This year I decided it was the year to make Caitlyn's Easter Dress. If I'm remembering correctly (and who really knows at this point) I haven't made her a dress for a holiday yet. I tend to make her random dresses when I feel like sewing. But I had my heart set on an eyelet dress with lavender and figured the only way to get that would be to make it.
After lots of pattern looking, switching back and forth, debating learning pattern construction, and then thinking of scrapping the whole thing, I finally decided on a sweet little McCalls pattern. I just found something suitable in the patterns that were on sale that week at Joanns. ;)
I really wanted to put a bit of me and a bit of Caitlyn in this dress...so that means some finer details and some pretty fluff. Enter the triple layer skirt: finished edge eyelet, tulle, and broadcloth in lavender. It required some extra measuring, gathering, and such because the pattern was written for a single layer skirt...but it was worth it.
I knew the neckline would need something special added to it. A little something raw that would contrast with the pretty details of the eyelet. I ended up scouring the internet for tutorials on how to make raw edge flowers and had a tough time finding anything that didn't use hot glue. So I just ended up sort of winging it with a needle and thread, some torn strips of fabric and finally a few seed beads. I loved the result.
I had Caitlyn try on the dress for sizing before I added the flowers at the neckline. And my little America's Next Top Model pulled out dozens of different poses for me. I was cracking up...enjoy this selection of her goofiness and numerous views of the dress and the pretty ribbon tie I added to the back.
Spring has been slow to arrive around here in Northern Indiana. I was happy to see the flowers start to bloom and a couple were snatched up by little hands.
A very Happy Easter Season from my little family to yours!