With my set of 3 dresses completed, I was ready to move on and create something different. I have a plethora of pretty patterns, but seem to always go back to the same ones. This time, I chose something different! Of course, it goes so well with my current fixation with scallops!!!
After reorganizing all of my fabrics and putting them on shelves rather than in totes (which were very heavy to pull out of the closet), I found many fabrics that I’d forgotten about. This was one of them – a poly/cotton basket weave piqué. Perfect for summer. Moms will appreciate the fact that it requires no ironing!!!
I decided to use Wendy Schoen‘s “Hannah” pattern. This is such a timeless, classic design! I believe that the pattern is out of print, but perhaps she could be convinced to bring it back as a digital pattern! If you aren’t familiar with Wendy, you are probably new to heirloom sewing. Wendy’s designs and talent was a regular feature of Sew Beautiful magazine for all of the years that it was in production. Now her designs can be seen in some of the Classic Sewing magazines! She is a prolific designer and extremely talented!!! She is someone who I have always admired and hope to be half as talented as she is!
Because I didn’t plan to make the jacket that goes with the dress, I felt that the bodice needed some detail on it. I added pin tucks and embroidery to the bodice and then also piped around the neckline and sleeves, which required a different sewing order than what was suggested in the pattern.
Wendy’s patterns have wonderful instructions and lots of detail – it was delightful to work with her pattern and I believe that the fit will also be just right!
The back is as cute as the front with the cutout design!!! I love this! I can’t wait to see this on Ella!
I also strayed from the pattern a bit and chose to line the skirt so that a slip wouldn’t be necessary. I think that was a good choice given the back cut out and the lack of slips available these days.
Wendy does gorgeous hand embroidery, including pin stitching! I chose to machine pin stitch the hem and didn’t do any of the other embroidery at the hem. I’ve included a picture of the stitching at the hem, only to show that it IS possible to pin stitch on poly/cotton. Obviously, natural fibers are much prettier for this type of work, but I’m pleased with the results and feel that this is just enough for the dress I’ve made.
This is the perfect dress for Ella, who is now 9 years old. The pattern starts at a size 7. This is definitely something to add to your pattern collection if you can! The older girls will love it!
Now, what to make next……..