In case you're wondering where I've been, I've been sewing.
Tomorrow, my family will be blessed to have another little girl sealed to us. When I say us, I mean my cousins. But when you're an only child, extended family takes on a whole new meaning.
My cousin Jen and her husband recently adopted a little girl, and tomorrow there will be a special temple ceremony where she'll become part of the family forever. The occasion demands a little white dress, and I was lucky enough to make it. (Jen was also kind enough to let me make her brother's outfit a few years ago when it was his turn.)
I swear that I ironed the dress before photographing it. Really.
Welcome to the family, Becca!
The skirt is so sheer that it needed a slip. It would have been much fancier than this, but my class got a little too demanding last week. Instead, I sewed a skirt to an undershirt and called it good.
This was one project where I didn't try for perfection. I just tried for love. That machine-sewn madeira hem isn't great, but it's pretty enough. In daylight, there are about four different whites between all of the fabrics. Let's not mention the part of the bodice lining that was slashed when trimming a seam, and just give thanks for fraycheck... I'm not trying to point out the flaws. I'm just happy that I was able to let go and enjoy making it, even if it wasn't going to be perfect.
Because Becca will outshine any dress.
Details: The pattern is the bodice dress from Collars Etc., chosen because I love the little sleeves - not too puffed, just sweet; sheer swiss batiste from bessiemary; hemstitched/striped batiste from my stash; and Kaufman's silk radiance cotton/silk blend from fabric.com for the sash and binding.
The kind women from the delphi heirloom sewing forum helped immensely on this project. One sent me a scan of an embroidery pattern that inspired the scallops and roses; another posted a tutorial on madeira hems that held my hand every step.