Once upon a time, I had an idea. What if I made Easter dresses/outfits for my grandkids every year?
This was a great idea…..when I had only one grandchild. :)
Just kidding! I truly enjoyed sewing for all three grands. It just took a bit more time and planning and effort.
(As my friend Rebecca says–it may balloon to sweatshop-type work if/when all of my kids have children of their own.)
At least I started planning early. I got these 3 Oliver+s patterns during a 50% off Black Friday sale! Yay for 50% off!
I also had the advantage of Easter falling rather late this year–April 20.
But that really doesn’t help you, if you still procrastinate. Ah, well.
I got them done on time, in spite of myself, and even sent in the mail with time to spare!
For Adeline, I chose the Library Dress pattern. I had purchased this garden/veggie print fabric from Ikea a long time ago, knowing that Addie would love to have something made out of it. The veggies are so cute with their little faces.
For the contrasting waistband, I had “imagined” in my head a gingham-type print in blue, but not really a traditional gingham, more of a modern look to it…..
Lo and behold, I found what I was looking for at a (fabulously well stocked) local fabric store. A Lotta Jansdotter print! (Olavi in Blueberry in the Glimma line, for anyone who cares.) It was perfect.
And it would be just right for a vest for Townsend. Matching, but not too match-y.
The dress went together pretty well with few issues (there are always a few issues, but you know…that’s what seam rippers are for ;)).
The buttonholes were harder than usual; I had to use my Bernina machine with the old-timey way of making buttonholes, since my newer Baby Lock machine is acting funky again (the 0 and 1 buttons to push to do different stitches will not work :P). But I managed to make them work okay. Hopefully they won’t unravel until after Easter. :)
I do regret not putting a lining in the dress; the pattern did not call for one, and I didn’t realize until later that the fabric was a little more sheer than I thought. With the colorful pattern, however, it probably won’t be a problem. (Tights? Shorts? I’ll let her mother come up with a creative solution if it’s needed. :))
I used the Art Museum Vest and Trousers for T: the Jansdotter print for the front of the vest, and chambray fabric for the back of the vest and lining, and the pants. There was a lot of fiddly parts to these: the welt pockets, lining, regular pockets plus a welt pocket on the pants, a faux fly…..In retrospect, I probably should’ve just made the vest, and then a more simple pair of pants. But I was pretty proud of the welt pockets. Lined with chambray on the vest!
I had a bit of trouble understanding the directions on the waistband of the pants. I ended up doing them wrong; however, they will still fit/work on T. They just aren’t very pretty on the inside—lots of threads, etc. I think that in the future, when I don’t understand a direction, even though I have read and re-read the instructions, I need to take a break from the project. It seems like usually my mind can eventually figure it out. But I was feeling pressed for time, and forged on, when I should’ve taken a breather. Live and learn.
See what I mean? Liesl would be disappointed, no doubt.
(For a look at how the inside waistband should look, see Froo and Boo’s Art Museum Trousers. Ah. Perfection.)
Maybe the next time I make them….
I only put one welt pocket on the back (because seriously, how many welt pockets does a 6 month old need??)
Here’s the vest and pants together.
Ambrose’s pattern was a more simple one: the Playtime Dress and Tunic. I found this sweet fabric at the same quilt fabric store as the Jansdotter print; it is Potluck by American Jane Patterns; Sandy Klop for Moda. I made the sleeves short instead of long, since Rosie lives in Texas. One of the details that was really sweet is the contrasting thread used to make a faux collar of sorts. See the blue thread?
This post is Part one, because of course, you want to see the kids in their actual outfits, right?? As soon as I get photos from their mamas, I will post them, so you can see for yourself either a) what a great job I did, or b) the outfits don’t fit at all, or c) something in between. :)
I did get a preview text of when Rosie got her dress. She looks excited about that fabric!
And a preview of Townsend!
(He may want to reconsider his shirt choice. :))
Full photos of all three in Part 2!