Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Genevieve's Easter Dress

I suddenly decided to make an Easter dress for my girl.  An "Easter dress" is not a requirement in my mind, although I often had new Easter dresses when I was a girl.

bubbles in the carrot from one of their Easter baskets - they got several baskets, none from us

But I had everything in my stash (hooray for a pantry-style stash!), and I picked an easy pattern, so I thought I could pull it off in one week.


The fabric is heavy cotton with a little bit of polyester in it from its scent during ironing - I bought the yardage from the creative reuse store at least 2 years ago, and Rebecca says it looks like 1970s.  The bodice is lined with pale pink cotton, a lovely way to encase the lace at the neck and sleeves (I suggested rick rack, Genevieve wanted lace).


I also finished the hem with hem lace for no other reason than that I have vintage notions and the desire to sit out in the spring sunshine next to the tulips and whipstitch the hem.




Her hair is tied back with the same pale pink satin ribbon that I used on the back ties. I think a ballerina bun would look great next time.

the ducklings in the farm kitchen

I'm hoping Genevieve can wear it several years due to its length and her propensity to grow up, not out, like a slender stalk.  She was very pleased with the dress, and Easter day itself was mild and sunny, a perfect day for a spring dress and white ballerina flats. Pin It

18 comments:

Dianna said...

Beautiful! I love the old poly blends for little girls' dresses because they don't wrinkle.

Alica said...

You amaze me, how quickly you can just whip up a dress!! Looks great!

Eva Girl said...

Perfectly Pretty! Love the lace : )

Miss Dishywoo said...

What a sweet, sweet dress for a young girl. Your sewing skills are being well used.

momma-lana said...

What a sweet dress!

Reinventing Mother said...

Precious! Isn't sewing for young children wonderful?! I sewed for my 4 daughter while growing up and now sew for the granddaughters.

Lisa said...

It's a very pretty dress and
she looks so cute in it.

Beth Shibley said...

So sweet. Love that last photo with daddy. ;)

jenny_o said...

What a sweet dress - I love the lace, and how the lining and buttons and ribbon are that beautiful shell pink. Very smart to make it long. Nice work. And great photos!

Beth said...

The dress is wonderful! I really like the lace edging a lot. We always had new dresses at Easter, but I've not stuck to that tradition every year with our girls.

That's a great photo of G and her daddy, and of you and your man in the previous post!

Adele said...

Beautiful dress! Nice work, and having one of those "slender stalks" in my family, I imagine you're right that it will last.

MDiskin said...

Precious. I love the dreamy look that 8-year-olds get. :)

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

So pretty.. Love that pattern and the lace is so pretty on it..
Perfect photo of Genevie and her daddy..

Julian said...

Beautiful! What a sweet dress and pretty pink ribbon to match!
Christina

Shauna said...

Very lovely! Love the length too, I always add length to dresses also - I too have a girl that seems to grow upwards but not outwards. Finding old fabric is so fun - did you use a retro pattern too?

Lydia Jo said...

Well, of course I love this! Having a stash is just great too. I must get lace and more trims in my stash. I've been sewing this week and my sewing room is a mess now.

Margo said...

Shauna, I meant to post the pattern name as well. It's not a vintage pattern, although it might be from the 90s, judging by the cover. It's New Look (Easy) for Kids, 6741. Button-front empire waist with 6-gore skirt and back ties.

Leila said...

This dress suits your daughter so well! And the look on her face with her daddy is priceless -- she loves him so :)

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