This Year, I'm Thankful for Color

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thinking about what I’m grateful for, and also what I’ll wear to Turkey Day festivities. Usually, I throw on all black and call it even — sometimes, it’s a pretty schlubby affair. But this year, I want to make a little more effort. I want to wear something to remind me that it’s a holiday not about stuffing my face, but about the joy of abundance in my life. And I want to wear color.

The first time I saw the Tula Pink Birds and the Bees collection, I KNEW I needed a dress out of one of the fabrics. I love the play of hue and shapes dancing across the fabric. And I adore the colorful take on the nature theme — it’s a perfect fit for my mission to make a joyful dress. So, I selected a print and went in hunt of the perfect pattern. I settled on Simplicity 2444 for my project, and I was off to the races.

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Because the design of the repeating pattern on this fabric is so bold, it’s fairly easy to line up the pattern to make sure there’s symmetry.

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The pattern calls for a seam down the center front of the skirt, but I opted to alter it so I wouldn’t have to risk not having a perfect match right at the front of my dress. 
 

2-squirrel-dress.jpgI am so excited to wear my new squirrel dress! Wearing it and looking down at its beautiful, bright colors, it’s easy to remember how lucky I am. I have a wonderful family (both human and four-legged), smart and witty friends to share adventures with, and I get to express myself creatively with an entire rainbow of colors. It’s a rich life.   

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I really didn’t mean to do this, but I managed to accessorize my outfit ahead of the game! To go with my new dress, I’ll be carrying my acorn wristlet and acorn fascinator, both featured in previous blogs!

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If you’re with us here in the U.S., I hope you and yours have a beautiful Thanksgiving. If you’re reading from another country, I hope you have as many things to be thankful for as I do. And I hope we all celebrate our good fortune by expressing our creativity!   

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