“Toki” (rabbit in Korean) hops to it this Easter, but not soon enough and only finished one dress for my two girls! Uh-Oh. Good thing I pulled out a pretty satin dress with coral flower prints on it that the older one outgrew and was brand spankin’ new to this younger girl so we avoided a possible melt-down. Whew! Well, actually, if my younger girl didn’t get a dress, she probably would have pouted for a second then forgotten about it. She’s pretty easy-going and very forgiving, which is a blessing since I’ve supposedly (according to some health articles) lost memory brain cells every time I had another child; quite unfortunate for all children involved.
Speaking of memory loss, I really wish I could remember where or when I got this pretty fabric, but I bought a lot of it (maybe 5 yards) and I had been saving it for a special occasion to make a dress out of it. Not only is the big watercolor floral prints just beautiful, but the material itself is gorgeous; silky yet thick, definitely isn’t slippery, and doesn’t wrinkle too much. Perfect material for a dress!
I revisited my favorite little girl’s dress pattern “The Fairy Tale Dress” by Oliver+S. I bought the digital pattern, downloaded off the site, printed and pieced the pattern sheets together, and traced the pattern pieces for the correct sizes and view of the dress. I made this dress in the size 6 and it fits my 6 yr old just right with a little growing room.
This is definitely a very “nice” dress, fully lined bodice, sleeves, and skirt with a layer of tulle with the skirt lining to create more lift and “fluff” to the skirt and has an invisible zipper. It is a beautiful end product.
I used this pattern last year to make the above dress in a gorgeous blue and green print with the green Peter Pan collar and big green sash in the back. I followed View B of the pattern to the T and loved how it turned out. Although, I did think the front waist could use a little sash because it did look a little “boring” aside from the collar at the top. I do absolutely LOVE the big bow/sash in the back though.
This time, I made View A from the pattern with a few adjustments. I got rid of the Peter Pan collar and cut the neckline out into more of a boat-neck rather than a very high-neck round. I also used piping around the tulip sleeves and piping around the waist by using matching purple fabric with some cording to make the piping. I bought very light gray cotton fabric to line the inside of the dress.
I LOVE how it turned out! I think i spent a total of about 8-10 hours on this dress. I procrastinated and started it Friday evening, stayed up until 1am, then worked on it again off and on Sat afternoon and into the wee hrs of Sat. night. Good thing this dress will be handed off to my younger girl later so we can get as much mileage out of it before they both outgrow it. Very spring and a nice sophisticated little girl’s dress perfect for this special Easter season where we remember the miracle and love of our Savior!
We had gone to the town Easter Egg Hunt for the last 2 yrs but didn’t go this year due to a busy game schedule, but luckily a friend was hosting one in her lovely backyard so the kids got a hunt in this season. We also did a cute scavenger hunt from Pinterest where they followed clues to find 3 big (plastic) eggs filled with candy (of course) at the end of it. They LOVed the clues and my oldest boy has since made a scavenger hunt for his two younger sisters and one for my husband and I with a lovely note at the end of the hunt.
Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend and a nice spring holiday for others.
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What lovely dresses. Your girls are so lucky to have a mommy that sews so beautifully! We had a lovely Easter. It was cold and gloomy here, but the Easter Bunny still came! 🙂 Have a wonderful day. Koko:)