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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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!