Josie the Builder

Last night Jared gave Josie some soft blocks as an early birthday present.  It's hard to say for sure, but I think she likes them:

(I love how she squeals and raises her arms in victory when she's successful.  I have no idea where she got that from, but I'm pretty sure it's the cutest thing ever in the history of block-stacking babies. Closely rivaled by spontaneous clapping, naturally.)

Blue Striped Dress

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It's almost warm enough here in NYC to start wearing this dress again, and I'm pretty excited about it. I think the dress is, too--it's been waiting long enough! I bought this fabric on ridiculous clearance from Fabric.com at the end of summer of 2010. By summer of 2011, I was convinced that it was meant to be a dress. A full skirted glory of horizontal stripes. Jared was not as convinced. He thought that many stripes on any one person was probably a bad idea. So I hesitated. But near the end of the summer I stumbled across a Kate Spade dress, full-skirted and striped from neck to knees--just the vindication I needed to pull out my fabric scissors.

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I got to work, and finished up this happy frock just in time for (a) fall and (b) pregnancy.  So, needless to say, this lightweight cotton, tight-waisted dress hasn't gotten a lot of use. (I think I only managed to wear it one or two times before the winter chill and my expanding waistline forced it into hibernation.)

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But finally, my waist and the weather are permitting me to put it back into rotation, and I'm so glad--it's one of my favorite things I've sewn. I like the way it fits, the stripe-matching makes me proud (check out the chevroning on the side seam--pretty awesome, right?), and the bold stripes are really fun to wear.

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The pattern I used is Simplicity 2444. I scooped the back neckline a bit, and shortened the sleeves, but overall it was a great pattern and fit really well.

Gratuitous Josie picture below. (Because, really, how could I not? That face!!!)

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