shándíín dress

Does anyone else ever get the sudden urge to do something creative? Well that was me last week and it presented itself in the form of a new dress for my baby girl. I got out my stash of Blue Bird Flour bags, grabbed one of my sáanii scarves, and went to work.

This was the outcome…the cutest little sundress aka shándíín dress ever for my baby girl (shándíín means sunlight/sunshine/sunbeam in Navajo).

 

I used four Blue Bird Flour bags for the dress: one 5 lb bag, two 10 lb bags, and one 20 lb bag. For anyone not familiar with Navajo culture, Blue Bird Flour is the go-to flour, especially when it comes to making frybread or tortillas. They come in cloth flour bags that are frequently up-cycled into clothing, bags, aprons, and oven mitts. I made the bodice with a 5 lb bag because I wanted the bluebird image to be small enough to see most of it. I decided to make it off-center and balance it out by making the images off-center to the other side for the skirt. For the skirt I cut the bluebird image in strips and sewed them together to make a somewhat abstract design. A turquoise sáanii scarf (floral print scarf often worn by Navajo women) was used for the back of the bodice. I thought it needed something more so I created some bias tape with the scarf and used that for the detail on the skirt as well as lining on the front of the bodice.

I LOVE how it came out! My baby girl looks so stinkin’ cute in it!

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Last weekend we visiting with my husband’s family in Fort Defiance, so of course she had to show off her new dress to grandma and grandpa, and of course I took a million pictures…

 

I’m really digging how the floral bias tape looks and plan to use it again on future projects 😉

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