Monday, April 18, 2016

April Already

It's hard to believe that the first quarter of 2016 has already passed.  It's been fun, so far.  And the weather in these parts is wonderful.  I was looking back at my posting history on this blog, and April and May seem to be the time when my ramblings taper off.  That fresh air and sunshine beckons and I am less apt to write down what is in the works...


The taper feels like it might be officially starting, so I'll share a few things that I made for Easter and try to beat my own trend.  The last post was the peanut's Easter dress, and this post will be about her sister's.

I bought a vintage Simplicity sewing pattern (3327) on etsy last year in a size that I knew would be a bit big, but it has this pretty pin tucked bodice with waist shaping, so I was willing to wait.  And this year it fit really, really well.

3327 - waist shaping hidden in pin tucks - be still
my beating heart...

I failed to take any progress shots of the actual making of the dress.  But I can tell you that it went really, really smoothly.  The pattern was very straightforward, and simple in the sense that it had no interfacing piecing.  The arm and neck holes were finished with binding.  The one modification that I did make was to sew the contrasting sash into the dress when I attached the bodice to the skirt.

Bodice detail

The fabric is the really fun part of the story though.  Growing up, my dad's god parents were a part of our extended family.  You could count on them and their family to come to every Easter and Thanksgiving dinner.  And they were always very fun and engaging with my sister and I.  His god mother was named Sabina.  She was perennially kind, polite and cheerful.  And she was so very excited when my husband and I had our first baby, which makes the making of this dress even more fitting.

Their household was broken up several years ago on their passing, and my mom was thoughtful enough to buy two pieces of material from among the things for sale at the estate auction.  The material was probably intended to be a housecoat, and it is a very lightweight, 100% cotton lawn, almost. (I'm terrible at identifying fabrics, but it's definitely a garment weight.)

Anyway, my mom gave them to me and this is the first that I've used either of them.  The small fry loved the pink roses.  And we updated it a little by adding some darker contrasting trim at the neck and sleeves.  And those sparkly pink buttons up the back, those were all her doing.

"Girling-it-up" even more

Egg hunting action shot

It's nice to see this come together and used by a new generation of little midwestern ladies.  And I think Sabina would agree.

1 comment:

  1. love love love!!!! What a sweet story. I love when craft and heritage meet. xoxoxo