Monday, March 25, 2013

Lily Dress

Our family is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest member of the family any minute now, because she was supposed to have arrived yesterday!  To celebrate, I made the big sister, Lily, my Grand Niece, a new dress.  I hope she likes it.

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Her Mommy had posted pictures of different dresses she was hoping to win such as the following dress from Sweet Honey which can be found on etsy right now. (just trying to give credit for the beautiful creative idea at Sweet Honey.  I see such talent in combining beautiful patterns of fabric.)
I had a scraps of fabric from the Mother Lode of fabric from my Special Friend.
Looking through my large stash of patterns, I decided to use McCalls 9203.
One view has buttons in the center of the front bodice, while the other has rows of ribbons.
I decided to make a pleat with a piece of matching fabric to look like an overlay.
I rather thought the back should have been the front.

I despise doing plackets.  Sometimes they work good on knits, most of the time they don't work right on cottons.
When using a variety of fabrics in a garment, I don't match button styles and sometimes not even colors. This is a great way to use my button stash collected over the years from used clothing.  Am I the only person that has a fascination for buttons?

So Lily, Congratulations on a new baby sister, and I hope you like your new dress?
Your Mommy said you wore a size 3T.  This dress is long but I sure don't remember 3T being this big.  Lily, you are growing too fast!
 Sharing at several Linky Parties.
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  1. I LOVE the way you've combined those gorgeous fabrics, Joy!!! The pleat you added looks great... a BEAUTIFUL dress!!!

  2. What a gorgeous dress for your lucky grand-niece. It reminds me of happy days gone by sewing for my own little girls. I love the pretty patterns you chose. I bet she adores it!

  3. This is adorable, and I love the colors for spring!

  4. Beautiful dress! What a sweet gift for Big Sis too! I know my children so appreciated receiving gifts when their younger sibs were born. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation at A New Creation link party!

  5. Are you kidding she and her mama are going to LOVE it. Such fun colors and you have an eye for mixing patterns. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank-you ALL for the sweet comments. I always enJOY reading them. It's like getting a gift.

  7. Hi Joy, your darling dress is featured this week at A New Creation. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. That is an adorable spring time dress.Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  9. This is so pretty! You will be one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Just adorable! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again.


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