When my delicious Stretch College Stripe arrived in the post from Nosh, Darcy made all the same sounds as I did after stroking it affectionately and holding it against her cheeks. (Come on, I know you do that too.) It reminded us of soft, smooth, sweet ice cream (only warmer).
I had just one dress in mind; the Cocoon Dress. Scout has one already, now one for Darcy. Darcy didn’t want the shoulder frills. ‘Say what!’ A Cocoon Dress without shoulder frills is like cake without icing. OK, just as lovely but a little less sweet. Fine!
What’s wrong with this picture?
You don’t have to be very sharp-sighted to work out that this Cocoon Dress has shoulder frills. And if you are a regular at Needle and Ted, you will know this is not Darcy.
OK, let me explain. We had a little problem. For want of a better word, we’ll call it ‘Shouldergate’. And this little pic right here says it all. [insert sad face emoji and move swiftly on].*
After a quick chat with Anna (I contact her every time I have a problem), she confirmed that unpicking the sleeves and attempting to add ‘a feature’ may be worse than sticking pins in my eyes.
So to Plan C: Cut it up and make a smaller dress (for Scout). You could call it 2 dresses in one.
This is where I thanked my lucky stars that:
- I didn’t have twins (or they would likely be the same size)
- There is a 4 year age gap between my girls (hence a 4 year dress size gap, hurrah!)
- Both my girls are girls (boys don’t wear dresses – generally speaking)
And hey! At least now I can add shoulder frills. Turing Shouldergate into a happy ending [insert happy face emoji].
Stretch College, Pastel Rose/ Black is one of my favourite Nosh fabrics so far. It is ridiculously soft and cosy. Pure luxury against your skin and a gorgeous shade of pink. You MUST check out the Groove Dress Inés made in the Taffy/Black. I have my eye on that colour too.
By the way, the rabbit mask, it’s pretty random. I hope you weren’t expecting an explanation.
But that’s not all
I also got some rather unusual black loopback sweatshirting. If I had more I would have made a cardigan for myself, but I only had enough for a small cardigan. Scout is small and needed a cardigan. Bingo!
So I went about my merry way and within a few hours a Fishtail Kimono was born.
I narrowed, lengthened and added a cuff to the sleeve. Wide sleeves always remind me of the time that I lost my fork during dinner, only to find it 10 minutes later up my sleeve. True fact.
I toiled with the idea of lengthening the the back to make it a bit more ‘fishtail’. Maybe next time.
Emi gave me the idea of adding a belt to hold it snuggly together.
I’ll make a loose belt, but I won’t do yet, that’s far too easy. What I’ll do is wait a few months until I forget where I put the of the fabric, hunt for it for ages, mess up my entire fabric stash until it’s a big mess on the floor and then I’ll do it. [Insert wink emoji followed by chuckle emoji].
In order to take pictures of Scout in her Fishtail Cardigan she came up with an idea, I had to do a 50 piece Shopkins jigsaw puzzle with her in exchange for 3 pictures. I agreed, but sneakily took a few extra hoping she wouldn’t realise. This was her face after realising I hadn’t stopped at 3. I’m loving it.
And if you’re interested, you can get the lowdown of what Scout is wearing under her cardigan here.
Have a nice weekend y’all.