As part of Mary's 7th birthday celebration, I took my girl shopping to a new dress boutique that opened up near us. Stephanie's Wonderland BOUTIQUE is one of those "girly-girl" "princessy" type of places that offer tutus, hair bows, mommy-bling, etc. Not necessarily my style...I'm more simple/farmhouse/cotton than rock star bling, but my girl likes it.
While perusing the store, a section of 100% brightly-patterned cotton prints caught my eye. There were adorable shifts, smocks, skirts, etc. and they had that "homemade" look to them. I was smitten.
And although my girl would probably have preferred layers and layers of an organza tutu, I think she looks adorable in this:
Paired with a simple white cotton-stretch tee-shirt and her white leather butterfly sandals, she looks ready to beat the heat!
|Ridin' the pony at Chuck E. Cheese for her 7th Birthday.|
I especially love the coordinating fabrics. I love to coordinate fabrics...and anymore the fabric stores make it easy to do. As I studied the design of this twirl skirt (I'm sure I can make this myself!) I noticed the inside label...
Made in Pakistan.
I'm not sure if that's better or worse than "Made in China". Better...if it is employing and empowering women...worse if it is exploiting their skills and talents to save money over a "Made in the USA" tag. The name label "Jelly the Pug" led me to google the website. Jelly the Pug What started out as a one-woman-show, sewing girls clothing out of her home and traipsing to trade shows, quickly grew into a profitable business. To that I say, "wonderful!"
But I have to wonder...in this economy...why are we not farming out the work to United States manufacturers or the many talented women one finds on Etsy?
Just my thoughts. I still love the skirt, but think that I might try my hand at making it myself.
|There's a lot of PINK at the American Girl Store, Kansas City!|
I'm meeting up with my women's sewing guild on Tuesday (August 9th) and might get their opinions on this issue. We are going to be making a pillowcase dress with coordinating fabrics, so it will be a timely discussion!
BTW...did I mention that I took a sewing class this past Spring? I loved it...and love to sew...but just haven't prioritized the time for this hobby. Sort of like blogging...which I have recently returned to.
In the end, we all have the same 24-hours. It's what we choose to do with those hours that makes the difference! Looking forward to reworking my daily schedule when my two oldest return to school this Fall. Mary will be gone all day :( and Benjamin will be gone in the morning three days a week. I see some morning sewing sessions in my near future!
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~Annie Dillard