What are your favorite harbingers of spring? Living in a Californian paradise, a lush cascade of roses, honeysuckle and orange blossoms spills from my garden in the springtime, filling the air with delicious perfume. Is it any wonder the roses and butterflies are always near?
What I love about this dress by Ted Baker of London is that it glows with the golden light of spring, clustered over with hundreds of butterflies. If the movie of my life were the glamorous golden age of Hollywood, this dress would fit right in! Unfortunately, I have yet to find an occasion that lives up to that promise, but a girl can dream! Besides, the purpose of clothing is not only to cover the body with something functional. Does our clothing have to be drab? What if, instead what we wear expressed our deepest joys, fantasies and desires?
The minute I saw this Pre-Raphaelite painting by John Waterhouse, I saw an image of the joyous life (complete with that gown) I wanted to have! Psyche timidly enters Cupid's garden, which teems with seductive pink and white roses that beguile and inspire. It was the Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Rosetti and Waterhouse, bursting with roses, that inspired me to plant the 35 bushes in my own garden, to serve a living reminder of what dreams and a little passion can do.
Something about the butterfly dress captured that same spirit.
The pattern is Cameo, from Kim Hargreaves’ latest book, Whisper. There is a hint of retro about the long sleeves of the cardigan that works well with the bell-like curve of the skirt of the dress. The shape of the cardigan adds a touch of warmth and modesty without eclipsing the lovely neckline of the dress. My only complaint about the design is that the sleeves are exactly the same length as the cardigan itself, but when it is closed with a pin, that is only really noticeable from the back:
If this is the closest I can get to living a Waterhouse painting, I’ll take what I can get!