I was quite content to buy the girl's Easter dresses this year. In fact, I was looking forward to not sewing something huge for the holiday. However, when I went to pick up Abigail from Sunday school a couple of weeks ago, her teacher told me that another little girl had announced that her Mom had bought her an Easter dress from Costco, and I guess Miss Abigail piped up, "My Mom is going to sew me my Easter dress." So, the challenge had been issued. I'm sure that Abigail probably wouldn't remember if I hadn't sewed her a dress, but I think part of intentional parenting is to try and not let them down. And besides, it might only be a couple of more years and they aren't going to want to wear what I make them.
Back story #2:
I have a friend named Janice. She has a daughter who is the same age as Annika named Miss G. Janice and I were talking the other day, and she had mentioned that she found someone to sew a pillowcase dress for Miss G and it would only cost her $30.00. I looked at her like she had two heads and told her she could find a pillowcase for $2.00 at Value Village and I wouldn't charge her to sew the thing because they don't take that long.
I raided my
Do you remember the Christmas dresses I made? Since I liked that pattern so much, I decided to use it again to make the Easter dresses.
Dress #1 ~ Miss G
If you remember from the Christmas dresses, there is a band on the bottom of the dress that is supposed to match the sash. However, I didn't want the dress to look cheap, since the sash fabric is cotton. I made the bottom band out of the same material as the main body of the dress. The bodice is fully lined, and so I used the butterfly fabric for that. I think it turned out really nice and Miss G (and her Mama) like it.
Dress #2 ~ Annika
Like I mentioned earlier, Annika picked lace. This is a bit of a surprise for her, since she is not my girly-girl. I have never sewed with lace before, so I was up for the challenge, but it was quite frustrating at times. I think half of it was from the lace getting stuck on the foot of my sewing machine and half of it was the lining was really slippery. I persevered however, and the final project is quite pretty!
Dress #3 ~ Abigail
I think if I had to wear any of these dresses, I would pick Abigail's. I have a fondness for eyelet, and since I was saving money and going cheap for this project, I searched my house for something I could use for the lining. I had half of a white sheet left over from a different sewing project, but there wasn't enough to fully line the dress. I used the white for the bottom band and lined the dress with a pink sheet that I had from my childhood. I think I could safely say that it was approximately 20 years old. It was still in good shape, and there's nothing like a well washed piece of cotton next to your skin. It is so soft, I think it would be very comfortable to wear!
And then, because my Mom guilt set in that I wasn't making anything for Tyler, I'm going to be whipping him up a new bowtie and a pair of suspenders...but they aren't made yet, so I couldn't post a picture. Here's a picture of Tyler though, that boy has a sixth sense when it comes to me pulling out a camera, he always wants his picture taken!