Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Two Dresses

Today I would like to share two dresses I sewed for my daughter. They aren't exactly seasonally appropriate, but I knew if I waited until fall to share them I may forget!
The first is my favorite dress, perhaps even my favorite sewing project of all that I've made. The pattern was a perfect canvas for embellishments, and it was a pleasure to select the fabrics and trims to sew this special dress.

The yoke is sewn from a fine wale corduroy in navy blue. I enjoyed being able to add a little hand embroidery that picked up on the colors in the calico portion of the dress. It was a hard decision when it came time to select a ric-rac, I had a few that coordinated with the calico. 

I loved adding crocheted lace trim to the waist and faux button placket!

The pattern included a hem panel that allowed for a neat lace border. The sleeves are sewn from batiste and also edged in lace. The dress was meant to include a back zipper, but I substituted buttons for the zipper.
Here is a picture of the pattern I used. It is a Gunne Sax pattern from the 1980's. I love finding old Gunne Sax patterns on Ebay. The detailing makes them extra special!

 
The next dress is one that I sewed last fall for my daughter's birthday. I loved this beautiful brown calico! It seemed to compliment the design of the dress and added to the old-fashioned appearance.
 
The shoulder ruffles look so sweet when worn! And I couldn't resist adding a little embroidery to the collar.
The most challenging aspect of sewing this dress were the pintucks. I had to sew the pintucks a few times before they were all straight and even, but I was pleased with the end results.
 
This dress was sewn using a Cinderella pattern from 1980's. I loved the cover art on this pattern. The illustration on the far left was my inspiration when sewing this dress. 

It is always bring me so much joy to sew dresses for my little girl! I have a couple of pretty spring time fabrics sitting in my sewing basket just waiting to be sewn into new dresses and skirts for her. 

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful springtime season! I hope to share a post soon with some pictures of all of the lovely birds, blossoms, and blooms around here.

"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it." Psalm 90:17




 

11 comments:

  1. The dresses are so cute! I loved the Gunne Sax dresses from the 1980s. I wasn't wearing dresses only back then. I would love to find an Gunne Sax pattern. Maybe I will check thrift stores.

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  2. HOLA SARA QUE BUENO SABER DE TI¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ TUS VESTIDOS SON TAN HERMOSOS Y ELEGANTES, SE QUE A GEMIMA LE QUEDARAN MUY LINDOS, PARECE QUE HA CRECIDO BASTANTE POR EL LARGO DE LA FALDA, ¿CUANTOS AÑOS TIENE YA? ¿HACES EDUCACION ESCOLAR EN TU CASA? ESPERO VER PRONTO TUS FOTOS DE PRIMAVERA,AQUI ESTAMOS EN OTOÑO, LAS HOJAS DE LOS ARBOLES HAN COMENZADO A CAER Y LA BRISA ES MAS FRESCA, ES UNA BONITA TEMPORADA AUNQUE AMO EL INVIERNO. BENDICIONES DESDE BUENOS AIRES.

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    1. Thank you, Ana! Yes, Jemimah does love her dresses. It is hard to believe, but she is 9 1/2 years old now. Yes, we are homeschooling, and she is in 4th grade. Jemimah is truly a special blessing to us. Enjoy your beautiful autumn season! May you have a blessed day!

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  3. Such pretty dresses! I always admire your work. I find myself always struggling to have the patience to work such fine details in sewing, but your results make me feel as if I should try more. Your little girl must love wearing what you make her! It is so special that you take that time for her.

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  4. These dresses are absolutely wonderful! I would love to have a pattern like that to work with. Well done!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! You are quite the seamstress. Wonderful that your daughter enjoys wearing these lovely dresses instead of what all the girls her age are wearing! 💖. Do you also sew for yourself?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I do sew my own clothes as well.

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  6. Both dresses are so beautiful! It's lovely to see a post from you. I wear your aprons all the time and love them! God bless you and your family.

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