Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Parade



Happy Easter Sunday. Many blessings to you and yours. Easter Sunday is kind of quiet for us. No one but my husband and I home and no plans on deck. I'm okay with it. Would love to have all the kids home but sometimes quiet is good too.

Big changes will appear here in the next few days. New design coming your way. I'm really excited about it.

Ok, on to what you came here for. Don't these pastels just scream Easter Parade?

Swiss Voile from Farmhouse Fabrics

I found this Swiss Voile windowpane check when I was at Sewing At the Beach in January.  Farmhouse Fabrics had a booth there. I spotted this fabric and loved it. I had to tote it around, put it back, come back to it and finally took the plunge. I love the color, the windowpane check, love everything about it. I will admit it was pricey. But once again, for these little ones it only takes a tad over a yard. I wasn't making a prom dress with five yards. All that aside, I love it.  Brother's is from Imperial broadcloth and pique also from Farmhouse. The color isn't an exact match but a nice compliment.


Brother's is made from Imperial broadcloth and pique also from Farmhouse. The color isn't an exact match but a nice compliment. Nugget is almost three so it was time for a sailor outfit.


For the shirt, I used Children's Corner Basics for Boys I. Since it wasn't going to be a button on I lengthened the shirt. The shorts are once again Children's Corner Parker's Pants. If you do not have this pattern I suggest you get it. I have used it to death and while my daughter was home she cut out 8 pairs of shorts for her two kids.


I love the pique stripes on the shirt. I may have to do a tutorial on how I did that.


I used one of these and lots of starch. I recently told a friend that I use almost as much starch as I do thread.


Little Girl's dress from the Swiss voile, with a satin batiste collar. That pink shadow underneath is the slip.

Grammie's Attic

The slip is a happy accident. I had purchased a pink and a white slip from Grammie's Attic to go under LG's birthday dress. Momma didn't like the petticoat slip under the bishop. I felt this dress just had to have it or it would hang kind of limply from so much fullness. I had intended to use the white one but could not lay my hands on it. That left the pink. Slipped it under there and loved it. I love that little shadow of pink that shows through the aqualine colored voile. It is a very sheer fabric and has to have a slip under it.

Children's Corner

I used Children's Corner Bessie for her dress. A first time for me. Love it.


The satin batiste collar is trimmed with entredeux and tatting. I smocked the dress with rayon floss. Must have had a weak moment of madness there. I love the little bit of shine again the texture of the fabric, so I used the same floss for the collar embroidery. In retrospect I should have shifted those side bouguets forward a smidge. Something I didn't realize until the collar was on.


More antique mother of pearl buttons from The Old Fashioned Baby. In this photo they look more yellow than they are in person.


Doesn't this sleeve just make you want to squee? I love tiny puffed sleeves on little ones. I had intended to pipe the sleeve band but forgot. Either way, I love this tiny sleeve.


They will be just as sweet from behind as they walk sweetly into church. (I know, who are we kidding?) I don't often smock the back of a garment but just felt compelled this time.




Momma sent quick phone pics from this morning. Too sweet.


I truly hope you and your loved ones had a blessed Easter holiday. Have a bite of a chocolate bunny to celebrate.

29 comments:

  1. Love everything about the Easter ensembles!! Have a happy and restful day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, we certainly did.

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  2. Would LOVE a tutorial on the pique stripes!

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  3. Even better on those precious Grands !!

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    1. Google went crazy on you! :)

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    2. Everytime I tried to delete it added another one LOL

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  4. Those outfits are so adorable! I love the aqua color, and the two outfits go so well together. Just gorgeous.

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    1. hanks, it was the aqua color that drew me to that voile. And I can thank Farmhouse for choosing the pique. They sent it to me sight unseen.

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  5. Bessie is a real cute pattern! Your choice of fabric and the pink slip are just perfect!

    Question for you: I'm smocking again now that I have a granddaughter. Why do my pleats end up listing to one side after I've smocked a couple of rows? I'm doing my best to put my needle through the pleat straight. Am I not starching my pleats heavily enough?

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    1. Ginny, I'm not sure why you are having trouble with your pleats leaning. I too have that problem sometimes. If I block it correctly when I am finished, I can usually get them to straighten back up.

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  6. Absolutely love the dress on your Granddaughter!! I think it was worth it to smock the back. It is stunning.

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    1. Thank you. I do love it on her.

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  7. That is yummy fabric. I have it in white, waiting for the perfect project! Love that you smocked the back of Bessie, but no wonder you were sewing until the last moment! Growing too quickly, but so adorable in their Easter finery!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. You are a sewing and heirloom machine !!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I don't know about machine, but driven by deadlines for sure!

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  9. Just made me catch my breath to see your exquisite Easter sewing! I thought it delightful that you smocked the back of the dress. Your work is so inspiring, makes my fingers itch to smock something!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you will smock something soon.

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  10. That sweet little dress is to die for! Love the way the slip makes it poof out a bit. And you certainly can't beat a sailor outfit. Love, love, love!

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    1. I love the slip as well. She looks like a little bell to me.

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  11. I love the little dress so much I can hardly stand it! And the little sailor outfit is so precious. Beautiful, beautiful!

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  12. I just now found these and am absolutely in love. Everything about them, especially on these adorable grands, screams love. Got to get some of this fabric and would love to find this smocking plate.

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    1. Kay, the sorry I am just seeing your comment. The smocking plate is Cary Anne by Ellen McCarn

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  13. I just now found these and am absolutely in love. Everything about them, especially on these adorable grands, screams love. Got to get some of this fabric and would love to find this smocking plate.

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  14. what is the smocking pattern you used?

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  15. love this dress! what is the smocking pattern that you used?

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    1. Thank you. The dress pattern is Bessie by CHildren's Corner and the smocking plate is Cary Anne by Ellen McCarn.

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