In desperation, I’ve tabled all my to-do’s and should-do’s then surrendered to MUST-do, which is sewing. Not only is Easter just around the corner, but also I am in serious need of a powerful sewing fix. So I’ve retreated to my textile cave, AKA Sewing Machine Garage and Stash Storage Facility, for needle and thread therapy. If ever I were to fall seriously ill, I’m pretty sure an heirloom sewing session would cure me.
Laurel is first in line for Easter finery. Handling Swiss batiste, heirloom laces and stitching embroidery does for me what baby cord and Imperial broadcloth cannot. Those items, by the way, are the components of the grandsons’ outfits that I have planned.
Since Judith Dobson’s Tea Dress appeared on the back cover of Sew Beautiful in the January 1989 issue, I’ve wanted to make this beauty. At the time, my Rebecca was already 14 years old so I knew that making the Tea Dress was not a project I would take on in the foreseeable future.
Now that my precious granddaughter Laurel is nearly 7, the Tea Dress seems like a perfect transition between little girl high yokes and big girl waisted frocks. The design and lines just seem a little more sophisticated to me. Nonetheless, this confection would sweet on girls of any age–but not 14. Continue reading