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sewing for easter: one final dress

Last minute sewing is my jam! I tend to hold on sewing specific things until the very moment they’re needed. This dress is a perfect example of that! Originally, this is a dress I started sewing up for my oldest. I was still, as I’d like to think, at the beginning of my sewing journey at the time.

I had purchased this double gauze from imagine gnats and it had taken me forever to finally decide on a pattern to sew with it. I had opted to sew it up as a fun spring dress, using the Caroline Party Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House. If I remember correctly, the measurements I had used for A had put her in a size 3, and then I may have added a bit of length to the bodice since she was around 6-7 at the time.

I made a few mistakes while sewing the dress, specifically when attaching the skirt to the bodice and I then think I ripped it apart twice, only to find out the double gauze is very delicate and doesn’t like to see the seam ripper too often. There were a few other things that went wrong with it at the time (user mistakes). So I put it aside discouraged…

Low and behold almost 8 years later… yup, that’s a long time to be sitting in the wip pile. Pretty embarrassing actually, but I’d like to think that it worked out in the end. When I started thinking about dresses to sew up for the girls for Easter, I really wanted to find something I had in my stash to sew from first. As I was looking for something I came across the dress! It was like it was meant to be!

To get this dress back on track, I seam ripped (delicately this time) the skirt and the bodice sections that had issues and reattached them. I also decided to take the time to rip off one of the Peter Pan collar pieces off since it had shifted and wasn’t properly centred when I originally attached it. This honestly felt like it was going to be a lot of work BUT it actually wasn’t too bad. I did all my seam ripping while watching tv and found time during the day to stitch it back together little bits at a time.

The only thing I really changed on the pattern is how the back closes. It’s supposed to be an invisible zipper closure. But I couldn’t find any zippers the night before Easter and it was too late to run out, so I opted to go with a snap/button closure (similar to how the geranium dress closes). The only thing that got affected was the collar, which now overlaps a bit.

By doing this type of closure it actually works out better for fit for J, since it was pretty wide on her to begin with (she only measures about 19″ at her chest, so typically fits in 12m patterns), and it reduced the width by about an inch.

One last thing I did talk about doing for adjustments was a ‘deep’ hem, or a ‘grow with me’ hem. So I had originally thought of folding it over about 2-3″. But once I tried it on her with the back closure done up, I decided that 1″ would be plenty. It sits just below her knee, and she still has some growth in it. So I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

In the end, she looooved this dress! And I’m pretty happy with how it turned out too, especially since I never intended it for her haha. She wore it the entire day (including a walk down to the creek where she fell in a deep mud puddle of course)… but I’m fine with it, sorta, as long as she’s having a fun Easter

I hope you guys all had a lovely Easter yesterday!

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sewing for easter: a bunny cheong sam

Happy Easter !

Easter day is always associated with bunnies. My girl, N is obsessed with bunnies.

I bought this pretty fabric from Spotlight last December. Immediately, I knew what I will sew for N. A cheong sam sewn in this fabric is definitely the choice of dress she will be delighted.

Challenged myself to piping and mandarin collar

For this project, I tried out the binding, the mandarin collar and the hidden zip. It was quite a challenge for me as I have not done this for a while. Definitely some room for improvement. I followed the dress pattern from this site.

Managed to find a hidden zip with a matching colour for the fabric

After close to 3 days of sewing, cutting and sewing, finally the end product.

My worry about whether the fabric is suitable for an oriental dress has been eased when I saw the end product.

And N was a little shy to have the picture taken. Especially when I told her this post will be shared on a blog site. Reluctantly, she agreed to take a photo in this dress. Convincing her to take more photos in future will be a challenge for me.

A little camera shy for someone who is active and chirpy.
As a start, N wanted to try out some photos which she was more sedentary compared to her usual self.

Nonetheless, N was delighted to see her favourite woodland theme on the new dress. She asked if she could have some smores to go along. I figured sweet treats would be the way to go for more photos in future.

We created this equation for our smores. Especially for Easter.

More bunnies!! Sinful snacks as we dipped the cookies in thick melted chocolate. These beautiful things were gobbled up within minutes.

But who cares! Bunnies rule the world…. I meant our world.

Happy Easter!

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sewing for easter: dresses for girls and tweens

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One of my favorite things to sew my girls is dresses. Their tall thin frames make finding RTW dresses that are the right length almost impossible to find. Dresses can be a quick sew or a slow thoughtful process. Either way, the result is always so worth it.

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With Easter just around the corner, I’m here to share some of my favorite tried-and-true patterns and designers.

The Manhattan Dress from New Horizons Designs is a fast sew with stunning results. It’s a boatneck, fitted bodice with multiple sleeves and skirt lengths. It’s made for knits which makes it as comfy as it is pretty. This one comes in a HUGE range of sizes, 6-12 months all the way to size 16 (with a ladies version as well!).

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Another knit favorite is the Aria Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co. The bow back detail really makes this pattern a show stopper! You can add the back panel for warmth and modesty or leave it off for summer. It’s such a great pattern for mixing fabrics too. This pattern goes up to a size 12 making it great for tweens too.

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The Groove Dress from MadeIt Patterns is a great staple pattern. The wide swing style is so fun and you just can’t help but twirl in it. The kid’s version goes up to size 10 but you’ll also receive the Tween pattern with purchase so you’ll be set for awhile! This pattern would be perfect for casual Easter parties and works great in all those drapey double brushed poly and rayon spandex prints.

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My last go-to knit dress I can’t live without is the Joy Dress and Peplum from Made for Mermaids. This pattern looks fantastic with more structured knits like ponte, liverpool, and scuba. Those big deep pleats are to die for! This is another pattern that comes together in a flash but leaves a big impact. It’s available up to a size 14 (and also in women’s) which means my girls will be getting them for years to come.

Whenever I have a woven fabric I want to really highlight, my brain goes right to the Violette Fields Threads Pixie Dress and Top. I love it for mixing prints and also playing with fabric direction and trims. As far as woven patterns go, this one is one of the simplest to sew up. With no closures to worry about, I can sew it up in an afternoon. The Pixie dress is available in both children and tween sizing so I know we’ll be covered for awhile. Violette Fields has an extensive tween pattern collection that I find myself turning to again and again.

Coffee and Thread Patterns are some of my most used patterns. The Polina Dress has just enough frouf for my girls but is still classic enough for me. Coffee and Thread Patterns go up to a size 12 and I’ll be sad when my girls outgrow them. They are a little more sophisticated and the tutorials and fit can’t be beat.

The Larkspur Dress from Hey June Handmade is my workhorse pattern. I’m a sucker for the whole Hey Juniors line- a collection of wardrobe staples in sizes 6-16 that can be such a great base for classic pieces or pattern hacking. The Larkspur is a classic shift dress silhouette that totally changes depending on the fabric. A beautiful satin version was perfect for my little ladies special day. A simple blue linen variation has me coveting her dress collection and it also makes a great base for those cute quilting cottons you fall in love with.

Are you sewing Easter dresses for your girls? What are your go-to patterns? Do you go extra fancy or keep it comfy? My girls will have a closet full to pick from this Easter!

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