Thursday, April 30, 2015

An Easter Dress and Not-an-Easter-Dress

Easter Garb
I took a little sewing bender last month.  I was inspired by the Posie Gets Cosy posts about making dresses for her little girl, here and here.  And while reading them, the small fry declared that she'd like one too.  So in a shameless turn, I ordered some vintage patterns and a few yards of voile fabric and set to work.  Our eldest requested a dress just like "the green one" and I found the exact print from Amy Butler.  It's called Wildflower Voile in "Zest" and is the lightest voile; perfect for spring and summer.  The littlest isn't as specific, so I had fun picking for her and her print is a Robert Kaufman London Calling Meadow Bloom in "Park". It is a garment weight lawn that was also lovely.  (It's a slightly heavier weight that the Amy Butler, but still perfect for Spring.)

Matching, but not...
The patterns I found on Etsy… the one I used was a Simplicity pattern from 1965.  Our eldest has a preference for skirts that twirl.  And this is one FULL skirt.  The pattern is 6066 and I was able to find one in each size, which was sheer luck.  I was very relieved to find that the patterns were in really good shape and that pattern tissue paper circa 1965 was a much better quality than what is for sale now.  (I had visions of the pattern pieces disintegrating upon unfolding them.)  Not the case thankfully!

The sewing was straightforward and I had a really nice time taking my time getting these put together.  I wrapped things up just in time for Easter.  And then the eldest declared hers "Not an Easter Dress," and so we'll wait for a photo op of that one.  In the meantime, here is a funny shot of the peanut on her Easter Egg hunt.  (Her egg hunting strategy could use some refinement… she prefers to eat the contents before finding the next egg… funny thing.)

Full, full, twirly skirts!

I hope the sun is shining on you.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Faye! These turned out so perfectly!!!! Love love love love.