Easter Outfits by Judy Day~~Going with the Flow

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Many of you have been there—that place in time where your idea of what your child or grandchild should wear differs from that child’s opinion.  Selecting fabric, pattern, smocking design, etc. is so easy when  they are little, but as they develop their own personal taste you have to go with the flow.

 

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Judy Day has done just that with fabulous results for her 9 year old granddaughters. Judy has always made holiday outfits in groups of 4, one for each girl and one for  each girl’s doll.   But this year, she recognized and acknowledged her girls’ growing sense of individual style.  Well, at least their different color choices.

Here is Judy’s story about the Easter outfits.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I had visions of smocked silk dupioni dancing in my head for Easter this year.  Pink for Courtney and lilac for Kennedy.  Their mothers wanted something more casual.  So I decided on a smocked sun dresses.

 

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The pattern is KELLY  from Trisha’s Treasures by Trisha Smith.
www.TrishasDesigns.com.    The pattern is sized 1-6 and 7-12.  This pattern has 2 options for the ties.  I chose to criss-cross the ties over the back and then run them through guides stitched at the waist and tied in a bow.  This keeps the back of the sundress from dipping at the center from the weight of the skirt.

I dug around and found smocked inserts that I had done for the girls about 4 years ago and never used.  The smocking design is from Karen Faylor’s Venice; Sew Beautiful Issue 113–2007.

 

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With nothing in my stash that I  wanted to use and no time to order fabric, I  headed to JoAnn’s.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the perfect multi-color fabric.

The fabric is Lisette  by Liesl & Co.  It is cotton sateen and the hand is luscious!  I had not seen this line at JoAnn’s before, but apparently they had it last year also.  I bought all they had and was a yard short of what the pattern called for to make 2 dresses.

After measuring and folding and re-measuring,  I was able to cut both dresses with nothing left over after cutting the bias pieces.

The pattern directions are well written and easy to follow with pictures and side tips included.  I did adapt the waist line to incorporate bias piping instead of a wide band. The woven ribbon personalized each dress for the girls with “their” color!

 

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I was disappointed that there would be no doll dresses this year.  However, on my trip to Fl to “babysit,” I found more fabric at the JoAnn’s there!  So the dolls got matching dresses.

 

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The doll dress pattern is an adaptaion of the Birthday Party Trio pattern from  Joan Hinds 30-Minute Doll Clothes; Sewing with Nancy.  The smocked bodice for the doll dress was created from the arm hole cutout of the girls smocked bodice by whipping the straight sides of the smocking pieces together and adding more fabric on the sides…..can’t waste any smocking!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The dresses are lovely, Judy.  All FOUR of them and the headbands!  I especially love the use of the armhole cutout for the dolls’ smocked insert!

7 responses to “Easter Outfits by Judy Day~~Going with the Flow

  1. Omigosh, Judy! That was SO clever to use the armhole cutouts!! If there is a seam in the middle of that smocking, I can’t see it! The dresses, all four of them, are lovely! Kudos to you for “going with the flow!”

  2. I had to smile when I read that you just happened to have these smocked inserts lying in your stash! Would that I were ever so lucky! Especially to have them work as well as you have used them. Not a thing goes to waste…..even the armhole cutouts are used! Clever!!!! Love the outfits……Job well done Judy!

  3. This is a great post! Love the casual dresses that Judy made, per the girls’ request. Rachel here says, “Oh that is cute!” I understand “going with the flow”. One of my favorite things is making what my girls “like” and seeing how different their taste is, each one. Great job!

  4. Judy’s dresses are lovely! I love the bold floral print with the pretty ribbon-woven smocking. How clever to use the cut out sections for the dolls dresses! I bet the girls get lots of wear out of these dresses!

  5. Thanks for the compliments everyone! Yes, it was wonderful finding inserts already smocked. I really like this pattern as it will “grow” with the girls.

  6. My! My! What such beautiful creation. Your creation look much prettier than the one in the pattern! I love all your work!

  7. Thanks, Rochelle. This dress will really look its best when Laurel wears it.

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