Easter Outfits from my Past

Is there any more joyous occasion for sewing than Easter? It’s time to get started but instead of pulling out the lace and batiste, I find myself looking back at those confections from the past. For me, it’s not about seeking inspiration so much as it is about enjoying the memories all over again, like re-reading a very good book.

Among these outfits, there might be some inspiration for those of you who have not yet jumped into this special sewing season.

Who doesn’t love babies in daygowns?  And with a sweet big brother they are even more precious.



If daygowns interest you, details are posted here Happy Easter ’13.  This post details the daygown with fagotted lace and a hand embroidered front placket


The next year Big Brother Alastair wore this little suit.

Another hurry-up outfit, made for my grandson Alastair.

This hurry-up Easter suit  was made for my grandson Alastair.


It seems like I am always in a rush to get Easter outfits finished.  This one for Alastair was no exception.

Making this dress was pure joy.  I love the Swiss handloom and laces.

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Baby’s Easter Dress, made for Vivian Rose last year. It was a modification of a dress I made for her mother 31 years ago.


And I love this picture of her strolling through the grass.


Vivian Rose, 15 months old, Easter 2014

Vivian Rose, 15 months old, Easter 2014

One year my  two grandsons wore matching shorts and shirts with machine shadow work collars.  Robert’s featured sailboats while Alastair had a train.


sailboat easter suit

For our first grandchild’s first Easter, she was just crawling.  So she wore a bubble.


The baby bunny bubble was perfect for a fast-crawling baby.

The baby bunny bubble was perfect for a fast-crawling baby.


Eight years later she wore this dress for Easter and for her baptism.



Details and more photos are posted here.


There are many more, but the ones I’ve shown are probably more than you care to see at one time.  Still, I have to share one of my all-time favorites,  this peach Swiss batiste dress made for my own baby girl 30 years ago.



My own baby girl wore this peach Swiss batiste dress 31 years ago.


In the post I explain why the formerly peach satin ribbon is now yellow.  It all has to do with a black magic marker.

I’d love to hear about your Easter projects.  Send picture, okay?

Happy sewing!


13 responses to “Easter Outfits from my Past

  1. I just love seeing all the beautiful “Love” clothing you have made your daughter and grandchildren, Janice. You are an artist and an inspiration! That picture of Vivian Rose is precious. Love her sweet little bare feet on the green grass.

  2. Thanks, Karen. You know so well the joy of sewing with love for the children in your life. Your blog http://butterfliesandfaeries.blogspot.com/ has given me a lot of inspiration. Let’s keep on blogging and sewing!

  3. from Martha Pullen Forum: I just love the picture of your Vivian Rose strolling through the grass it really shows off her precious little gown

  4. from Martha Pulen Forum: You do such amazing work!! I love looking at your projects!!!

  5. from Sew Forum: Janice, how I love to peruse your website and see all the gloriously beautiful garments you have made. The shadow smocked dress is still one of my favorites. And I have drawer full of lace tape just waiting for an appearance on one of Miss Seeley’s dresses! Thank you for all the inspiration and education you have offered over the years. You are the BEST!!!!

  6. from Martha PullenForum: Thank you for sharing! Plenty of inspiration there. Just love the fancy band on the Easter dress.

  7. from Martha Pullen Forum:Your outfits are gorgeous!! What are your ideas for this Easter?? As cold as it is will Easter ever come. LOL

  8. from MArtha Pullen Forum: Thank you for sharing! I always love seeing your beautiful work and grandchildren.

  9. from MArtha Pullen Forum: Such beautiful work! Thank you for re-sharing, Janice! I know I’m looking for inspiration for this year’s Resurrection Day dress!

  10. from Martha Pullen Forum: What fabulous examples of your needlework! Gorgeous items

  11. from Martha Pullen Forum: Thank you Janice for sharing, those are such inspiring projects ! and so nice to see such lovely things for boys as well as girls.

  12. Hi,two years ago my daughter and son in law adopted a 13 year old girl from an orphange in ireland.She was never baptized as a baby so the daughter and son in law decided that since she had a new life and was starting over,they would baptize and christen her.They wanted her to be baptized as an infant so they talked to their priest and he agreed to baptize her as an infant thru the infant baptism program.They wanted the traditional white baptism gown and bonnet for her,so they me a photo of an infant size gown and bonnet and all of her measurements and i made the same gown and bonnet in her size.They decided that she would wear a cloth diaper and rubberpants under the gown with a tee shirt,so i sewed a package of baby diapers together to make her baptismal diaper.they got white adult size rubberpants from a website and then white tights to go over the diaper and rubberpants.she wore the white mary jane shoes with the outfit.she looked very pure and infant like in her outfit and i was happy to have made her gown and bonnet.

  13. Oh, Betty! What a story and what a labor of love for you to have made that gown and bonnet for your new granddaughter. It must have been very meaningful for her to have begun her new life with such a special baptism. I hope she has adjusted well and is growing in her Christian faith. Thanks for sharing this.

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