Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pink Seeds

So pleased to meet you, miss Pink Seeds.

pleased to meet you

She's Aria's new Easter Dress, my second run with the Marissa dress pattern from Sis Boom.  Happily, it's an easy sew.  This time I made the size 5/6 dress (same as last year) but did not take in the waist and lengthened the skirt.  It fits with room at the waist and obviously lots of length, so this one should last us some time!  Hurrah.

pink seeds Easter Dress

Yes, the skirt turned out quite different than my original plan.  I fell in love with that striped fabric for the waistband and decided to take Cathy's suggestion (from the comments here) to simply do a patchwork skirt band.  More room to use the pink seeds that way too! 

FMF with Peacock Lane

All of these prints are Peacock Lane by Violet Craft, except for the simple pink stripe which is from Lecien.  Can you believe how Peacock Lane blends flawlessly with the Flea Market Fancy pink seeds?  What a lucky find in my stash!  Unfortunately, this collection is discontinued, but I did find the brown floral print at Fabricworm and the pink/brown stripe at Fat Quarter Shop (on sale!).  Flea Market Fancy pink seeds are still in stock at Fabricworm and Swell Cloth.

watch out for Liam!

Watch Out for Liam monster!

Sis Boom Marissa dress pattern

Where were we?  Just like last time, I also strayed from the pattern to bring the front waistband around to the back.  It's a pet peeve of mine that waistbands complete, a preference I learned from being a maternity clothing buyer.  The back's important too!

pink seeds Easter Dress

I do love how this bodice is designed though.  So elegant and oh-so-very comfortable with elasticized gathers at the top front and back.  It fits so well!

freckles

Freckles.

my littles

Sillies.  Clearly a dress for good times.

the little mama

After our photo shoot she wanted to wear it awhile inside.  Today she's industriously rolling yarn into balls while watching over her very well-loved kittie.  "Isn't it neat, mom, how I made a quilt for Susan and you made a quilt for me?"

Only the very neatest thing in the whole world, really.  Wishing you all a very "neat" day.

41 comments:

  1. Very cute! I made my daughter a dress in that pattern last year out of bright yellow fabric with little white polka dots. She still LOVES it! Such a fun pattern.

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  2. It is the neatest thing in the world! When my daughter comes to me and says, "let's do fabric!" it makes me beyond happy:). love the dress!

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  3. Nice work Rach! That neckline is so sweet, as is the girl.

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  4. Really cute Rachel, the dress and your little ones! And do I see a peek of a quilt on the floor in the last picture? :) It's looking pretty too!

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    1. Ha, I was wondering if someone might notice. Yes, I just finished it today. Need to get it photographed =)

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  5. She is going to be the belle of the Easter ball!

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  6. I love how it turned out! I think the changes you made were perfect. And I must say, I love that last photo of her kitty snuggled up under a tiny quilt in a doll bed. :) Sooooo cute!

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  7. Lol, what a pampered kitty! The dress looks fab though :o)

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  8. Very nice. Love how the patchwork looks, especially the dark background with the floral--really works nicely with all the lighter blocks. Yay for a waistband that goes all the way around.

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  9. Hysterical! That makes me want to get a baby doll crib for my kitty. The dress turned out beautifully.

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  10. I love the dress!! And precious kiddos!! Love a girl with freckles :o)

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  11. Beautiful dress and the addition of the patchwork band looks great. Did she really make the kitty quilt, how clever :)

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    1. Yes, she did make it! http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/08/our-quilts.html I'm proud of her, of course.

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  12. The pink seeds is so cute. My granddaughter would look great in the pink fabric. She is a pink and purple kind of 3 year old.

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  13. I have three little girls and I am *pink* with envy for this dress!

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    1. It really wasn't too hard to make. Of course, I didn't have to make THREE!

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  14. Seriously, this dress is adorable. I don't even like pink, and I love this dress. The stripes on the waistband are so much fun, and the patchwork looks lovely! Also, I love that Susan is all tucked under her quilt. That pic brings me back to treating kitties like dolls at my grandparents house. So much fun.

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    1. Kitty babies are the best baby dolls! I had several that would even take a bottle. "Well loved" is right.

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  15. Such a sweet post filled with happiness :) The pink seeds dress turned out beautifully! I love the waistband the very best!!

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  16. The dress turned out gorgeous, now I'm feeling quilty for not making Scarlett an easter dress! I do love this pattern although for our harsh Aussie sun my little one needs something to cover her fair shoulders.

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  17. I love it! It turned out so well, you have a real eye for design Rachel. Which is why you get invited to make such cool stuff, like the previous post! (yes, I'm still drooling!) Kitty in the quilt is so cute. Wow your kids are growing!!

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  18. What a cutie! That dress is pretty swell too.

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  19. Such a darling girl in a totally darling dress - great work :)

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  20. The dress is gorgeous!!! Love the pattern and the fabrics! =D

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  21. The dress and Aria are both beautiful. Great job, Rachel. I'm considering shopping our closets for Easter this year unless Saturday becomes a really productive sewing day around here! ;)

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  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress! I've been thinking about making this pattern for one of my girls, does the sizing run a bit big?

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    1. Well, Aria is 7 and the 5/6 is perfect for her. The nice thing is that the pattern helps you choose the length of the skirt based on exactly where you want it to hit, so that's easy. When choosing a size, you're only choosing the bodice. Aria is thin. I found that following the measurements guide in the pattern was a very accurate way of choosing which size to make.

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  23. Awwww, its gorgeous! Aria looks fabulous.

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  24. I agree, I love the patchwork band around the bottom! Beautiful!

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  25. Defienetly neatest thing ever :)

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  26. Beautiful dress, I love the touch of patchwork on the bottom. Love the well behaved kitty in the last photo too. Our cats would never have stood for that, they would've run away! Your daughter must be a cat whisperer!

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  27. What a great dress, and such great kiddos. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I really love that dress. So sweet.

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  29. That's a really beautiful dress: I like the continuity of the pink seeds in the top and the skirt. Makes me wish sewing dresses for adults were as simple!

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  30. This is adorable! and I love the patchwork strip too. :-)

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  31. That is such a pretty dress and looks gorgeous on.

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  32. I do love the pieced band at the bottom! It really adds a great touch.

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  33. They Easter dress is fabulous!!! After a lifetime of sewing eldest son has gifted me with GRAND DAUGHTERS!!! A HUGE deal as the mother of 3 sons.I will be using those shoulder straps,probably that entire bodice more than once or twice. I see an adorable,quick little summer top in the near future! In fact I love the band around the skirt so much I see it moving up to the hem area of the aforementioned cute little top.She's a huge pocket fan too and Grandma does aim to please!! If Miss pretty-in-pink would like to earn some college fund money I have an entire tote of yarn that could use a good "balling up"!!Great column,I'll be back. Looking for where to subscribe

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