Wednesday, March 19, 2014

pretty Perfect

A little reckless abandon, a little luck and lots of pretty fabric...

 a dress for Aria

You know, sewing a girl's dress isn't so hard, really?  Really it's not.  I think each time I've finished one in the last year or so, I'm surprised at the ease with which it comes together, compared to a quilt.  I mean, I actually sewed this all in one day!

Nouveau Dress

I get so psyched out about doing something different.  So silly.  (Note, I still reserve the right to be terrified of sewing for my womanly curves).  I say this in hopes of encouraging other quilter-y types to take up the garment sewing gauntlet.  You can do it too!

Nouveau Dress

Inspired by this dress, I lengthened the Geranium dress bodice and combined it with a full, gathered skirt.  The Comma Period and Nouveau Bouquet fabrics were pieced with French seams before cut as pattern pieces.  No, I did not fussy cut the floral fabric, though that would have been a good idea on the bodice.  Maybe next time.  I still love how it came out!  It hits at her calf, since Aria prefers long dresses.

rescued buttons

On the back I used these old black pearled buttons that my mom cut off of some garment.  They're the cherry on top of a vintage-pretty look.

Last week, when Aria unwrapped the Nouveau Bouquet fabric from Sew Love Fabrics, she gleefully crooned, "Is this for my Easter dress?"  I was a little lost for words because I'm actually planning a few mama-made dresses for her this year, a bounty to which she is decidedly unfamiliar.  I guess I'm a little chicken to tell her my plans in case things don't quite pan out. 

Eventually I said it could be and asked "Does that mean you'll save it to wear on Easter?"

To which she replied, "Oh, NO, I'll wear it on Sunday if it's ready!"  So sweet.

Nouveau Dress

Somehow Aria has learned to love handmade dresses even more as she's grown older.  Because she's Awesome.  Turns out she'll wear this dress for the first time on her baptism Sunday this month.  Unplanned, but just about perfect!

25 comments:

  1. I love how it turned out. You did a great job.

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  2. It is perfect and so so lovely! I may just try this too for my girls! Thank you, as usual, for the inspiration!

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  3. She looks beautiful, Rachel. You know, having started with garment sewing, I feel that same ridiculous fear about quilting : ). Did you complete the dress with your Juki or pull out your old machine for button holes/finishing?

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    1. Yes, I used my first sewing machine - a non-computerized Kenmore - for the buttonholes and some zigzag seam finishing. I pull the same one out to zigzag my quilt bindings too! Having 2 machines is worthwhile since both are excellent at their jobs and I do sew a lot =)

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  4. so so darling! love the combo of floral and dots!!

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  5. she looks wonderful! Many blessings on her baptism xx

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  6. You did a wonderful job! For the record, sewing for womanly curves really isn't that hard. You have skill, my dear, and will do fine! Besides, Mama/daughter dresses are SO worth it!!

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  7. A beautiful dress for a beautiful girl :)

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  8. it is often the small details, like special buttons, that end up being my favorite part. Beautiful dress and so perfect for Aria's special day!

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  9. It turned out SO PRETTY! Well done! It's funny - I sew mostly garments, and I get intimidated by quilting! So it goes both ways!

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    1. Yes, I believe it! We all get intimidated by the new and unknown. And then we're so glad when we try!

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  10. So pretty! I love the sweet fabric combo. I'm also a little terrified of garment sewing for myself, but I'm starting to make baby clothes for my niece to get my feet wet. At least through quilting I'm already comfortable with accurate seams and cutting carefully. Now fit may be a whole other beast... ;)

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  11. It came out beautifully and Aria looks wonderful in it.

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  12. She looks beautiful! Pat on the back Mum :)

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  13. I started out garment sewing and did that for ages until I stumbled into a quilt store one rainy afternoon. I haven't made anything other than quilts in quite a long time. Your daughter's dress is sweet.

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  14. That turned out just delightful! I like how you lined up the print on the bodice - pulls the eye right up to your daughter's beaning face : ) Hope she enjoys this and all the dresses to come!

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  15. So very pretty. You did a lovely job. Blessings on her as she is baptized

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  16. Lovely dress, and so is the girl. :) My passion in sewing is little girls' dresses and no, they aren't nearly as hard as some people might think. :)

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  17. So pretty! Maybe I'll make my girls their Easter dresses this year. I feel inspired!

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  18. Oh Rachel it's just beautiful. You have such an eye for colour combinations. I also quilt and make cushions/bags/curtains/etc but have not dared sew clothes yet (other than quickly made costumes for my boys). It's just the thought of having a whole load more learning to do! Oh but if I could have a skirt like that...

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  19. A beautiful dress for a beautiful daughter! You did a super job. I love the fabric combination and Aria wears those shades of pink so well. She's lucky to have such a talented mom :)

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  20. How WONDERFUL! Great fabric choices and amazing fit - it doesn't look handmade at all. (Hopefully that sounds exactly as complimentary as it does in my head!)

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  21. LOVELY girl's dress, indeed, Rachel . . . sewing a bright orange & hot pink floral design fabric & tiny black polka dots for the yoke & wide portion at the hemline. Those dark buttons up the back add to your creativity of this FAB dress. Sarah Helene, Minneapolis

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