reading what you would do with this fabric! Sounds like the beach will be full of sun-bathing ladies this summer! ;) The winners of the giveaway are Gill and Carla! I sent you an email, ladies, so send me your address and I will send out your fabric.