I was recently talking with a dear friend of mine about ways to show our children how much we love them. Not just on special days like Birthday, Christmas and Valentines, but everyday! Then... we BOTH started talking about a wonderful book at the same time - the 5 Love Languages. I truly love the philosophy this book teaches about giving people love in ways they receive it best - and not necessarily in ways that we ourselves want love received. It is truly the the gift of showing what love is all about.
It seems so timely that we were having this discussion this week at the same time I am playing with such a sweet fabric collection centered around love!
This fabric is called, Falling in Love and is designed by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake Designs. Even though it has a nod to the "Love Day" of the year - Valentines Day - shouldn't everyday be a day that we project love into the world and to our families and friends?
I decided to sew up the NEW Sunday Dress Doll Pattern in this happy Falling in Love fabric! I used the Main Red Print for the top, complete with puff sleeves and snap closures on the back! This dress pattern is a wonderful way to showcase some main prints that you love and this print is full of all the fun, LOVE icons!!!
For the skirt I used the Rose Floral Blush. The roses have such a depth to them and all the colors are so vibrant. I thought is was the perfect print to offset the red top.
In order to achieve some color balance, I added a simple, plain ruffle to the hem. I chose to use the Swirls in Red to give some color weight, but also not to distract from the prints in the main part of the dress.
I love how versatile the Sunday Dress Doll Pattern is and I can't wait to make one for all the seasons! The dress pattern fits all the Bee Sew Inspired Dolls and the pattern comes in (3) sizes to fit the 14", 16" and 18" Modern Rag Dolls! You can make this dress in under an hour and is definitely a fun way to surprise someone you love with a sweet little handmade gift!
As the Piggy Doll has such a sweet pink complexion, I decided to dress her in the dress and I must say, she did have a moment of blush! The Piggy Doll pattern is not yet released, but if you want to be the first to know when this doll pattern is available, make sure you sign up for the Bee Sew Inspired Newsletter on the homepage.
I deeply believe in the daily practice of showing, telling, and giving love. One way to do this is definitely through our talents of sewing. Have you given someone a handmade gift recently?