Friday, March 13, 2009

Easter Dress Sketches

(And I say "sketches" loosely - I never claimed to possess any drawing skills!) So, this is what I did after the girls went to bed last night. I have the fabric in my stash and the designs on paper, now I just need to figure out how to sew them. I've never done a wrap-style bodice or cap sleeves (though I did find a neat tutorial here), so we'll see how this goes.


18 comments:

Mary Beth Foss said...

I can just imagine how they will look! So beautiful!

~Mary Beth Foss

kathy said...

Those are going to be lovely! I'm guessing if you want to go the pattern route you could make do with one pattern and just modify the bodice (take the pattern piece for the full bodice, draw a diagonal line, and then flip it for the other side). I'm sure you could also go sans pattern, I'm just a pattern-reliant crafty wimp :-).

Katherine said...

I look forward to seeing how these dresses turn out. The sketches are beautiful.
And since I can't sew, I will just sit back and watch in amazement. :)

Betty Beguiles said...

I am so impressed! Have you decided on fabrics yet?

Betty Beguiles said...

Oh, and I've been meaning to ask, do you have a favorite online fabric store? Thanks!

Cheryl M. said...

A couple thoughts...How will the bodice open to get into the dress...will it be at the wrapped back? Or will it slip over the head? I'm thinking of my favorite Children's Corner patterns...Mary De comes to mind right away because it has a wrap back, but the skirt is open in the back (on the right side -actually the two back skirt pieces overlap each other quite a bit.) Mary De is shown smocked in the front (on the pattern cover) but you could use the bodice lining piece to make an unsmocked bodice. However, Mary De is a jumper so there is no sleeve included...Oh, I just thought of another combo...again, Children's Corner Jane Ann has the front bodice, skirt and cap type sleeve and you could use the Mary De wrapped back bodice piece. I have these two patterns in a size 7 and could trace the pieces and send to you...let me know!

I'm going into the sewing room to sew collars for two Children's Corner Louise sundresses, but will be thinking of your dresses while I work! :)

Margaret said...

Kristen, these are lovely! Can't wait to see them finished!

sarah said...

Gorgeous. Just right for two dear girls. I hope you'll show them to us once they're made :-)

Mary said...

I have been sewing for 20 years and just made my first pattern last year. I am so impressed by your creativity and drive. The sketches look lovely.
I can't wait to see your fabric choices. Are you going to make the "wrap" dress with a zipper down the back or an actual "wrap"?
Sandra @ Portabellopixie has a great turorial on rolled roses you might find useful.
http://www.portabellopixie.typepad.com/

Kristen said...

Thanks everyone!

Betty, yes. The fabric is a pale blue cotton I've had since last year. I realize the dresses would probably look much better in dupioni silk or taffeta for fullness and tonal changes, but I'm using what I have. As far as online fabric shopping, I really don't do it much - there's a great quilt shop in the next town over. :)

Cheryl and Mary, I plan to install an invisible zipper in the back - so it will actually be a "faux wrap". I just cut the bodice a few minutes ago using New Look 6881. And Mary, I'm off to check out that rose tutorial you mentioned. Thank you!

Cheryl M. said...

Precious pattern - you'll do great!! I can't wait to see them completed. :)

Michele Quigley said...

Great sketches --I love the stand up ruffles! I'm working on Easter dresses too. What fabric have you chosen??

Mary said...

I LOVE that pattern. I can't wait to see them finished. The blue will be such a wonderful compliment to both of your daughters complexions.
The slip ruffle will give it some weight and fullness that can be challenging to achieve with cotton. Zippers are the weakest link in my sewing. I would love to know of any tutorials you come across that would help.
Have fun!!

Dessi said...

Wow, how sweet can't wait to see it all finished!!! I wish i could have your gift of sewing!!!

Jean Flaherty said...

They are so beautiful, Kristin! I cannot wait to see them executed! I love the ruffles- so pretty- which dress is for which lovely daughter?
Mary, Sew Mama Sew has a zipper tutorial (my weakest link as well- that and hemming!)
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=87

though it is not for an invisible zipper.

Kristen said...

Jean, Gianna wants the dress with the cap sleeves and rosettes. So I made the wrap style for M over the weekend. The neckline looks too sophisticated for her little self. Not sure I like it.

I LOVE invisible zippers and blind hemming. Terrified of buttons though. :(

Beth said...

I'm terrifed of zippers!!

Charlotte (Matilda) said...

I am sure they will be beautiful! My daughters asked if I was going to sew their Easter dresses this year. Insert guilt here!