What made them perfect? For once, they turned out exactly as I envisioned them in my head. How rarely does that happen? I don't know if it has EVER happened in the history of my sewing. Mostly, it's other people who tell me the dresses are great, but I see how I compromised because of wrong fabric, lack of skill or whatever other complication. But last year the dresses were exactly right - the hair accessories were exactly right - the tights even were exactly right! And I thought I'd share them here so you can sympathize with my plight as I struggle to come up with a vision for this year's Easter that will make me as happy!
To that end, I found patterns that enabled me to keep my toddler sweet and babyish, with 4 tiers of circle cut ruffles, each with a different lace edging. Let me assure you, this dress twirls very, very well - it has been put to rigorous tests :) For my middle daughter, a high waist and three tiered skirt, again with circle cut rather than gathered ruffles, coordinated but looked a little more grown up. And finally, for my oldest, two tiered circle skirts with a wide waist-band of antique lace complimented her height and was very elegant. I also improvised a circle sleeve for a softer look on all three.
|View B used for middle dress, View A for oldest|
|View B used for toddler dress|
|Closeup of pearl buttons and antique lace waistband|
|lace roses on a lace covered headband|
|lace flowers on a barrette|
Isn't it lovely that the Easter Bunny came to visit us last year? Honestly, I have no idea where the white rabbit came from, but it was the sweetest serendipity.
My boys may get neglected at this age - sewing neckties just isn't as fun as the little sailor suits and vests I used to make them when they were little! But I'm certain that they are OK with me not making them little matching outfits for Easter any more ;) They still get new duds, and I still coordinate them, and they still look super-duper, if I do say so myself!
And now I put my shoulder to the wheel and get Easter 2012 underway...