A few weeks ago, I made a seventies style dress, and yesterday I made a variation on it. Same basic idea (bodice with zip + skirt + sleeves) but different details.
I replaced the pleated skirt with a circle skirt (my first ever!), the symmetrical collar with an asymmetrical one, and the tulip sleeves with a little experiment: notched sleeves (inspired by the Ice Cream and Geranium dresses, I guess).
The main fabric is Nouveau Geo Blue by Art Gallery Fabrics – I bought it in this Etsy store and it instantly became one of my favorite fabrics ever. I love the colors and the art nouveau-inspired print, but the quality of the fabric is also amazing: it is slightly thinner than most quilting fabrics, and much softer too. According to the Art Gallery Fabrics website, the fabric has “a deliciously decadent feel” – and that is absolutely true!
So, how about the title of this post, huh? I must say I read on more than one blog that little girls tend to like (dresses with) circle skirts, but only now do I experience first-hand what a circle skirt does to the three-year-old owner of two X-chromosomes. I’ve never EVER seen Norah so enthusiastic about a piece of clothing as she is about this dress. She wanted to put it on as soon as it was finished (no chocolate bribes necessary), she twirled around in it until she was practically nauseous (and then some more), next she insisted on going upstairs and to show it to her dad (“He’s working, Norah, he’ll be downstairs in an hour” – “I’m going NOW!”) and she uttered the historic sentence “I want to do a photoshoot now, mom”. I will cherish those 8 words forever.
I managed to postpone the “photoshoot” until today, and her circle-skirt madness hadn’t dwindled even a tiny bit. She insisted (wow, she does a lot of insisting lately!) on taking pictures in her room and in the study, and she wouldn’t take off the dress for her nap.
So, how do you become the most popular mom on the planet?
A circle skirt, dear readers.
A stupid simple circle skirt.