bringing home a post i did for StraightGrain’s weekly “Kids Clothes – Belgian Style” series. i kicked off the series a few weeks ago, and since my post, there have been three super fantastic guest posts you should check out – Suburbia Soup, Crafterhours, and Groovybaby…and mama! i’ve loved every one and can’t wait to see what the next guests have in store.
anyway, i just had to have this deer geranium dress living on my own blog – it still cracks me up every time i see it. Made by Rae Patterns is a sponsor now too, which i’m totally psyched out of my mind about, since i sew her patterns all the time and love them to bits! she’s a huge role model and i’m so happy to have her. welcome, Rae!
Hello StraightGrain readers! I’m especially excited that An invited me to be a guest in this series – why? Because I had actually made this dress a couple days before she even emailed me, inspired by An herself! I laughed out loud when I got her invitation to participate, it was so perfectly-timed. Talk about serendipity.
Honestly, this type of pastoral/photographic print is in the section of the fabric store I tended to give a wide berth, assuming it was for hunters and people looking to make curtains for their cabins in the woods. Never in a million years would I have had the foresight to gravitate toward a print with deer all over it to make a dress for my little gal, but BEHOLD! An had me doing just that. It’s not the type of look you see in America too often, but I’m hoping we can change that because it’s fantastic.
I have the same philosophy as An where I think a loud print pairs best with a simple silhouette, so I used the Made by Rae Geranium Dress pattern, which is really well-written and versatile. I made it in a 3T with a 4T skirt – options are scoop neck, faux cap sleeve, pleated skirt. My daughter loves it.
As I browsed An’s Kid’s Clothes Belgian Style Pinterest board, I noticed a few trends in styling – colorful belts, rain boots, brightly colored tights, white backgrounds. I had no idea that Belgians had such a specific style, but it’s so inspirational to me – I love the playfulness and lighthearted attitude of the outfits, which have very classic silhouettes. I want to make more!
Living in a pretty gray and rainy place (Portland, Oregon, USA), people tend to layer up around here a lot, so it’s especially fun to add bright pops of color to the mix. I made the belt in golden shot cotton, left over from my daughter’s Sunshine Dress. It has sunshiny buttons, too.
I got my fabric locally, and the selvedge says “Sanctuary by Wade Butler for Wilmington Prints.”
To play with the forest-y theme even more, I lined it with a woodgrain print (Tina Givens for Free Spirit). I think kid’s clothes should have an element of fun to them, which is why I’m falling so hard for Belgian style.
Thanks so much for having me, An!