Summer days always bring back memories of those long days way back when days lasted forever. But of course they didn't it was just that we lived in our imaginations and spent our days inventing games that jumped from era to era and from one magical world to another.
I feel as though those times were super infused with colour, as though by looking back the colours are condensed and super saturated. The blues bluer, the greens richer, the reds more intense. Colour, such an important part of life.
A friend has taken her young family to India for a year of adventure and the photos she shares are do infused with vibrant colours. You can almost smell the colour.
Why then choose whites and neutrals for this rich brown haired doll. White, the tones of no colour can be rich too, rich in texture, a rich background for soft pink embroidery or serving to amplify the reds and greens that will be the accent colours of her clothing, the red fall down knitted socks, the tweedy green garter stitch cowl, the soft sage green ribbon on her dress. The whites will hold the colours together.
l look at pictures of Edwardian girls in their white dresses and wonder did they play, were they allowed to get dirty and I discover that white was a preferred colour for children's clothes precisely because they could get dirty and the dress or blouse or bloomers could be bleached back to white. No fuss, genius. And I'm sure with each wash and scrub and bleach the fabrics became softer and more comfortable.
So Amelie with her soft brown curls and melted chocolate drop eyes will be dressed in soft unbleached muslin that with each wash will whiten and soften and do her well through many long days of play in one magical world after another.