Polka through the paddies
Added Jul 25, 2010
In our time in China we’ve had many wonderful people come into our lives. We’ve developed a great friendship with another American couple living about an hour and a half away. They just celebrated their first anniversary and I felt it fitting to give them sewn gifts. (being a volunteer makes buying exciting gifts a bit more difficult…) So, I made a dress for my lovely friend Cheng Lun and a tie out of matching material for her husband. I find that men are less willing to get dressed up and do a photo shoot. (My husband, her husband – Pete… and if I ever make something for my dad I doubt he’d be willing to prance out to the backyard to take stylish photos with me either! : ) So, Cheng Lun and I ran out to the rice paddies, in the town we were training teachers, and went crazy!
I love the way this dress looks on her! I bought the fabric from my favorite ladies in my town. I love, love, love the way it looks with her skin! The bright purples, pinks, yellows… It was only after we got out to the rice fields that I realized how well the colors looked against the green background! The absolutely pop! I also realized a bit too late that the ground I was having her walk on was dissolving under foot and that she was in fact struggling not to succumb to the flooded rice paddy!
I should also say, I modeled this dress after a dress I found in Anthropologie. Their version was red and very, VERY short. I was a little bored by the boring color, appalled at how inappropriate the skirt was when I bent to pick up my dropped purse, and totally inspired by the neckline and pockets! So I translated it –littlewren style! (I have a plaid version on my “to sew list”!!! so very ME!!!)
I’ll get Cheng Lun to capture a few pictures of the two of them together, or at least one or two of Pete in the tie and post them!
local printed cotton… used for EVERYTHING from baby carriers to hats to clothes in our town!
- lovely model