Isn't it funny how a characteristic in someone can drive you crazy one moment, but be the very thing you love about them the next? Olive is rather mischievous. Like, the other day she brought up how "when she was little" she used to hide her vitamins because she didn't like them. She laughed to herself and I responded that I just found one in the corner of the bottom of the pantry in shades of green that even I was repulsed by! She laughed even harder, like her big joke had finally played out and the punchline was even funnier than she had schemed. How this one loves life, and it's hard not to get sucked into the point of view of her world. The more I'm her mother, the more I try to allow myself to be a visitor there.
Clover was wearing this yellow dress the other day and a reader wondered if I had done a tutorial on it without her knowing. Of course not! [although if anyone wants to volunteer to organize this blog of mine into nice neat, easily navigated categories and buttons, please let me know.] But I thought it was a great idea: an easy to put on, easy to care for kind of frock for the summer of little girls who spend more time flitting about than on closures and such. Divine is more of a button up and keep it ironed kind of girl. Pearl is more of a if-I-can-wear-it-while-I-ride-my-bike-fine kind of girl. The remainder three are my girlie girls. Clover not only likes to wear tutus, but she likes to stack them like a summer ice cream cone.
For your chiquitas:
Wonder Tape to hold it in place.
skiwampus after I did that, but lacing it up, you can't even tell ;). Next sew your shoulder seams with a slight zig zag. At this point make sure it fits over your child's head. Yes, I've overlooked this step at times and have regretted it.
The sleeves are just two strips of fabric folded lengthwise. Keep them small. They will go past the bodice and into the skirt. Fold each piece and attached to the bodice, raw edges matching up with the dress. Next sew the little sleeve seam and the skirt edge. Hem the bottom, lace it up with a bit of ribbon...
and your little Chiquita is ready for her [non-alcoholic, in case you thought I was a *bad mother] Sangria Senorial!
When I took these photos and opened up the bottle of sparkling beverage, Olive's eyes got really big.
She put the bottle to her nose before her lips had a chance and savored the scent for a few moments,Then, with even bigger eyes, she put it to her lips. Maybe I ought to teach her to drink from a glass bottle with a little less...awkwardness and straining.
See that look on her face? That's the joy she freely shows so frequently.
She might have mentioned that I'm the best mom in the world.[*]
She does that frequently, too.
It will be our little secret, though ;)