Baby’s Easter Dress

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Vivian Rose’s white Easter dress with pink slip

UPDATE:  Finally I have a photo of Vivian Rose in her Easter dress.

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NOTE:  Please excuse the poor quality of these photos. They were taken midday, making it nearly impossible to get a shot without shadows.  The breeze was blowing and the dress kept moving.  And photography is not my strong suit.

Are you all busy with Easter sewing?  Busy, busy, busy has been the status around here for some time and it’s not been all about sewing.  With Aunt Rheeta’s visit,  Rebecca’s 3-day visit with Alastair and Vivian Rose,  and sleepovers with our other two grandchildren, progress on Easter outfits is way behind schedule.  But I loved every minute of these visits and have no regrets.

During that time, however, I did manage to make some progress on  Vivian Rose’s holiday finery and now that things have quieted down, I  have just finished her dress and slip.

 

dress no slip

dress without pink slip

The high yoke dress is made of white Swiss batiste (Nelona)  while the slip is made of pink Imperial.  Since I first saw Martha Pullen’s first heirloom sewing book which showed a white Heirloom Party Dress with a colored slip peeking through,  I have loved the look of subtle color.

When granddaughter Laurel was 6, her white batiste Easter dress featured a yellow slip, showing color just like lemon meringue pie.   Two years later, her white Judith Dobson Tea Dress was highlighted with a blue slip.

The fancyband includes squares of shadow work pink bows, cut from yardage of a Swiss handloom.

Alternating with lace insertion and fancy entredeux, the bows are the focus of the fancyband.

 

pink bows insert

 

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Matching pink bow edging serves as the yoke overlay.

 

pink bows edge

 

overlay

 

The beauty of these shadow work bows never fails to make me sigh.  In pink, blue and white, I’ve collected and then hoarded the yardage since I  first laid eyes on the bows.  If I never use them up, just handling and gazing at them have given me years and years of pleasure.

 

blue bows insert CR

 

I can’t help but wonder just how the authentic shadow work stitches were done.   A look at the back of the blue bows might make you wonder as well.

 

blue shadow wrong side

 

When I happened upon these pieces in my handloom stash my mind wandered back to the first bow dress I made which was for 5 year old Rebecca.

 

my 5 year old Rebecca

my 5 year old Rebecca

 

A second identical dress was made for 8 year old Joanna Pullen and a third, done in blue, was commissioned by a friend.

Mimicking this dress for Rebecca’s baby girl pleased me.   Vivian Rose is too small to carry all the details of the pattern so her dress is scaled down.  Her’s has a yoke overlay instead of fancyband, gathered edging at the hemline instead of   a flounce, binding at the sleeve instead of beading and wide, circular lace.

 

sleeve

The sleeves are bound with a layer of pink fabric beneath the white batiste to shadow through.  They were inserted with the same fancy entredeux as that used in the fancyband.

Working on the dress piecemeal fashion in every scarce free moment, I recalled Elizabeth Travis Johnson’s directive.  I needed to add something pretty to the back.  It lo0ked pretty plain.  But I thought of stitching a matching shadow work bow only after the lined yoke was attached to the skirt.

 

back bow

I simply scanned one of the bows, traced the outline then reduced it by 10% on my copier.   Working from the front of the fabric was a challenge as I tried to keep the stitches on the surface and between the two layers of batiste without penetrating the lining.  But the bow is small  and worked up quickly.

The pink slip was another project and will be detailed with some helpful hints in my next post.  Meanwhile, I’ll be back in the sewing room working outfits for  other grandchildren.

So how are your Easter projects coming along?

 

I love vintage cards.  Doesn't this little dress look like it's smocked?

I love vintage cards. Doesn’t this little dress look like it’s smocked?

14 responses to “Baby’s Easter Dress

  1. Janice, I can’t believe that you sewed that bow AFTER the lining was done!! You’re amazing! The dress is wonderful! The fancy band alone is a labor of love! I just love high yokes on babies. You WILL show us a modeled picture after Easter, right?!

  2. Jo, I’m glad you like the dress. I, too, am fond of high yokes on little ones. And I am so glad Rebecca wants the dresses short. An extremely active little girl like Vivian Rose would be likely to rip the fancyband away from the skirt if it were longer and in her way. Rebecca and family will be here for Easter so I will get lots of pictures then. How are you coming with your Easter sewing?

  3. Beautiful! Anxious to see the dress on the baby and the slip.

  4. from SewForum: Absolutely gorgeous!!! I enjoy seeing your beautiful creations and reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  5. from SewForum: So beautiful.

  6. from SewForum: Gorgeous!

  7. from SewForum: All of the above comments and then some. Awesome job !!!!!!!!

  8. from SewForum: Absolute masterpiece!

  9. from SewForum: So dainty and sweet. Just beautiful – in every detail.

  10. As usual, your work is exquisite. The look of white over pastel is gorgeous! I saw this post just after reading my email message that Sew Beautiful magazine is ceasing publication, so thank you for continuing to be a source of inspiration. You’re amazing!
    May you have a blessed Easter.

  11. Nancy, thank you for your sweet words. With Creative Needle, then AS&E and now Sew Beautiful shutting down, we are all going to have to look on-line for inspiration and education. We must also support our local shops so we can continue with hands-on education and easy access to supplies. In this special season, I wish you and all readers a blessed Easter, Nancy. Thank you for writing.

  12. Thanks, Judy. I can’t wait to see her in it either. I hope she will stand still long enough for me to snap a picture.

  13. I would love to have that pattern

  14. Ann, this was just a high yoke pattern, Sarah Howard Stone’s Basic Yoke, which I modified with the fancy band, yoke overlay and the bound sleeves. The details of the fancy band are from a pattern I designed for Martha Pullen, Rebecca’s Bow Dress, but it is out of print. If you want to make this, let me know and I will help you with the details.

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