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Sheer Baby Dress...Almost Done!


A little while ago, I started on my first baby dress using Sarah Jane's pattern. The fabric is this gorgeous sheer cotton I found at an heirloom sewing store up in Lewisville, TX -- there was only about 1.5 yds left, so I took it and am being as conservative as I can with it, while still trying to ad some frills since this will be Baby's only real "fancy schmancy" dress. (Even though we don't believe in christening babies, I still wanted something fancy like a christening gown might be.) The sheerness of it really makes the tucks stand out. I did a deep hem (about 3.5") and a half hemstitch at the top of that, then added three 3/8" tucks above it. I was going to add more, but somehow it looked good as it was.

I've finished the sleeves, and now all I have left to do is gather the neckline and waist, bind the neck edge, add waistband, and then buttons and buttonholes! But that's just for the construction. I think I might add some embroidery on the waistband and sleeve bands (and maybe the neck edge), and I may be unable to resist some fine lace edging on the sleeves and neck. An original I saw had that, and it was just SO pretty.

Then, if I have some fabric left over (and I think I will!), I'll make a little bonnet to match. Of course, I may have to copy that little bonnet Sarah's just made -- with the little ruffle on the edge. Too cute!!

More to come! Hopefully I'll get this dress fully constructed by the end of Memorial Day weekend! Speaking of holidays -- I hope everyone has a lovely, relaxing, enjoyable weekend! Until next time...

6 comments:

Mrs. G said...

I love the dress Amy and a matching bonnet would be just the thing! Your heirloom sewing skills are really enviable..... ;-)

Paris

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

I can tell it will be wonderful!

lissawi said...

Its looking lovely, Amy! I can't wait to see the bonnet!

Zebu said...

Lovely sewing, Amy. I'm excited to see the finished project!

Sarah Jane said...

Oh Amy, what a breathtaking little gown! Despite it's beauty, though, I think the one thing that will make it just TOO lovely is your sweet baby wearing it!

What kind of hand stitches do you use and how/where did you learn them? :) I wish I could sew that beautifully!

Zebu said...

Amy,

I have given you a pass-along blog award. Come by my blog to pick it up!

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