Our 4th of July celebration was very low key this year. We didn't even get out of the house, and when we did hear the fireworks, we didn't even bother looking out the window to check if we could see them. Mostly because the little papoose was just falling asleep, but also, it takes a lot of effort to get everyone ready and out the door. I don't know how people do anything with multiple children. Plus, it was hot outside, so no.
I did manage to make a festive dress for the occasion. We had a mini photo shoot, but she wasn't that interested in smiling for me. She was too enthralled with the strips of fabric in her dress and putting them in her mouth. I came across a picture of an American flag textile art on Pinterest a few weeks ago and was so inspired. After some serious digging to figure out where the original picture came from and who the artist is, I was finally introduced to Sara Rahbar and her flags. I stared at them for so long and just absorbed all the details until I had the idea to make a dress.
I was going for the deconstructed look so the strips of fabric in the skirt will naturally fray over time. I knew from the beginning I wanted to use my pinwheel design for the bodice so I didn't even bother sitting down and drawing something out. I just went to work cutting strips of fabric in various lengths and randomly placed them where I felt they should go, and it all came together beautifully. Everything was already in my fabric stash, and I didn't even bother with perfection. Except for my model, she was perfect, of course.