Since I've had very few real responsibilities the last few weeks, I spent a lot of time working on the blessing dress. I could have (and probably should have) done the dishes more frequently, but if it is any consolation I did them directly after finishing the embroidery on the dress this morning. In the process of doing the embroidery I have watched at least two movies (Princess Bride, and Deep Impact), and 4 documentaries (China's Lost Girls, March of the Penguins, The Story of 1, and Guns, Germs, and Steel). I feel smarter now. Kind of. So here it is. The practically finished masterpiece (I won't put the snaps on the back until she is here, because I want to make sure it will go over her head. The thing is, I was really supposed to put in a zipper, but I loathe putting in zippers and I don't think it will be necessary). The dress in it's entirety. I didn't want a plain white one. What would be the point of spending so much time embroidering if no one could see it!? Plus, I just like colors--lots of them.
A closer view of some of the embroidery. I did pink, yellow, coral, and blue roses. Again, colors!
This is a detail of the lattice work smocking I did for the yoke. Really folks, it's ridiculously easy. A little time consuming, but nothing terribly difficult. If you can hold and pull a needle and match together dots, you can do it.
Here is a very close up view of the embroidery. I did satin stitch for the roses, except the centers, which are stem-stitches and colonial knots. And the leaves are fly stitches. I have know idea why I'm explaining all this, except perhaps to make myself feel accomplished. Well, I do. I cannot lie. I'm pretty proud. But mostly I'm excited to see exactly who it is that will wear it! 4 MORE WEEKS!