Somewhere in the midst of sewing for other people I decided I should try to make something for myself. I saw the Schoolhouse Tunic on Meg McElwee's blog and thought, "yes, this is it." In truth, this was a LONG time ago. And one incarnation in the past, since this is actually my second attempt. My first Schoolhouse Tunic was a victim of fabric shopping online, which was pretty much my best option when we lived in Ann Arbor. This is one benefit of living in the Twin Cities - abundant choices of great fabric shops. Perhaps I will find a way to love Tunic #1 someday, and maybe then I will post a picture of it. But for now, I present what is really Schoolhouse Tunic #2.
I am always so attracted to the prints when I go fabric shopping, but my wardrobe is made up entirely of solids. Really, not a single print to be found. One of the issues (among several) with Schoolhouse Tunic #1 is that it is just too drab. I did not want to repeat that mistake, and really wanted to stretch myself and go for a print. I found this voile from Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi collection and, I must admit, it is such a departure from what I usually feel comfortable wearing. But like a new haircut, sometimes we just need to change it up. When 70% of your wardrobe consists of solid green this or that that you've been wearing since you were in college, it really is time to inject a bit of spice. I think this fits the bill.
And by the way...have you ever been on the modeling side of the camera? Awkward and embarrassing. Will has scolded me (lovingly) for chopping off my head in these photos, but the faces I am making are just too ridiculous to post on the internet. And given that our photo shoot abruptly ended when I heard baby Eli screaming from inside the house in a post-nap fury, this is what we've got to work with.
Here's to spicing things up and keeping life festive.