Hi all! Are you enjoying August? Honestly, it feels like September to me. My daughter is all moved in at college and ready to begin her second year. Temperature-wise, it is another rather chilly morning. I’ve heard others say how back-to-school feels more like a new beginning than January first does. I feel this way, do you?
I feel like planning gobs of new ensembles and patterns, and painting my studio, which will then need to get straightened and pared down. Yikes! One step-at-a-time!
Today I decided to get Gracie’s new ensemble ready to show you. I’ve been writing the pattern for her cardigan as I’ve been creating the ensemble, so it’s taken a little longer to complete. However, she is now all ready!
Gracie’s cardigan is knit with fingering weight merino wool. It is wonderfully soft and hand dyed to a cool tonal pink. This color picks up the cool rosiness of the roses on the dress print. Bullion stitched shaded roses and rosebuds in three different shades (plum, mauve, and raspberry) are sprinkled on the front panels of her elbow length cardigan.
The cardigan can be worn unbuttoned or buttoned with off white glass pearls.
Her dress is made with a Japanese cotton print which features tiny rosy colored roses/rosebuds on a cool plum ground. The bodice is shaped with waistline darts. Her full skirt is embellished with very fine scalloped English cotton Cluny lace snugged underneath a tuck. A raspberry colored silk ribbon ties twice around her waist and ties into a bow in the front.
Gracie wears a delicate necklace and bracelet made with amethyst colored AB Czech glass crystals, golden Delica beads, heart charms and a gold-toned bow charm. Her headband is hand made with velvet ribbon, and has an elastic loop at the back for slipping on over her hair. She wears off white cotton Lycra® tights.
Gracie holds a Victorian styled crocheted basket with a beaded handle and tassel. Inside the basket are a few lilac blossoms she’s picked just for you.
“Fall-ing for this Sweety” will be available tonight (August 8, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.
Look for Gracie’s cardigan pattern later this week. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.
I hope you all enjoy your day today. ❤
Hard to believe your daughter is starting her second year. Time is simply flying by.
Gracie looks lovely in the pink/grape tones. I say grape because it reminds me that the grape harvest is already underway here. Earlier than usual. Fall weather is just around the corner. Not a bad thing. 🙂
Hi, Joy! I know. I can’t either! She was starting high school just yesterday. The house feels incredibly empty. I have to get used to that again. I’m doing LOTS better than last year though, thank goodness.
Are you in wine country, or close to it? That sounds interesting to be living near vineyards.
Yes, fall is right around the corner. We are already starting the second week in August! Yikes!
Hope your Tuesday is a pleasant one. 🙂
Yes, we are in wine country. Sonoma County. We have wine counties to the north and east, so there are lots of grapevines.
Temptation all around you! It sounds beautiful and delicious!
Hi Cindy, it has been cooler here too, I am not complaining though! I am sure you will miss your daughter now she is back at school. You will have to priortise all the jobs you want to do. Its how I do it! Gracie’s cardigan is just too cute! The embroidery is fabulous . The dress is so so pretty with the bow and sweet hemline lace detail. The hairbow is precious too along with her accessories. Please thank Gracie for my Lilac blossoms . She is such a sweet girl, always thinking of others. I will have to get there to give her a big hug. Have a great day girls, hugs, Terri xoxo.
Hi, Terri! Thank you for the compliment on Gracie’s new ensemble. Sometimes I wish I could put on one of these tiny sweaters, and this is one of them. It is so soft and squishy, and in one of my favorite colors. Gracie says, “You’re welcome for the blossoms.” 🙂 ❤ If you can't make it, she'll accept a virtual hug.
It really feels like summer is winding down rapidly, doesn't it?
I hope you have a nice day today, Terri. ❤