The snow of last winter is a distant, yet raw memory.
One of the many photos we took of snow last winter…our table is currently covered with fallen leaves.
Several years ago when the Son-sters were away at college and not available to shovel, Hubster knew it was time to acquire some heavy machinery. He doesn’t pull it out for every snow event, but this storm, which kept him home from work proved “blower-worthy”.
For a teacher a snow day is both a blessing and a curse. There is nothing better than staying in the comfort of my home in pajamas and binge watching The Real Housewives of Somewhere to keep me company, but then there is the thought of making up the school day, missed lessons and continuity of instruction.
I actually have those pajama bottoms, red top and enough hair for a bun.
Now that I have professionally addressed the academic concerns of a snow day with winter still eight plus weeks away, here is the real reason for mentioning the subject.
Last fall, as Christmas discussions approached with my younger colleagues many of whom have daughters reaching the American Girl (AG) Doll age appropriate years; I listened as they were trying to justify the cost of the doll, clothing and various accessories. As a surprise for my colleagues, I decided to sew each a coat for the dolls. I purchased a pattern, but I wasn’t thrilled with the style nor am I very good at following a pattern as previously mentioned here. To overcome this fashion dilemma, I spent hours looking at coats sewn for dolls on Pinterest and Etsy. I persevered and the coats were finished in time for Christmas. My colleagues were thrilled to have a handmade gift to place under their trees.
I didn’t take any photos of the coats, but I did receive a few photos of the girls with the dolls wearing their coats. Needless to say, I was a bit bitten by the design bug. Luckily, as mentioned here I had/have plenty of fabric, but I didn’t like the patterns with what seemed like out of date clothing so I made my own. Since we had about
a million 10-11 snow days last school year and for the first time in the 15 years that we have lived in this house during a snow event we didn’t lose power I was able to accomplish some serious designing and sweatshop sewing. Once complete, I stored the clothes for a long spring and summer nap.
Recently, I pulled out the doll clothes in order to package the outfits so that my colleagues could have the specially designed outfits well before they started their pressure filled holiday shopping season. I had a small mannequin that I used when I was designing, but I also
hijacked borrowed a faux AG doll in order to snap a few runway photos of my own.
I have a fall/winter collection and a spring/summer collection. No need to head to New York for fashion week, I am offering a front row seat to:
Project Snow Day
The fall/winter collection.
I loved this “J. Crew-esque” herringbone vest. I am still trying to find it for myself. The shoes are supposed to be a touch of Tory Burch (TB) (sorry Tory). The bag is intended to have a Vera B. flair….
A girl can never wear too much pink or prance in too many pom-poms. The pink suede bag with chain straps, grey suede boots and belt with studded buckle were my favorite part of this outfit.
The French Knot patent leather belt and clutch bag take this girl from day to night.
This was Boho inspired outfit…with influence from the Wild West with its amber accent necklace, corduroy skirt. braided belt and fringed boots.
The spring/summer collection
Who doesn’t love a crisp white tee with navy scalloped skirt grey flip-flops with metallic accent. The sailor knot necklace makes this perfect for lunch at the yacht club or just by the sea.
A “Lilly” among the bristles…my take on a rose among thorns or just blatantly trying to duplicate a famous designer, initials LP.
Once again, white tee screams summer while zinnia print scalloped skirt seeks that ever preppy look…
Sew it seams (not misspelled) I may have gone a tad overboard with the designing and sewing of doll clothes. Since I am the mother of sons I never had a chance to make doll clothes for my own daughters so maybe someday there will be grand-daughters…although Son-sters I am not in any rush.
I have said, “auf Wiedersehen” to the fashions and my colleagues were so excited to open the outfits for their girls’ dolls. There is great joy in giving. For now I am done playing. The faux AG doll was returned safely to its rightful owner… Several have suggested I start this as a business…unfortunately, this business does not come with any health benefits, unless you include good for my mental health.