I am grateful to be asked to participate, as I would not have stretched my creativity to make four complete outfits in one month. And yes, I’m glad to be able to start sewing for myself again because I am so tired of selfless sewing!
Of course, I would have loved to be able to share this Easter dress I made on the contest. But I would have made an Easter dress, regardless. Honestly, having your work held up to be judged is no picnic, Unless you win.But it was a good excuse to practice some high end sewing on this silk and lace fully lined Easter dress. The lining and is sewn in by hand. I love sewing linings by hand because I can use a fell stitch and it’s almost invisible. I’ve had all of the fabrics in my stash for a few years , so I was glad to use up some of them.
The top part is a lace from The Fabric Store underlined with an iridescent silk taffeta. The large sash and bow are made from the same silk taffeta. The skirt is silk charmeuse once used for a Circus Girl costume about five years ago. Don’t you love when you finally use some of your old remnants that have been lying around forever?The lining is a bright pink polyester crepe. I once bought it to make a girls dress but it felt a little too thin. It’s perfect for lining.
The pattern was made with help from The Building Block Dress Book. I shortened the bodice to create an empire waist and lengthened the A line skirt. I drafted a large sash and bow and used the directions in the book to create flutter sleeves. There is a keyhole placket in the back that closes with a pearl button.
The lace is underlined with the taffeta, but I left the hem hang free from the waist seam to create a lace overlay look. I like how the scallops look.
I have certainly gotten my money’s worth from the Building Block Dress Book.