Our littlest one was officially welcomed into the world and into our community with a shower of blessings and rose petals. As with our vow renewal, it rained and the ceremony had to be moved indoors at the last minute. I planned everything in pastels. A friend showed up unexpectedly bearing huge bouquets of flowers in the brightest and boldest of hues; a complete riot, so entirely different from everything I had imagined and completely perfect.
Our Sweet Wild Violet wore the gown and bonnet I made for her sister 5 years earlier. It was a bit too warm to add in the stockings as well. I love that they both were able to wear it. Still I wanted to make her something special of her own. The party was to be an all day event. Since it didn’t seem practical to keep her in the gown all day, a party dress was in order! I decided to give the Lizzy Dress another go using the chart this time. The yarn is Knit Picks Diadem in ‘Azurite’, blue, blue…deep blue…like the ocean and the sky, her eyes when she was tiny, her beautifully formed umbilical cord, our birth tub!
Rosebud had a new frock of her own to coordinate. I modified this pattern for the bodice. Originally I pictured it with a floral skirt, featuring hints of that same blue. I think there was a specific Liberty of London print that I kept seeing in my mind whenever I closed my eyes. Then I remembered this amazing single yard of green Radiance, cotton silk blend, that I had tucked away for a special occasion. I thought the combination a bit daring really. The silhouette has kind of a regency feel with the empire waist, scooped neck, slightly puffed sleeves, but the striking colors make me think of some of the really bold fashions that started appearing in the 1920′s. Kind of a The House of Eliott vibe. Together they put me in mind of the skyline around our home…treetops reaching up into the deep blue of an early autumn sky. She looked a tiny goddess in it.
I wanted to get some really nice photos of my girls in their dresses, but I didn’t take most of the candid shots that day. The pictures of Seraphina in her gown and most of the decorative detail ones are mine, but most of the rest were taken by other people as my camera got passed around throughout the day. I’ll have to try to get some better ones for posterity’s sake.