Monday, March 24, 2008

Molly's Easter dress.

Easter was beautiful! It was a little cold and windy, but they let me get a couple of shots without sweaters. I have more pictures and a funny video that I'll post later, but now I will tell you about Molly's Easter dress.
(this is the original)
It all started when I found this collar at an antique store, it was dark beige and yellowish with off white pearls. I immediately thought that it would make a beautiful round yoke dress. I loved the design but not the color, so I made another one a little longer and in white thread (size 10 perle cotton) with off white pearls. After I had my reproduction made to the size I wanted, I decided to soak the original in Cascade (yes the dishwasher stuff), and it turned out brighter than the one I had made! So now I have a collar that I can use on a dress for Maddie, that makes me so happy!
(this is my version in white and off white)
I love the way it turned out! Thank you all for voting for the growth pleats, I am so glad you talked me into it. Molly's dress was the same pink linen batiste, the same thread, and I sewed growth pleats in hers too; but I feel like they were still totally different. I like to make the girls dresses that coordinate but don't match. That way Maddie doesn't grow into the same set of dresses she just grew out of. Does that make sense? Here's a close up of the dress on. So was it what you expected? So many of you said you couldn't wait to see it that I felt a little pressured. LOL! I wondered if it would be good enough after all this waiting! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday. You are going to love my story and video of our hillbilly Easter. We so trashy! LOL!

11 comments:

Mary (craft addict) said...

Those are both so beautiful!

Dawn said...

Oh, so GORGEOUS!!!!!!
Heirlooms, for sure!

Cakies said...

Wow the details you put into your dresses are quite stunning! great creations here...

KarenH said...

Both are masterpieces Samantha!

Steve & Molly said...

Those dresses are wonderful! Hey, could you do a tutorial on growth pleats, please?!?! With my rapidly growing girls that would be wonderful to know how to make them! Molly's sweater is pretty, too. Love that detail work.

karen said...

Hi. Thanks for the comment on my blog. These dresses are beautiful and I love the idea of your book. I can crochet but have so little time, I appreciate how lovely a process it is though.

Felicia said...

Adorable dresses :)

Sheila said...

Samantha,
As usual, your work is GORGEOUS!
What I admire is how you can create these dresses without a pattern, something I would never attempt. And I love LOVE how the kids always look so happy and proud to be wearing mama's creations. Isn't that the best feeling?
xo

Anonymous said...

OMIGAWSH!!! Molly's dress is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love Maddies' but LOOOOVE Molly's. SO! Now get busy Mama - me want a pattern!! Did you line the crocheted 'collar'? Do you think the collar alone would not be sturdy enough to support the Bishop dress? I'm thinking the lace alone with fabric would be such a cute sundress??? If you think it would work? And I love that linen batiste and found some at princess.com and not too $$ either! I think some will be joining my stash SOON!
Beautiful Stitches!
Barbara O aka Sparkle
p.s. my brothers live in Northern IL and this is SO something they would (have?) do! And they're all in their 50s. And they call our oldest brother who has a bad heart and is disabled 'The Gimp'.

Allison Fouse said...

We loveses it. I am totally envious of your girls'. I want a dress like that BAD! It look sooooo comfortable and is a perfect combination of sweetness and feminine.

Amazing work!

Lynn said...

I love that crocheted collar. Have you posted a tutorial on that? I might could figure it out if I look at it closer.