Easter Sewing and New Pattern

I have been busy for the last few months making Easter dresses from my new pattern which I have called “Juliette”.  Why not make samples and get Easter dresses sewn at the same time!  I delivered the dresses to the little girls yesterday – in the nick of time!!!  Of course, I had to have pictures for the pattern before they were delivered and worn for Easter.  Only Eva was available to model, so she is my cover girl.  LOL!  I hope to have pictures of both Eva and Livvy wearing the dresses on Easter Sunday.


I love this dress!!!  When I saw the vintage pattern picture, I envisioned the dress as an heirloom dress.  Of course, I had to wait until I had time to create the pattern and stitch up some samples.

I decided to change up the neckline a bit.  I didn’t think that the boatneck with ribbon ties was the most practical.  However, I love the overall silhouette of the dress and the scalloped hem is precious!  The straight sleeve looks sweet on, though a bit odd on the mannequin.

I love every view and sleeve option of this dress.  The gathered flutter sleeve is very traditional and heirloom looking and would be perfect for a portrait dress.

I had to do some hand embroidery on one of the dresses.  While I didn’t include the embroidery design in the pattern, there are ample options for embroidery designs available in books and even online (free) from vintage sketches.

When I had Eva try on the first dress, she didn’t like it.  LOL!  So, I let her choose some laces and made her dress with the pink bow lace that she chose for her dress.  I love the Swiss lace style dress as well.  The hem is straight, so a quicker one to make.

Being the practical person that I am, I made the slip from Imperial batiste so that it will not require ironing like the dress will.  That way, the slip could be worn to a photo shoot and the dress put on after arriving.  This keeps the dress pristine and unwrinkled.

I can’t wait to see the little girls wearing their beautiful dresses on Sunday!!!  I have had such fun creating this pattern and sewing these dresses.  I love using up some of the special laces in my stash for these dresses!  Does that make them free?  LOL!

If you are interested in making this dress, the pattern can be found in my Etsy shop.  I hope that I will be seeing some beautiful versions of this dress for beach portrait pictures this summer!!!

I hope everyone has a blessed Easter!


12 thoughts on “Easter Sewing and New Pattern

  1. JerryR

    Kathy, this dress is beautiful in each of the three iterations! I am one of the lucky ones who got to see all three of them among your sample garments at class in Baton Rouge. I can’t pick a favorite, so that means I may need to make all three! LOVE your beautiful work!!

  2. Hettie Lynn

    Love these dresses, Kathy, and already thinking of making one for Rebecca. After drooling over them in person when our French Handsewers were fortunate to have you teach a class for us I knew it would be on my sewing list.

  3. Denise Wilson

    Beautiful dresses! I love the sweet variations on a theme. Eva is a natural; so precious!
    You always give such inspiration and encouragement through your designs.
    I appreciate how you give us a peek at the process (good or bad). It makes the finished piece more special.
    Have a blessed Easter.

  4. Kay B

    Kathy this dress is beautiful. Since my husband is not going to be able to go back to work I’m not suppose to be buying, but a girl has to have beautiful patterns. This is a new favorite.


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