Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter with Aine from AS&E 89

Every issue of Australian Smocking and Embroidery inspires me to pull out my pleater and get going!  Issue 89's dress, "Aine," was gorgeous done in white.  My sweet darling would not allow a dress to remain white until we got to the the church, besides being so dressy looking.  I just had to make this dress, but I chose a more casual fabric, but I still love the results.  The fabric is a pink cotton by Oliver+S in her City Weekend group by Moda.

"Aine" is an age 6-10 dress, so I think I may be doing this one again.  It has the MOST GORGEOUS back! I followed the pattern almost exactly.  I substituted a small amount of pink fabric for the sleeves instead of all lace.  I did have to line this dress with white batiste due to the see-through factor.  I am not overly fond of lace, but this dress is enchanting with the lace.

I switched DMC colors to mirror my dress colors.  Some quilting cottons are not tamed well going through a pleater, but this one behaved wonderfully adding to my excitement to finish the dress.

This is a great fitting dress.  I am so pleased with the results.  

Hope you enjoy the Easter holiday.  Christ is truly risen and has conquered death for us all!


  1. The back IS gorgeous! You say that the dress fits well. What size did you make? I ask because AS&E patterns so often run large.

    1. This is a size 8 and my daughter is 8 years old. She still has about another year of growing room because the bow tie belt takes in a little of the extra fabric. I have always said their sizing runs very large, but it seems the size 8 is almost truer to size than their other sizes.

  2. That is beautiful. I wouldn't have thought to use that fabric but it really does make the dress even better in my opinion.

  3. Beautiful dress. This is on my list of 1000 dresses make, he-he.