a monet dress

Oh! This is my newly hand sewn dress - I've named her "Monet" as she reminds me so well of his shimmering waterlilies at the Museé L'Orangerie - those purple, blue, green, cream and dusky pink hues... It seems like forever ago I took my babe there in my arms.

The fabric is the softest double gauze cotton by Japanese fabric designer Nani Iro - when I bought it last year I hoped to make a garment for myself but had no pattern in mind. Then a few weeks ago I found Rae's elegant washi dress...  I finished it just in time for my Aunt Cynthia's 50th birthday lunch yesterday - and did feel uncommonly luminous and flowery...