Our family doesn't really need Easter outfits. Our Easter celebrations aren't typically more formal that a slightly-more-fancy-than-usual brunch. But my childhood memories of Easter involve new, either store-bought or hand sewn, outfits for church. And I just can't help but want to sew dresses at this time of year. So, I made this dress for Ellie, inspired by Sew-vivor's emerald challenge and this dress from Garnet Hill Kids.
The dress isn't perfect, but I'm really proud of it for several reasons. First, I drafted the pattern myself, from scratch. I made two muslins of the bodice before I finally got it right. Second, it has an invisible zipper. I've sewn them in before, but always from a pattern. The thing about invisible zippers is you have to sew them in last, when you're sewing the seam, and that makes me nervous. Fortunately, after reading this tutorial and this one for encouragement, I did it... and it worked! Finally, my daughter adores it, and I love that it fits her personality. It's bold, yet elegant; pretty without being too girly; and a bit unexpected.
Of course I had to make a matching tie for Henry, which he pretended not to like, but I think he actually did. I used this tutorial from Very Homemade for the tie, but lengthened it to fit a nine year old.
If I make this dress again, I'll definitely buy more fabric for the skirt so I can add more gathers and make it even fuller. Also, I had planned to add some appliqued embelishment to the skirt, but ran out of time. I'd like to do that next time. But my goofball daughter likes this version, and enjoyed modeling it for you. Can you tell?