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Easter Crafting

I think every single year I swear I am not going to make Easter dresses. Then I do anyway. Just part of the Easter tradition, I guess. At least until the girls get old enough to start complaining.
Easter Dresses and Cardigans
It all started innocently enough. A friend said on Facebook she was thinking about making her girls pinafores and white dresses. I am a sucker for white cotton eyelet lace. So very girly and old-fashioned and sweet. Well, I started obsessing. Next thing you know, I'm headed to the crafty store.
Eyelet Lace
Easter Dress Sashes
I love the fabric I found for the sashes. Perfect.
Easter Dresses

And I saw this post and was determined to make cardigans.
Anna's Easter Cardigan
Eloise Cardigan

It's pretty much amazing that these are done. I finished the second cardigan yesterday afternoon and the second dress at about 10:30 last night. If it hadn't been for my quilt guild's sewing night, I don't think I would have been able to. I get so much more done when I'm not being interrupted every ten minutes.

The details-
More info on Ellery's cardigan here.
There is not pattern for Anna's cardigan. I just made it up as I went along. But, I did have a lot of help from here. I found the stitch pattern in an old knitting book.
The dresses start out as this pattern. The bodice is the same. But, I did a straight skirt rather than the bubble skirt and added a much wider fabric sash. I also added a lining since eyelet cotton is so see-through. These are the fourth and fifth dresses I have made using this modified pattern. I pretty much love it.
Easter Dresses and Cardigans
I think the two months knitting and one week sewing were definitely worth it! I love how it all turned out.

I don't think I'm done Easter crafting, though. We had a big regional meeting (stake conference) today instead of regular old church, so there wasn't a chance to really show off Easter clothes. So, I have until next week to sew something for Samuel. I'm thinking a dapper vest. Of course, Brendan wants a vest, too. And, if everyone else has something, I might as well make myself a simple skirt as well. Maybe.

Comments

Jennifer said…
The dresses are beautiful =)
veryterry said…
The sweaters and dresses turned out so lovely! Sorry I missed your call and sewing night yesterday. We went on a spontaneous fishing outing with Ryan and didn't get back until almost 9pm. Didn't catch any fish but made up for it with all the mud we brought home. :)
balloongal said…
I LOVE the dresses. Your girls are soooo cute.

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