My “Calico Cutie”

Usually I cannot remember the names of fabric collections that I use for my outfits.  I get asked quite often, and I’m sorry to say that I just don’t remember, especially when it has been in my stash for a while.  The name of this fabric, however, stuck with me because it was named after one of my favorite childhood television shows and books, Little House on the Prairie.

I was probably older than the target audience when this show first aired, but still loved the cozy peek into pioneer life.  My younger sister, who was really into this show had the book, so I also read that.  I’ve been enamored with log cabins lit with cozy fireplaces ever since.

This tiny calico print is filled with shades of purply flowers on a navy ground.  You all know I love every single shade of purple, but I don’t work with navy blue too much.  When I received this fabric I wasn’t thrilled with it (it seemed too dark to me), but it looked so pretty with this lilac mohair sweater, so I took a chance and made this fabric into a dress.  I am glad I used it!  It is a different look for Gina.  In fact, I love her in this dress set!

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Gina’s light as a feather mohair/silk sweater matches the beret which is knit in a heavier weight of Peruvian wool.  I preferred the “less fluffy” fiber for her beret.  I am now quite comfortable knitting in the round, so that is how I knit Gina’s beret.  A simple white silk ribbon bow and bead decorate the beret.

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I had this ribbon in my stash which was the perfect color to accent the waistline of the dress.

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My newly acquired white tassel styled cotton lace from England looked perfect with this print.

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Of course Gina wanted a little bouquet to give you.  She picked deep purple and white blossoms which she tied together with white silk streamers, and a bow made with matching embroidery thread.

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“Calico Cutie” will be available tonight (July 19, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST,  Check the “Shop What’s New” page at that time for more information on this ensemble.

11 thoughts on “My “Calico Cutie”

  1. Joy

    I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Read the whole series as a child. I was a bit too old by the time the show came around though.
    Gina’s eyes have a special sparkle today. Must be because of the adorable outfit she is modeling. The lilac color is lovely.
    Fog is in. Coolish here today.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      I can’t remember how many of the books I read, probably just the main one. Talking about them makes me want to read them all now though. Gina has very graciously let her new outfit move on to fill a new girl’s closet. Thank you, Joy.
      It sounds like you had a dreamy day yesterday.

  2. Catherine

    I love purple and this fabric is beautiful! Gina is so sweet with her new outfit!
    Here is the weather increasingly hot! 34° today, 37° tomorrow!! and then storms and rain, it’s an endless cycle since a few weeks!!
    Have a good afternoon!
    Warm wishes.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Catherine,
      I think that there are a lot of purple fans out there. I know that it is one of my favorites… in every shade. Come to think of it, I don’t think that there is another color that I LOVE in every single shade. Purple, yes, from light to dark, pink shaded to blue shaded, neutrals too.
      We are getting HOT too, the hottest this season is coming! It’s so funny how we live so far apart, but our weather is often very much the same.
      Stay cool!

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  4. Ieva

    Dear Cindy Rice, I love your ides and work. Thank you. There is any possibility to know company name who creating doll? I looking this days for right doll for my daughter. And this one could be one of… Thank you


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