Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Sunday

I made the deadline! I finished the last stitch on Easter dresses at around 11pm on the Saturday night before Easter...just in time! Oh the children were beautiful and Easter was wonderful but I was way too lazy about getting good pictures. I get that way sometimes.....ya know, sometimes I just want to live the moment instead of documenting it. Ever feel that way? Like sometimes it's too much work? Anyhow...

The wind was amazing on Sunday! which made our family get-together perfect since it's outside, but made picture taking a little tricky. I thought this one was cute though because they were all laughing at their silly daddy, and I love pictures with real smiles.

I seriously didn't know how to feel about Molly in this dress. I love the dress and all, but she just looked so grown up in it. It sort of reminded me of something Diana would wear in Anne of Avonlea. I think that's why she loved the dress so much, she felt like it was her first "big girl" style Easter dress. How did she get this big? Part of me is so proud of the young maiden in this picture and then part of me just wants to cry that she is so big.....Oh the joys of motherhood, it's always something isn't it.

Here is a close up of Molly's dress. She told me that she would remember it for forever. Sweet sweet girl. I love heirloom sewing! There is something about knowing that this dress will never go out of style and maybe one day her little girl can wear this, her favorite Easter dress, that makes it so rewarding.

And Miss Priss, my sweet Madeline. If you look closely you may notice that there is a hint of pink here and there, that's because I made pink slips! I was very happy with the way that worked out too, it almost reminded me of cotton candy! The effect was very subtle but it was so beautiful!

I threw this picture in because it was just too cute to pass up! While Ben was leading practice before church the kids joined in to help. Oh those precious little voices!

I'm not sure when I will be back because I'm leaving for the beach in the morning! BY MYSELF! Yep! Ben is keeping the children and me and five other ladies are headed to the beach for a weekend of leisure...I am so excited and nervous at the same time. I know I'm going to have a blast but I have never left my family before so I'm sure I will be itching to get back home too. Well, I'll see ya when I get back!

xoxo,

Samantha

22 comments:

Myra said...

absolutely beautiful dresses

seemommysew said...

Wow, those turned out so beautiful! Love that first picture...it made me smile! I went away for my first overnight with some ladies (I guess now that I think of it...I have gone to church retreats before). It was lots of fun, but it was kind of weird going without my family! We had a blast, though. Have fun! :)

SHEILA said...

Samantha,
The dresses are beautiful. So glad to finally see some pictures. Have a wonderful time at the beach. Missing the family will make coming home that much better, but relax and enjoy because you deserve it! xoxo Sheila

Lauren said...

The dresses are great, so classic without being dated. I started reading your blog recently and I'm so impressed with the time and thought that goes into the things you've made :-)

My daughter turned 1 last month and that marked my first year of sewing, and I've made outfit on top of dresses on top of pj's for her, more than I'd ever feel the need to buy for her. But I've only made a few pairs of pants for my son, and two sad skirts for me! I wonder if little girl clothes are my only motivation, lol? Hopefully as my skills increase, my interests do too!

Martha said...

OMG the only thing missing are the live chicks or bunnies. The quintessential Easter dresses. Which pattern did you use? I love the pink slips too. It does look like cotton candy. You did a great job and they look so sweet and angelic. Good job mom and enjoy your girltime at the beach.

Jean said...

Beautiful and lovely! What pattern did you use for Molly's dress? I want it! (And in case you care, here are my two girls in their Easter dresses: Easter photo.)

Jean said...

OK I'm sorry that totally did not work. Try this.

little dresses said...

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Jean,

The dresses are gorgeous! You did a great job!

I didn't use a pattern for Molly's dress ( I hate to tell people that!) but you could easily alter a plain yoke dress pattern by just adding the puffing.

xoxo,
Smantha

Jean said...

Aargh! I'm no good at that kind of thing. Tell you what, write out instructions and sell it to me! :)

little dresses said...

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Jean! LOL! I tell you what... a good place to start would be Martha Pullens book "French Hand Sewing By Machine". When I first started heirloom this was my favorite book ever! She gives you a good basic yoke pattern and then teaches you to add puffing entredeux and everything using the same pattern. That is basiclly what I did I just didn't use her pattern. All you would need then is a lower yoke pattern than the one she gives ( you probably already have one) and you woul dknow then how to alter it. Believe me this book is well worth the money!

Hope this helps hun, I hate to feel like I leave people hanging!

xoxo,
Samantha

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Anonymous said...

The dresses are GORGEOUS!!! And of course Molly is looking so grown up but I've been noticing that the past few months, Mom - Ok, are you ready for this - - - the one I thought looked so much older was your little guy!

And the dress designs ARE unique! You just don't know! Maybe you could do a tutorial on making the puffing? And show just making a square piece of puffing and entreduex and lace and then cutting out the yoke? And they would get it - it's amazing to watch girls' faces in class when that light bulb comes on!!!
from Sparkle

Kim said...

That's some gorgeous work there Samantha, enjoy the beach my love. You've totally earned it! :)

bellaguinness said...

What classic dresses! Heirloom pieces for sure. The embroidery is lovely - is it your design? I'm inspired to try something of that nature now - something, like you said, that my little one can put her daughter in some day.

Have a rejuvenating vacation!

Joy said...

beautiful! Have a great time on your beach trip...I'm excited for you. And yay for Ben watching the kids!

pfarmwife said...

I think Molly's dress is my favorite, too!

Jean said...

That's the one book I don't have--I do have two of a four-part series called "Heirloom Sewing" by Pierce and Ahles' "Fine Sewing by Machine." Unfortunately I'm broke ATM--no heirloom sewing for me right now--but I will definitely put it on my wish list. So much sewing, so little time...and they grow up so fast!

rachel said...

Gorgeous! I'm a first timer on your blog, but I'm loving it!

wondermommy said...

Gorgeous job! I love how the dresses turned out...absolutely beautiful!

B said...

Oh my goodness; they look adorable. You are very talented those dresses will be around for a very long time I reckon ;o)

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