It’s been years since I made outfits for Easter. The last dresses I made were for my girls when they were small, somewhere along the lines of this picture.
I remember sitting for hours achieving a near zen state smocking those dresses. I still have all three (four, counting the one for Felicity, the American Girl doll). I do miss smocking, but my right arm and hand don’t miss the repetitive motion that goes into rows and rows of smocking by hand.
Anyways, I am wanting to please myself this year (such selfishness that implies) in making an outfit for myself for Easter that I will like… something from my sewing list that just got pushed to the side over and over again because I ‘didn’t need something new’ or could ‘make do with what I already have’ or would be completely overdressed for a casual family function. We don’t go out anywhere special, but rather celebrate with family, and the mantra I hear from year to year is ‘no pressure: casual dress’.
But I am totally SICK of casual dress.
I dress casually as a matter of course, and I don’t particularly like it. It’s not my default comfort zone. But I do jeans and shirts, yoga pants and tees because it’s crazy being overdressed compared to the rest of the population.
OK, OK… I’m completely exaggerating, but that’s how I feel.
I have two ideas rattling around in my head, which I’d like you all to vote on, since I don’t think I have time to make both. First, a jumpsuit out of stretch crepe, either green, wine or curry.
Or something along those lines…
Secondly, a bouclé or tweed ensemble, comprised of a bias-cut dress and a LFJ-style jacket.
Or, just don’t bother with the fitting and the hand-sewing and the WORK and whip up a new Vogue 8379 wrap dress.
Please tell me what you think!