I finally made an Easter dress. Every year, I intended to, but I always found a dress on the rack that I fell in love with. Since Miss grows slowly, I often get two years wear out of them! Last year and the year before, she got to wear a beautiful Janie and Jack dress.
I've always loved the idea of a brand new, fancy, Easter dress. As a girl, I always wanted to have the fanciest dress there was ( I secretly wish my mom sewed), but for some reason, I've never sewn Miss an Easter dress before. When I saw this dress on Janie and Jack's website, though, and fell in love with it's shape, I almost bought it.
Then, I remembered that I had a pattern almost identical in my stash already! I'd purchased the Amelie and Henri Esmee Cottage Dress several months earlier and had tucked it away somewhere. The pattern has a two piece bodice with a lovely pleated detail, but I left that out because I didn't want to cut the toile. The scene is so big, I wanted to let it shine so I made my bodice all one piece. Everything else is by the pattern.
The skirt is VERY full. Each panel is full selvedge width, one front and one back. That is four panels in total and a whole lot of hand gathering. I'm surprised at how heavy this dress is, but it drapes very nicely.
|Please excuse my sad, wonky bow.|
I love the scoop back. It's the feature that I loved about the Janie and Jack dress I almost bought. The fit on the dress is really good too, especially considering how wide the scoop is.
I added a couple of bright pink buttons with gold sparkles to close it up. Not my best button hole work, but I can't go back now.
I added two layers of topstitching to the top of the dress for interest, one in light pink and one in dark pink. The light pink didn't show up too well in the photos. It's subtle in person too. Also, how cute is this fabric?
I really like the ticking stripe with the toile. The sash is topstitched right above the skirt seam. This was really tricky to do because of the bulk of all the gathering. I may undo my top stitching and try again.
The underskirt is trimmed with the last of my vintage eyelet. I will miss it, but it has been well used. I may tack the underskirt up at the waist because I think it hangs a bit low. I'll see how it all falls after it hangs for a couple of days.
Thanks for looking! Hopefully, it will be warm enough this year to wear this with no sweater. I don't think we have a pink cardigan in the closet!
- Fabric: Cape Anne Indian Summer
- Pattern: Esmee Cottage Dress by Amelie and Henri