I love my neutral linens, greys, whites, and black. But I also love reds, particularly spots and dots - any combination:: white with red dots, red with white dots. Little dots preferably, but I take inspiration from them all. There is something beautiful and serene about a crisp white fabric with red dots on it. In recent years I have loved a Nani Iro white muslin with red bold dot splodges - pieces of which make there way into various quilts in tiny portions so I can get maximum value out of this precious material. I am down to my last thin 10cm x 15cm strip, and I wish I could get more. When I came across Yoshiko Jinzenji's White Design fabrics, I knew the dots piece, amongst others, would have to come live with me. A vast white background with little teeny dots on it, almost like pin pricks. And then Pia came along, and the vintage inspired smock top I made here, is the perfect pattern for using this material.
Red bias binding accentuates the red dots, and little bits of charcoal grey allow it to be worn with her grey bloomers, red stripey pants, red bloomers and every conceivable permeation in between.
This is the sort of simple crispness I like:: Bold in it's subtlety, detailed, expressive, flowing, and very handmade. It will grow as Pia grows and I relocate a small button at the back. It is both dresslike, and like a top. It is strong, feminine, and girly in a designed manner.
And the little red dots, they just need to be poked by an older brother, they glisten in their sparseness which is totally in scale with a little being. And they call out for more dots please. Perhaps the dots are an antithesis to the straight lines of architectural design I tend to favour - my way of gaining softness against harsh lineated projects.