Saturday, April 25, 2009

You asked...

...and I promised. Here are the Easter dresses. Or rather I should say "spring" dresses, since a last minute broken zipper prevented their use on Easter morning. What a relief that last year's frocks still fit!

And here the girls are wearing them!


I ended up pretty much writing my own patterns for both dresses, as the pre-fabricated patterns I started with weren't quite right. Overall they came out fairly close to what I originally had in mind. I placed the bow on the back of Madeleine's dress rather than the front (seemed less "foofy" to me), and got nervous enough when it came to Gianna's cap sleeve that I dropped the idea of a sleeve altogether. I think I'll try cap sleeves on some everyday clothes to get some practice.

Despite a few mistakes here and there, it was a lot of fun bringing an idea from my head to paper to reality, and the girls enjoy wearing them (though they'd like any crooked seam I'd sew for them. Oh, the benefits of being a mother!).

25 comments:

Book-it! said...

They are so PRETTY! I love them! I wish I had one of my own!

~Mary Beth

Jennifer said...

Kristen, they are BEAUTIFUL! I love the little ruffle and flower details. How gorgeous!

Cheryl M. said...

Beautiful little girls, Kristen!! You did an outstanding job with their dresses!! :))

Margaret said...

They came out beautifully! Your girls look precious. And do I see pigtails on Madeleine? :) Yay!

Clare Marie-Therese Duroc said...

Oh, my, those are just exquisitely beautiful! Wow! Your girls look so sweet and lovely!

Megan said...

Thank you so much for sharing those! They did turn out beautifully! I'm so impressed with your creativity and ability to alter or come up with your own patterns.

Grace in my Heart said...

Just precious!!! I love the ruffles. The fabric colors you chose are beautiful!

Alicia said...

These are beautiful and even better than their original sketches - I'm wowed. :^)

Jeannine said...

I love it when you share what you've sewn! Thank you so much! The fabric flowers are especially gorgeous.

Meredith said...

They turned out just beautifully! I love the variations in the collars and the tiers, simply gorgeous, you are so talented...and those little cuties, WOW, adorable :)))

nancy said...

Gorgeous!!!!!You are so talented!

Mary said...

You did a fabulous job on the dresses Kristen. They are stunning! The girls look absolutely lovely in them. I really like the ruffled neckline as well as the flower detail. I am in awe of your pattern making ability. It is truly a God given gift!

Lissa said...

Ohhhh Kristen, how utterly lovely! I'm weak in the knees. :)

kimberly said...

Breathtakingly beautiful...and the dresses are lovely, too!

You are so very talented, dear Kristen! Thank you for sharing...

Shannon said...

these are simply beautiful. oh, I just love them! (and I love your blog too!)

Julie said...

Those dresses are gorgeous and your girls so beautiful!

kathy said...

Those are beautiful!

Lerin said...

Just beautiful!!!!

Kristen said...

Thank you, lovely ladies!

E Caughron said...

Hadn't seen these yet - just beautiful! Where did you get the idea for those leaves? How did you make them?

Kristen said...

Hi Erin! After I added the rosettes I just thought they needed something else, and leaves came to mind. I cut out each leaf on the fold (at leaf base) and stuck a sheet of double-sided fusible web in at the crease (between the 2 layers). No sewing was involved in making them, only attaching them to the bodice underneath the rosettes. If the edges start fraying after the first wash I'll just zig-zag them. :)

Philigry said...

these dresses are stunning! your girls are so sweet.

E Caughron said...

Kristen, you anticipated my question entirely, "how did she finish those edges so that they won't fray?" Very clever. Have you ever used fray check? You could put the slightest amount just along the edge of the fabric and it would do wonders. Be careful and try a scrap first, it is a liquid and can wick into the fabric if too much is applied. About the zipper on Easter morning, I can't imagine it of you, but I think I would have cried! I hope you hadn't stayed up late finishing them. Our Easter in TN, I had smocked the girls' dresses, and Sam sent them outdoors for pictures before going to Mass - the kids started playing, one son on a bike chasing his sister and of course there was a fall and huge grass stains right down the front. They did come out, but not for Easter :-)!

Heather said...

Oh those dresses are so inspiring. Perhaps I can get past skirts seeing these! I love the colors and the design- you are so talented. And the girls look positively lovely in them.

Sara said...

OK, I stumbled upon your blog with a google search for "Mary De" Pattern by children's corner. I had to stop and say how beautiful these dresses are and ask a couple of questions. Did you use a pattern as your base or did you just wing it? If you used a pattern , what were they? Also, what kind of fabric did you use for them? It looks like a cotton, but with a sheen? Thanks!