Wednesday, March 4, 2015

At the orchard.



These two can be so sweet it kills me dead.


Except all day long when they were fighting over who got the feather dress.  Then I winked at Abby and pointed to the purple one while asking her which was her favorite, so she answered purple and from then on it was Elizabeth's favorite.  Iz looks up to her big sis like crazy.


I had this crazy vision in my head after seeing a similar dress with a striped bodice and a floral skirt.  I was determined to make it work with only fabrics in my stash and late at night to boot.  So I thought through my patterns and decided on the Oliver + S Playtime Dress, modified to my 'needs'.  I wanted short sleeves and a curved front bodice, so I simply left off the sleeves and sketched out a curve on my pattern piece until I got a shape I liked.  I probably could have made the curve a little higher.  


I made a size 4T and lengthened the skirt.  I forgot that (in my opinion) this one runs a little long- which really isn't a bad thing.

Speaking of the skirt, it is a knit.  I really love the way it moves and hangs, she loves that it is so soft and twirly.  I used the full width of the fabric and made the seam run down the center back.


For the bodice I pieced together strips of cotton, I was crazy excited when I realized I had the exact green in my stash to match- what are the chances of that?  Last year I picked up a yard each of some random colors that caught my eye that I wouldn't normally buy, apparently it paid off! HA!


To keep it nice on their skin I fully lined the bodice, which also conveniently finished the sleeves at the same time. I did the same with the all stripe dress.


I love making the girls coordinate, so then I decided I needed a stripe dress, this time using bigger strips (because small strips were a pain!).  I alternated the direction of the stripes for kicks and giggles.  Plus, I thought it would be a fun look, though at the last minute I nearly kept them all horizontal.


With this one I kept the bodice as per the pattern.

Supposedly they will share these dresses, as George promised Iz she could 'wear da feaders next time Eez!'.  Don't think I believe it, but at least Elizabeth decided to like the purple one.  




15 comments:

  1. Both gorgeous! I'm so impressed that you pieced your stripes - that must have been such a labour of love, but totally worth it for such fabulous dresses.

    I haven't made the Playtime yet, but having seen this I might need to start on one right now!

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    1. Thanks Catherine! I tend to make this dress more complicated than it needs to be (1,000 sequins, pieced stripes) but it really is a great pattern and can be a quick sew.

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  2. Lovely dresses and pictures! I found your blog some weeks ago and I've been visiting here many times now. I really like your style and fabric choices- I guess we have bit of a similar taste when it comes to fabrics :). I have one wide stripe cotton waiting which I'm going to turn into a summer dress and a rose knit that should be used for my school girl's trousers ;). I have four children and I love to sew too . Regards from snowy Finland!

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    1. Thank you! I love the sewing community and the inspiration that can be found here:)

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  3. I love your striped dress! In fact, I love it so very much I may have to try something similar. What an awesome idea!

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  4. You look great in purple Iz ;o)

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    1. She has now fallen in love with it and worn it 3 times :)

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  5. wow, pieced stripes, I would never have guessed, they look fab

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    1. Thanks! I was quite happy the way it turned out.

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  6. Two absolutely beautiful dresses!!!! And I can't believe you actually pieced the stripes!!! Too cool! And so much more work!

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    1. Thanks Inder! I can't keep this pattern simple, it just isn't the way I roll;)

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  7. Both dresses are lovely! I like the stripes/feathers combo but those purple stripes are my fave!! I love your mods...you always come up with the neatest changes to customize patterns.

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