Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Maddie's Easter dress.

I am almost done with it! I still have to hem it, and maybe add three growth pleats to the
skirt. What do you think, growth pleats or no? If you don't know what a growth pleat is, look at the picture below. They are 1 or 2" pleats that can be taken out as needed to add length to a dress. Every time you take out a pleat you can replace it with two or three pintucks. This technique really does add time to the use of the dress, sometimes letting out one pleat will buy you another season of use. You can also reverse the system! If a big sister dress fits but is too long, you can add the pleats.

I love the bodice of this dress! Can you see the rows of crochet tulips? I wondered if people would notice the tulips. I crocheted little angel sleeves around the arm holes. They look just precious on Maddie! I love the way they ruffle over her tiny shoulder.

The fabric is linen batiste. The crochet is size 10 DMC perle cotton. I like this thread because it has a shine to it, I feel like it really adds to the texture. I am pretty happy with the way the dress turned out, the only thing I would like to be different is maybe the fabric being lighter shade of pink. I tried to find it lighter but it just wasn't available, but I'm happy.

I hope to be back in the next two days with pictures of Molly's dress. I have a crochet bodice done, but I still have to draft a pattern and put together a dress to go with it. Oh...I better get to work! I hope you will stop by and see it.

15 comments:

Steve & Molly said...

You are the WOMAN! How do you find all the time to make these wonderful clothes?! Her dress is absolutely beautiful and so are your skirts! Looking forward to seeing Molly's dress, too! Do you sew Easter clothes for your men, too? I have a friend who used to make matching dress shirts for her hubby and son. Just curious. Have a great afternoon!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. I love your creativity.
Debbie R.

KarenH said...

Oh that crochet tulip trim is soooo beautiful!

I've been digging through my pattern books for those yoke patterns lately. I found a simple shell pattern online that I'll try to tackle that before going to thread crochet. :)

Can't wait to see Molly's dress!!

Katrina said...

I just found your beautiful blog on Pleasant View. I just love the skirts you designed! Where to find such beautiful fabric? Maddie's dress is amazing, you are truly talented.

Jodie said...

What a beautiful dress. I say yes to the pleats - they looks so sweet and are so practical too.

est said...

GORGEOUS!

Bethgem said...

I've been checking your blog out and it's sweet. I linked to it today on my blog.

thecherubscloset said...

It's breathtaking! Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing it.
Ula

Linnea said...

How sweet, it is the perfect Easter dress. The tulips just make the dress! I like the growth pleat. It is so beautiful already no matter what you do. I can't wait to see the one to come!

Aurelie said...

I LOVE growth pleats. The dress is amazing. Love your mamaskirts too.

Lady_MSnow said...

The dress is beautiful! I love the tulips and the sleeves. As for the growth pleats. I don't know that they need them, but I don't know how long it is on her. I guess if it is a little too long then I would add one or two. Just my 2 cents. ;D

melissa said...

You are such an amazing sewer! Did you crochet all the lace? It is so refined and beautiful. I love to take a peek into your blog and see all your incredible creations!

lynne said...

unbelievably lovely! what a lucky girl!

Anonymous said...

That's incredible and absolutely beautiful!

Sabrina

Anonymous said...

I LOOOOOVE Maddie's dress!! I can't wait to see Molly's! I love the linen batiste and I think it's the *perfect* shade of pink! I have just got to do a crocheted bodice now! Your skirts are perfect, too. Thanks you for sharing your family and sweet-kiddos with us!
Barbara O.