I bought this Cranberry Castle N.Y.C. dress back in 1988 soon after my daughter Emily was born. It was designed by Joyce Francis. In this post there are pictures of us both wearing the dress. Emily looks lovely in the dress and it fits her slim figure perfectly. She always loved the dress and asked me for it several years ago. I gave it away gladly since it had gotten too tight for me and I really wanted her to enjoy it. I treasure the pictures of me breast feeding her in the dress. I felt as if the dress captured my earthly goddess nature that seems to surround women sometimes, particularly after experiencing such a life altering event such as becoming a mother. Emily agrees that the dress makes her feel a kind of “bohemian hippie free flowing spirit.” She also commented that it makes her feel like she wants to “get up and dance.”
The silk fabric has stars, half-moons, little flowers and multiple sections of patch-worked fabric for the skirt. The bodice is a lovely cranberry color sprinkled with paisley patterns and bits of the blue again, along with a blue ruffled silk fabric topping the bodice. Off white flowers and patterns are sprinkled all along the blue fabric with little cranberry flowers or outlines of flowers. A burgundy sash ties around the back of the waist.
I thought it’d be fun to share the photos of the dress with you. We treasure this lovely dress and I have a feeling Emily will hang onto it as long as she can.
I had a fun trip to Denver, Co. recently where I went to get a few days with my daughter. We went to the UMS band festival and saw several shows. I also went up to Boulder where I used to live and saw a couple of friends. One morning I went for a bike ride and a brief hike in the foot hills. Boulder, Co. is very beautiful. I like to say it looks like heaven on earth. My trip was very brief since I needed to get back to work in New York but it is always good to get a break and a change of scenery!
I have another post coming up soon. I will most likely post it by next Sunday. I hope you are enjoying the summer!
All photos and written material by Marilyn Lavender. © Marilyn Lavender, 2017. “All rights reserved.
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