There’s something so wonderful about this time of year; flowers, new life, warmer weather, and new Easter clothes! I have a bit of a tradition going now to sew my daughter a lovely new dress for the double occasions of Easter and her birthday (as her birthday also falls in April). Last year my son got new pants and bow tie but I decided he needed to really be included in the tradition this year and so he got a full ensemble as well!
For this year’s dress my inspiration was an old childhood Easter dress of mine.
Please excuse my blurry iPhone picture. I had no other “before’ pictures of this dress before I hacked it up 😉 Check out this early 90’s awesomeness! I loved this dress so much as a kid!
Up-cycled! The pattern I used was the Gardenia dress pattern by Cali Faye Collection sewn in size 4 width with 5 length. The fabric which I up-cycled from my old Easter dress is a sheer cotton gauze which I lined with the original white cotton lining. For the yolk and sleeves I used off-white organza from Jo-Ann’s.
I modified the pattern a bit by adding a back bodice overlay so that the entire back wasn’t organza.
I also used the original dress petticoat to make the skirt extra full and flouncy.
The piping was also up cycled straight from the old dress. Love the little time savers 😉
For my son I pulled out all the stops and made him an entire new suit set consisting of shirt, blazer, shorts, and bow-tie.
The shirt (yes it’s been worn. Wrinkles!) was sewn from Oliver + s sketchbook shirt in size 2 width 3 length from blue cotton with contrast white cotton collar and cuffs. I chose tortoise shell colored buttons to complement the beige and browns which made up the rest of the suit set. I also flat-felled the seams for a professional look.
The blazer was sewn from the “Little Gentleman” pattern by Peek-a-boo pattern shop in size 2. The fabric I used was a beige 100% linen suiting from Jo-Ann’s, plus leather scrap for the elbow patches and real leather buttons.
For modifications I used the Oliver + s welt pocket instruction from the Museam vest & trousers pattern rather than those provided by Peek-a-boo patterns. You really can’t beat the clarity and professionalism imparted by Oliver + s and these welt pockets show that for sure!
I also added additional decorative buttons on the sleeves.
The lining is a super soft cotton called Menagerie in color timberwolf. I adore this fabric and have had it in my stash for a while waiting for a perfect use for it!
The shorts were sewn from Oliver + s Museum trousers pattern in size 2 using the same fabrics as the blazer.
I modified the trousers into shorts plus flat felled the seams for a neat finish.
Lastly, he got a bow-tie which was also up cycled from my old Easter dress. I followed the prudent baby double bow-tie tutorial which produces an amazing bow-tie!
And now for a modeling photo-bomb…
My daughter had to wear a previously sewn white slip to prevent her dress from being too scandalous 😉
Love the finished look! So glad his outfit came together as I envisioned it in my head.
Handsome dude 😉
Easter success! That was a lot of sewing and I’ll admit, I’m glad to get to move on to something new… perhaps baby layette? 🙂
How was your Easter?