Monday, July 23, 2018

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is where I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of femininity.  Thanks for visiting!  If you have pictures to share, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.



Monet, Regatta at Sainte-Adresse




I am still painting rooms and it's lots of fun!  I actually need to finish up this week.  Henry is so adventurous that it makes painting much more exciting...he has only got into in my paint three times I think?  Thank goodness we have old carpeting.  We had gorgeous weather this weekend- 70s and breezy.  The children have been playing outside which is so nice!  And yesterday we made a peach cobbler from our own peaches!  My husband's garden is doing so well; we have watermelon, peppers and cucumbers so far and some beautiful pumpkins coming along!

I only got this one picture from the weekend, but I wanted to post it because I really love this dress!  I will be offering it soon in my shop, custom made in all sizes.  I really enjoyed wearing it around the house with this brown cardigan from my sister!












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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Better Late than Never!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is where I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of femininity.  Thanks for visiting!  If you have pictures to share, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.





Poppies by Monet



There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint!  And that is just what I've been up to this week...painting rooms.  It's a lot of work but starting to look better already.  I like to get rid of things and my husband and the kids do not.  So in an effort to clean up and keep things organized, I have to come through the rooms after they are in bed and fill up my give-away-box!  It's quite effective- but always a work in progress.  In the next few weeks I will share some photos of the little corners I am fixing up!  

Here is a picture of what I wore this weekend.  Saturday was my niece and nephew's birthday party and Sunday we visited a local town for a Eucharistic Procession.  It was very hot at the procession but the children did well and after benediction a very good friend treated us to ice cream.

The Summer is flying by!  Let me know what you have been up to lately in the comments!







I'M WEARING:

Ruffle Dress- I made (needs some work still, but soon in my shop)
Cardigan- Thrift Store
Shoes- DSW




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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Naked Baby


"The naked baby" is a modern phenomenon. 
"Style is about the choices you make to create the aspects of civilization that you wish to uphold," declared David Bowie, the revolutionary English songwriter.  In actuality, he probably meant the aspects of civilization he wished to destroy.

My fascination with children's clothing began long ago, even before my first child was born.  Of course, like most women, I really love clothes.  And so as soon as I learned we had a little boy on the way, I headed out to the stores to shop for him!

"My style" is very classic, I really just look for beautiful things.  I think that many women are attracted to beauty and so we enjoy shopping because it satisfies something in our souls.

Dressing the children is still something I love!  But life gets ahead of you sometimes and as I became busier I noticed that my babies would often be wearing diapers and t-shirts around the house.

Queen Victoria as a baby.
It's not a crime, I thought.  I had just let the "extra" touches slip when it came to my baby's outfit.  I had excuses: I was busy, sick, tired, behind with homeschooling and besides, their clothes get messy at every meal.  But then, isn't getting dressed a basic priority?

Today it does not seem to be.  In fact, I see grown men and women in the coffee shops and at the grocery stores wearing ugly, ill fitting sweat-suits all the time.  Expense is not to blame either; this drab clothing often costs more than a quality piece from a high end retailer.  Most middle class people have wardrobes full of fine clothing for work.  On our own time, we choose not to wear it.

I began to think about this.  And I thought about my child's soul.  Is getting dressed valuable enough to his soul that it deserves to be prioritized?  I answered myself a resounding: yes!

The beautiful ambiance shines forth grace!  Imagine the child who has the good fortune to be taken on a marvelous stroll through the park with elegant fountains and pretty cobblestones and towering trees.  Or imagine the child who is brought to the street markets like the ones in Florence or Barcelona with the aesthetic displays of vibrant flowers, fine baked goods, colorful produce and intricate candies.  Contrast this with the crude secularization and hyper-stimulation of Chuck-E-Cheese, fast food restaurants and places like Walmart.  Did you know that beauty produces happiness because the nature of the soul is to delight in excellence?  Beauty feeds the soul and it satisfies just as nutrition satisfies the body.

'Form follows function', effectively stifles beauty,
and the valuable aid of social graces.
So why the modern phenomenon: the naked baby?
Why allow the child as old as two or three to run around practically naked, perhaps with only a diaper?  Only decades ago, the mother or nurse took time each day not only to dress the baby beautifully, but also to hand feed it nutritiously and to read and play with it calmly and also to perform all the tedious tasks for which today we don't have the patience.

Instead, we marvel at our own "genius" to simply be satisfied with a naked baby.  The diaper can be changed easily without the tedious removal and replacement of clothing.  This phenomenon is more common in the Summer, but even in cold weather poor children are not dressed because we allow them to stay inside all day.  We throw junk food at them to keep them pacified.  It is too much work to go on outings and so we run the television shows all day...shows full of ugly images, immoral jokes and unhealthy stimulation of the brain.

This toxic lifestyle produces children who are addicted to massive stimulation and unable to calm down.  We turn to more quick "genius solutions"- drugs, stimulants and SSRI medications, behavioral therapy, psychiatric treatment- often because we are too lazy to commit to principle!  What a disgusting deterioration of culture!  And the child's soul?

We neglect the child precisely because we don't believe in his soul.  The immortal soul of the child is much more valuable than his body.  The soul is the place where grace originates and flows into our lives.  Culture is the human expression of grace, transformed into beauty for our senses to behold.  And so we wear clothing to govern Original Sin and our fallen nature.  But greater than this, dressing the baby is a way to express beauty and grace.  Beauty combats our fallen nature and aids us in our struggle against bad tendencies.

Culture is the human expression of grace,
transformed into beauty for our senses to behold.

There is this new virtue of "efficiency" that our generation loves to brag about.  But what has happened to beauty, a quality far more elevated and essential to our spiritual nature?  Just as form follows function (to borrow a term from architect Louis Sullivan) in modern clothing, so it does in other areas of culture- effectively stifling beauty, and the valuable aid of social graces.

The "minimalistic" style of today's homes contrasted against the warmth and beauty of homes hundreds of years ago speaks volumes to this fact, as does the eroding of speech and manners, music and art.

What can we do to restore the beauty of culture to our homes, our families and the streets of our towns?

As for me, I will begin by dressing my baby.  I always enjoyed it.  I even created Pinterest boards of adorable designs!  And therein lies the problem; the fast-paced distraction of modern life is just so suffocating to culture.


Monday, July 9, 2018

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is where I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of femininity.  Thanks for visiting!  If you have pictures to share, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.





Postcard of Annapolis harbor


Hello, dear readers!  I'm back again!  I hope that you all are very well and enjoying a beautiful wonderful Summer!  I have been having so much fun sewing that it seems like time is flying.  I am making dresses and skirts for local ladies and doing some alterations on the side and it's taking up all my spare time.  We were very blessed to be able to attend the TFP protest of the blasphemous exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC at the beginning of June and although it was a long day, it turned out to be an exciting outing for our family.  We also went on vacation back in June which was very nice for the children.  Deep Creek Lake, Maryland has a gorgeous little beach that absolutely delighted their increasingly adventurous spirits!




Deep Creek Lake, MD



NYC





Catholics praying outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art!





The fountains that kept us cool on a very hot day.












Back home, spending time on the porch!






The kids made fun of Henry's adorable outfit I made!




It's good to be back and I'll make another promise to keep up this blog a bit more in between the designing schemes.  Speaking of which, here are a few pictures of my latest dresses...we have yet to see if any of them make it into my shop!

























I like this dress, it reminds me of a ballerina!








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