Saturday, April 24, 2010

The simple life dress.

Its Saturday today.

Its cold and blustery outside.

Bren and I have been having lots of conversations about life, our business and our family's journey lately. Lots of conversations about the simple life and sustainability and lifestyle.

The pattern for this dress came to me in the middle of the night the other night after one of these discussions. While its not quite Little House On The Prairie, I am going to call it The Simple Life Dress.

I've made it from odds and ends of cord, some elastic in the sleeves, some thrifted bias binding and a zipper in the back, a crochet doily and some crocheted ric rac.

Its comfy, its warm and snuggly and its great for jumping in puddles.

Also today we are eating roast vegies and salad for lunch made entirely from Daylesford Organics ingredients and we are watching Indi's best friend (who was dropped off here at 3am this morning) very carefully, to see if we can pick the exact moment where she goes from being an only child to being a big sister.

I hope that wherever you are, you are having a simple, uncomplicated Saturday with the ones you love. XX

44 comments:

  1. Simply precious...
    Reminds me of when my girls were tiny...
    Now I sew for the Grands!
    Keep it simple...
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  2. That is beautiful!! Love where it all came from too. Such a comfy, yummy dress perfect for adventures!! Hope all is well :)

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  3. Thanks Kate, I am indeed having a simple weekend.

    Love the dress too. I like the odds and ends appeal of it the most, the odd sleeves and ric rac. Just beautiful

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  4. yes, i do like the simple life!
    enjoy lovely family.

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  5. Oh how exciting, a new baby to hold, wishing the in-labour mummy all the best, love Posie

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  6. The dress is lovely. My big girl and I are reading Little House in the Big Woods at the moment.

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  7. What a fantastic little dress. I love the patchwork effect. Perfect for puddle jumping. The crochet is beautiful as always!

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  8. it is GORGEOUS Kate you are sooo clever

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  9. How lovely. I bet you jump every time the phone rings!

    Still maintain that Pepper is the best dressed child in Victoria!

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  10. That dress is charming. Dont you love sewing with cord?
    (im having the best Saturday ever!) thanks x

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  11. I looove that dress! The style and the fabrics you have used!
    Oh for the simple uncomplicated life!

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  12. Gorgeous!
    Your girls are going to have such amazing memories of a simple, yet extraordinary childhood :-)

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  13. You make the sweetest clothes! Little House on the Prairie is one of my favorite books! I recently admitted to another blogger that when I was a little girl I used to wish I was Laura Ingalls. :-)
    Best wishes to your friends who are about to become parents again!
    Both of my kids are home from college this weekend, so I don't know how uncomplicated it will be, but definitely a weekend full of love. :-)

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  14. Kate that dress is divine, I love the crochet on the front and the ric-rac. I must learn how to do that as I have 2 neices now!. New babies are so special aren't they and the new jacket was finished just in time (can't show my granny square one yet as my neice still has no name so I haven't posted it to them yet)Hope all goes well for them and have a lovely quiet weekend. Do you go to a march? The boys do for school but Dad is taking them so I get some quiet time at home :-)

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  15. Another great creation Kate!

    I am so enjoying my simple, family weekend...relishing it in fact.

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  16. What an exciting time for Indie's friend, Siena came to the hospital as soon as Lucia was born (about 12am) and it was so wonderful for her to be one of the first to see and hold her new baby sister.

    I love the dress, she sure does look warm and comfy, and the colours work so perfectly!

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  17. Gorgeous dress. So exciting that a new baby is arriving and that a little one will now big the big one!

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  18. hey there Kate
    i love the dress so cute and coordinated all this with stash busting huh :)
    do you have a pattern for the crochet????? i am on a vague roll!!!!
    would love to try it :)
    x

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  19. Such a cute little dress and I love the emblishments. Its so nice to see a pretty little girl dress rather than 'mini me' designer rubbish. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Jak x

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  20. Just gorgeous Kate. I'm on the simplify, uncluttering, making do, track too. Life is actually easier with out a lot of modern distractions. (Except of course the sewing machine).

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  21. Girl, you're killin' me with the pace of your sewing! Putting my efforts to shame! I love all the mix of colours and I love the crochet on the front. Gorgeous. It will be treasured (in that not too carefully way)!

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  22. theres been a few self sufficiency conversations going on here too :-)
    your kids clothes have love written all over them x

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  23. theres been a few self sufficiency conversations going on here too :-)
    your kids clothes have love written all over them x

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  24. I'm new to the blog scene, but its been a joy finding and looking through blogs like yours! The dress is just adorable, its a great idea to use all those little pieces of fabric that I've saved, even though I know they're not big enough for a whole garment! It looks great!

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  25. That is the cutest dress ever, its so wonderfuly fun!

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  26. What a gorgeous dress kate, you've done it again. THis one looks so comfy and snuggly and roomy all at the same time. Love all the combos as per usual.
    Love your post on simple life, i love simplicity too xo

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  27. I loved little house on the prairie.
    Your daughter looks so sweet.
    I made a little skirt for my three yr old daughter today..she loves it!!

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  28. wonderful and nothing wrong with a little house on the prairie inspiration :)

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  29. What a lovely dress - beautifully modelled!!

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  30. Oh girl it is soooo cute...I imagine you are going to start getting requests soon if you keep up all this cuteness...

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  31. http://www.supernaturale.com/articles.html?id=70 This is an article that has a pattern for making undies from t-shirts. I hope it works! and it helps too :)

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  32. Great dress. Croheted ric-rac. FABULOUS!

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  33. There are so many things I love about this post. Talks with the husband about hopes & dreams are the best. Love the goals for simplicity & this dress is just too sweet. Nothing better than Mama made clothes.

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  34. I grew up with little house on the praire, Super sweet she looks like a little Laura!
    we need more shows like that for our kids.

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  35. Just beautiful I love it! And I do wish that life would be much simplier around here =)

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  36. I yearn for Friday nights of my childhood - when we were allowed a treat in front of Laura. Trust Indi's bestie has well and truly settled into big sisterhood by now...

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  37. Wonderful as usual Kate.
    Looking forward to finding out if you guessed 'the moment' when baby arrived.
    It seems like you have a wonderful weekend.
    Ab xx

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  38. I LOVED Little House on the Prairie (am I showing my age?)!

    That's such a pretty dress and perfect for the cold weather.

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  39. The dress is beautiful, I LOVE the doily and the crochet trim!

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  40. I am so in love with that dress!! Just gorgeous.

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