Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Dresses

My wonderful hubby recently bought me a serger. BEST. PRESENT. EVER. I think I have used it every day since opening the box two weeks ago. I am officially addicted to sewing, and may never leave my house again (well except for more fabric). Especially now that I have a dedicated sewing area.
My first "big" project was making the girl's Easter dresses. I found a darling pattern, read up on how to make the "rolled hem" and in 6 hours I had made 2 dresses. Not too bad, right? And for $15 a dress!!! I will be making Ansley's clothes a lot from now on :)


Olivia's dress. With sweet little birds!
I wanted their dresses to be exactly the same, but when I fell in love with a print that was too big for my tiny Olivia, I went with cooridinating not matching. The sashes are the same on both.
The shirring detail- which is like smocking, with elastic thread. If anyone is interested in shirring, Sandy Henderson's blog, portabellopixie.typepad has a wonderful tutorial. It was shockingly easy. And I have to say, I am pretty proud of my straight lines! I didn't even use chalk!

Ansley's dress! This fabric is so pretty in person. It is from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane line. All of the fabrics in that line are gorgeous. I also made Ansley a pair of pants with another print from the line.

Their dresses together. The pattern is Izzy and Ivy. The Avery I believe. It was so simple! And totally well written! I would recommend it to anyone!
(And it can be done without a serger)!

And in case you were wondering- pictures will be posted of them in their dresses later!

11 comments:

Love Our House said...

Those are so absolutely adorable!!!! I'm so excited for you to teach me. Oh my word, honestly so much better than I ever imagined! (In the best way possible.) Can't wait to see them in person. Brit :o)

Kerstetter's said...

wow!!! So cute! :) Can't wait to see pics of them wearing their dresses!

We live in a Zoo! said...

You did a great job!!! Beautiful

Devri said...

Awesome!

Cassie said...

I love them! But wasn't it less than a week ago you were out shopping for already made dresses? How did you whip up that awesome and amazing alternate plan so fast? Can you give me some of that "get it done" kind of motivation?

Jessie and Greg said...

These are beautiful! Great job! They look so professional and boutiquey. I have GOT to start sewing so that I can make cute things for Thatcher!!

Love Our House said...

OK, I need you to Facebook me so I can find you! I can't find you!

The Wade Family said...

I love them!! What great work you did!!

Shannan and Josh said...

Oh my goodness, you amaze me. Can we sew on Thursday? You inspire me to sew more and maybe you can be my sewing mentor, look at what you have done, plus I need girl ideas.

Ju Ju said...

You are so crafty, I am so impressed. Look at you! You are going to bring a whole new meaning to Taylor-made.

Sarah said...

These are beautiful, Taylor! I am so impressed!!