Saturday, 20 December 2014

Aurora's Popsarella dress and cape


I'm so excited about this post.

My youngest brother decided to get married rather last minute (we had about a month's notice), on the Friday before Christmas. A low-key wedding for him and his fiancée, and a few close family members.

It wasn't going to be a big affair, so a frilly, pink, meringue-style baby dress was not an option - not that I would have wanted it anyway; if there's one thing I can't stand about buying clothes for Aurora, it's the lack of colour and style choice in high-street shops. To paraphrase Henry Ford;

You can have any colour you want, as long as it's pink

I tweeted about it at the time:

What a great way to limit a child's imagination! Encourage each gender wear the same colours, play with set toys, and suggest only boys can read adventure books, whilst girls read princess fashion books. Of course that won't encourage bullying, either! (I really love what Let Toys Be Toys, Let Clothes Be Clothes, and Let Books Be Books are doing at the moment - breaking down outdated and, frankly, ridiculous stereotypes imposed by toy/clothing/publishing industries).

From this basis I knew I would not be buying a pink, frilly meringue - but it needed to be special, fun, bright and reasonably priced.

It was  therefore a totally serendipitous moment - whilst getting my dirty fix of Facebook - that I saw Popsarella had added some new fabrics, one of which was the aurora borealis print! Fate. Pure fate.

After contacting the lovely and very helpful Laura, I asked if I could have a dress in the aurora borealis fabric - and if she could make a hooded cape. She told me she had been thinking about making capes, and that she would give it a go, getting it to me in time for the wedding!

She did amazingly. I went for the Bettie dress as it's a bit more of a party dress, as opposed to the (still brilliant) Penelope dress (I love this space fabric!)

The cape is reversible and has the aurora borealis fabric on one side, and a lovely wine-purple velvet on the other, with a sparkly, iridescent ribbon-tie. It's big enough that it will fit her for a while!

We had no idea what the colour scheme for the wedding would be: in an it's-beginning-to-get-a-bit-weird-fate moment, we found out once we'd received the dress and cape that it was purple.


I got the sparkly shoes and Nora Batty tights from Monsoon. Although Aurora's 8 months old, she'll be able to wear these 0-6 month tights for a while. 

Congratulations to be brother and beautiful sister-in-law. 
This is definitely a keepsake outfit!

I bought Aurora's dress and cape from Popsarella - I just had to write this post, because I love them so much and can't wait to buy more dresses, especially in the space fabric!