Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Frocks, Part 1....

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend. We sure did. So much fun in fact, that it seems like it has taken me 2 days to recover. Actually that is probably because I stayed up late for so many nights sewing. So I guess it is time for me to post some pictures.

First up is Elisabeth. She is wearing a dress made out of periwinkle blue Imperial batiste. She picked out the fabric and I picked the pattern.

The pattern is Larkin by Maja's Heirlooms. I have wanted to make this dress for years and now I have. It was a lot of fun to put together and smock. It seems to appeal to the older girls because it has some shaping with darts and a little different silhouette. But it appeals to the mamas because it is still modest and sweet. Plus we get to add a bit of smocking and embroidery to it. Oh, and some beautiful lace too!

Even the sleeves are sweet. I am crazy in that I enjoy stitching bullion roses. I had thought about stitching them completely around the neckline, and I still may. But I also like just a few in the center front and then on the sleeves.

Overall I thought the pattern ran pretty true to size. I did measure the pattern pieces before I started and compared that to Elisabeth's measurements. I tend to do that all the time now when I use an unfamiliar pattern. It can really save some grief later on....especially since I do most of my sewing at 11 pm. Elisabeth loves the dress and says she can't wait to wear it again. That makes it a winner in my book!


dlogan said...

Cindy, I love the dress. Your work is fabulous. Elizabeth is growing up and she is beautiful. :) We had violent storms here in Arkansas last night, and we lost most of the trees in our backyard.:( We are all ok, and that is the main thing. Right now the power has been restored.

I am looking forward to the next installment, and I hope I have electicity to get on-line. God Bless! Darby

Kellie said...

I love this dress... the fun of smocking yet it definitely has an "older" feel! Bravo!

GStaples said...

Beautiful dress, you did wonderful work!

Laurie said...

That is one of the prettiest Larkin's I have ever seen! beautiful work, Cindy!

Jan M said...

Elisabeth and her dress are so pretty! The periwinkle batiste is one of my favorite colors.
Hope you are catching up on sleep!

Karyn said...

What a lovely dress. It is such a nice pattern; perfect for an older girl.
Your daughter is very sweet and looks very happy with her new dress.

Ruth said...

What a sweet pattern! I love it. And your work is beautiful, just beautiful.

I just looked at the other patterns at Maja's Heirlooms---she has some really cute stuff!

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