Monday, April 5, 2010

easter dresses



After the first two attempts went awry, these are the successful ones. I'm pretty happy with them. I kept it simple because I was trying to make two dresses on the Friday before Easter. I used fabric from my stash, this luscious AMH Small Gathering cotton I've been hoarding and it was perfect. The showy floral fabric made special what might otherwise have been more of a workhouse tunic. I just love the delicious colors and that the dresses aren't matchy matchy, but similar.

I already had the fabrics I used for the bias binding in the stash too. Actually this whole project was taken from my stash, zippers and all. Didn't purchase a thing. Which works out great when you are starting a project on an already very busy weekend and your lower spine is staging a coup for control of your body. I think I may have a bulging disk or something. Ick. But I digress.


I used this old pattern of my mom's that I've used once before, Simplicity 7563. It's not the pinafore, it is the underdress without the puffed sleeves. I remembered that despite the 6x size marked on it, it is scaled pretty big. So it still fit my 7.5 year old with plenty of room to spare. I even had to take it in. Then I sized it waaaay down for the waifish 5.75 year old. You'd think she never eats, but oh she does. A lot. Frequently.

I figured out a trick to easily sew in a regular zipper that I'd never clued into before. I'll have to do that as another post, it would be much better to just photograph it than to try to explain it.


The dress in action. Sleeveless was just the thing for today, it was very warm. Oy, Georgia. Already too hot for me.



These last shots were taken at my in-law's, where we enjoyed a delicious southern meal with family and friends, and of course a lively egg hunt. We had a lovely day, I hope you all did too. Next up on the post list, The Easter Dresses That Weren't.

26 comments:

  1. Oooh...I love 'em! That fabric is gorgeous!

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  2. The dresses are great, the pattern, the fabrics, very very nice!

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  3. So pretty!!!! I love that fabric!!

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  4. They turned out beautifully...simple enough to carry the busy print.

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  5. very cute! they look perfect with their shoes too!

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  6. love them! Just found your blog & I'm really enjoying reading back thru older posts. Oh my, do you ever have some mad skills...how inspiring! :)

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  7. Cute and comfy shape with elegant and sophisticated fabric. Perfect combo :). That fabric is fantastic! Definitely makes the dress.

    I fell flat on my face with my Easter crafting this year. I blame the 5 month old ;).

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  8. Such pretty dresses. Beautiful fabrics...Your girls are exactly the same ages as my older two...only one of mine is boy...not so good for co-ordinating dresses...that's why I went on to have twin girls!

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  9. That fabric is amazing.... I will have to get me some :)

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  10. Beautiful! So springy and just perfect for Easter. Well done!

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  11. This gorgeous material was in your stash!?! Must be a great stash. I love the little dresses too.

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  12. the dresses are gorgeous! great fabric choices - just perfect for spring.

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  13. Good! You are done!
    I see the weather was much different where you are. We went skiing on Sunday!

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  14. the dresses are divine, Love them heaps! and the girls look darling in them congratulations!

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  15. Those dresses are really, really sublime. Your girls look gorgeous.

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  16. Cute dresses. When I saw the price on the pattern, I knew it had to be old. LOL

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  17. Gorgeous dresses and the fabric is beautiful. I have the same dress pattern in a size 3 so now you have inspired me to actually use it instead of just looking at it and thinking how cute it is!

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  18. They are just gorgeous, the fabric is perfect.

    Nothing like a new outfit for Easter I say!

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  19. happy girls in adorable dresses! so pretty... :)

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  20. they turned out beautifully! wtg!

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  21. I love the high neck line on those little dresses...so cute and simple but sophisticated.perfect. I too have 3 yards of that pink AMH that I am hoarding for something for myself but haven't found the just right pattern. Thinking about making the Amy Butler Anna Tunic. decisions decisions.

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  22. hey, everybody, thanks a bunch! you guys are so nice.

    Sandra@threepumpkins, etc..., welcome to the blog! and thanks!

    Katie, I don't know how you manage to do all the crafting you do! You still rock.

    Millie, mom of four, including twins -- I bow to you!

    Jessica, my stash is embarrassing. My husband's pointed look as he walks past the teetering piles on the floor speaks volumes.

    Dena, yup, about 50 years old.

    Bess, it is VERY hard to cut into that gorgeous fabric. Good luck!

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  23. Gorgeous! You did such a great job on these dresses!

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  24. Adorable dresses! That pattern looks familiar... I may even have it from 'way back then'!

    I remember those days of sewing frantically at the last minute. Worth it all, tho, huh? :)

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  25. Unbelievably gorgeous!! Well done.

    I must know what fabric you used for the binding!! Could you possibly email the name to me?? My email is sheriece (at) g mail (dot) com. Thanks so much!!

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