I told them I wanted just one picture of them both smiling and looking at me. This is what I got.
In other news. I start me new job tomorrow and I am really excited about this opportunity, but extremely nervous to work outside of the home full time again. I haven't done this since the girls were a year old, so this is will be a huge life change for everyone.
When Lillian and Claire were babies, I could spend hours just staring at their sweet little faces. I studied every freckle, dimple and crease they had. Seeing their faces would brighten up my day instantly. It's funny, that hasn't changed at all. I still catch myself staring at them while they are intently playing a game, coloring a picture or mesmerized watching something on the tv. I have noticed the faint freckles they have developed across their cheeks and noses this summer after spending endless hours playing outside. I notice scars and for the life of me, I cannot figure out when exactly they get them. We tend to have a lot of cuts, scrapes and bruises with these two girls. Seeing their bright smiles and goofy grins helps me push through all the stress and craziness that comes along with life. I love these girls and their sweet little faces.
Over a month ago I was asked to make an adult maxi dress for someone and I was nervous and hesitant, but eventually said I would give it a try. I had never made any sort of adult clothing before and really had no idea what I was doing. I have a very limited experience sewing with knits, but it isn't so bad. When I was ordered fabric for the requested dress, I decided to go ahead and order some fabric to try and make myself a dress as well, after all, I have wanted a long black maxi dress, but couldn't find one that I really liked at a price I was willing to pay. I also found some adorable fabric on clearance and bought a yard to make dresses for Lillian and Claire.
While I was waiting on the fabric to arrive, the shipping took forever, I went to town researching on Pinterest how others went about making their own maxi dresses. I found a handful of ideas from various tutorials and tried my best. Now, if you know me and my sewing ways, you know by now that I don't really like to use patterns. For some reason patterns seem to make sewing difficult for me. I like to look at ideas and various inspirations and wing it. Sometimes this works for me and other times it doesn't. Thankfully, this time I seemed to have success with all four dresses I made.
The first dress I made was using this beautiful emerald green and black chevron knit fabric, I loved it. I unfortunately do not have a picture of that dress to share. I did try the dress on, but since I was making it for someone else it wasn't my size, so the photos don't do it any justice.
Next I made my own dress. I wanted solid black so it is something I can wear year after year and not have to worry about the print going out of style and I can pair it with anything. I had learned a few tricks from the first dress that this second one went together a little easier and their wasn't as much guessing going on. I had to go back and make adjustments and shorten it a little bit and I will have to shorten it a little bit more, but over all, I love it and it is extremely comfortable.
The third and forth dresses I made where a bit more challenging since these were for Lillian and Claire and I really had no idea what I was doing, but again crossed my fingers and hoped they would be presentable. Luckily, the girls think anything I make for them is beautiful, so that takes some pressure off. I, again, searched Pinterest and looked through many, many tutorials and took ideas from all of them. Their dresses are slightly different, but not by much. Claire has more of a tank style dress and Lillian has little flutter sleeves on hers. I had the main fabric, but didn't have a clue what I was going to use to edge the neckline and arm holes. I ended up cutting up one of the girls old shirts that had some stains on the chest and it worked perfectly for what I needed. As far as a pattern, I took one of their tank tops out of their closet and traced around adding in some seem allowances to get a rough shape for the top of their dress. For the bottom, I started with the width I needed at the waist and flared it out a little as I cut. This is pretty much the part where I cross my fingers, because I was just guessing on what to do. I cut all of my pieces the night before I was going to sew and then in a few hours the following afternoon I whipped together these adorable dresses. Lillian and Claire love their dresses and I love seeing them dance around the yard wearing them.
Of course there are flaws in all of the dresses, but I think I am the only one who really notices them, so I won't point them out on here. You might be able to spot an obvious one or two yourselves.
We've now taken the girls twice to a local spray park this summer and they love it. It is fun because we have taken them each the past three summers. The first summer, they refused to run through the water and get wet, they just ran around the outside of the spray area enjoying watching the other kids. Last summer, Claire eventually ran through the water and got wet, but Lillian had little interest and instead splashed in a puddle. This summer, they were both a little timid on their first trip, but eventually Claire ran in and got all wet and Lillian followed some time later. When we went for the second time this summer, they both ran right into the water and loved getting wet. It still took Lillian a little bit longer to get her head wet, but she takes after me a little bit like that, I don't mind getting my body wet when swimming, but I don't like putting my head underwater unless necessary, never have.
They have cups in pictures, because just running through water isn't enough. Apparently it is a thing at the spray park, you need a cup to fill with water and throw at the others around you. We actually had a great time our second trip because it was slightly cooler and since it started raining on our way there the park was nearly empty. The rain did stop right before we arrived.