My little girl is getting older, so I gave her a few options for an Easter dress this year. She vetoed all my options and pulled out this old dress from a resale store. It is too wide and too short for her to wear without a cami underneath. She wanted it made to fit her and in a spring color. Really!!! This dress is a cheap piece of polyester chiffon.
I need the "sewing mother of the year" award for falling for this adventure. I found a pattern, Simplicity 1702, which is similar, but ends at a size 8. My daughter is skinny and a size 8 will fit around, but not in length.
|The dress she wanted copied.|
Next step, redraft and muslin.
|Line drawing for Simplicity 1702|
|My redraft of the bodice to add the gathers.|
|Muslin for her dream dress.|
My daughter was delighted with the muslin. I knew I was on the right track. She was happy. I cut out the dress and let the cheap polyester chiffon sit for a few weeks. I dreaded sewing with it. I still had images of linen or a sweet print in my head. Last Easter I made a beautiful Vera Wang eyelet dress. When I realized Easter was two weeks away, I panicked and started sewing.
|My daughter's dress Easter dress.|
As it turns out, polyester chiffon from High Fashion Fabrics is not a bear to sew with. My "made up" pattern went together well. The side zipper is half machine sewn in and half hand-picked.
|Back view. The dress fits well.|
|Candy and a movie make a happy girl.|
Most importantly, my daughter LOVES this dress and wants another one like it. I am learning to sew what she wants, not what I think is cute. Many days, I am left wringing my hands with the desire to make what I want. I am slow to learn.
|I did manage to embroidery a cute Easter t-shirt. Design from Embroidery Boutique.|
Happy Easter! Jesus is ALIVE!