Though the calendar may still say January now, these pages fly by before you can believe it. If you have a special occasion coming up this spring...First Communion or a wedding in the family...it's time to start planning now.
Last year, my goddaughter, Grace, celebrated her First Holy Communion, and I made her dress. Grace had definite ideas about the style and length she wanted. She wanted a simple scooped neck, short cap sleeves, embroidery on the bodice front and a sash in back. She also asked for a bow on one shoulder, but it really didn't end up working with the design.
Ordinarily, I'm not a quick seamstress. Planning, measuring, embroidery, etc. take time and careful consideration. But I had a smocked Easter dress to make first, and then I whipped up an everyday dress for Grace, to try out the pattern's fit. So this dress needed to go together quickly, and it did.
For fabric, I was very fortunate to have yards of silk dupioni on hand...a gift from my aunt. I made an overskirt of organza and used that for the sash as well.
For the embroidery, I used my own designs. I use this same cross when I'm making baptism garments. Here I've made silk ribbon roses around it.
I used the Children's Corner pattern "Jane Anne" and drafted a new sleeve of my own. It's completely lined. It sewed in pucker-free my first try!!
Here I'm gathering yards of organza. I ended up hemming both skirts by hand.
I found these perfect buttons at Sarah's Fabrics here in downtown Lawrence.
I have to say Grace was the sweetest, best-dressed little girl in her class!