My First Handmade Dress
I seriously LOVE looking at little girls in beautiful hand crafted dresses. One of my all time favorite companies is Olive Mae. Not only are the dresses handmade, they are gorgeous! Evelyn grows so quickly, I have a really hard time paying that amount of money for a new dress. Honestly, most of her clothes are from the consignment store Once Upon A Child.
So, instead of buying a dress, I set out to make my own. After searching Pinterest for some inspirations I set to Etsy to order some fabric and a beginner pattern.
I bought this pattern back before Easter…I know, I know….Anyway I landed on the Josie Pattern from Viola Lee on Etsy. Though I choose not to add the apron, I really do love it.
Next up was choosing fabric. I planned to order the fabric online so I wanted to choose a designer and fabrics from the same line to ensure they matched. I fell in love with Art Gallery Fabric’s Emmy Grace line. Though I choose to order it from Llama Fabric on Etsy, she was able to give me a custom order so that I did not end up with a ton of extra fabric.
Months later, I was finally ready to make the dress. I had just bought a new Singer 7258 Stylist and was a little intimidated. So, my friend Lacey came over to help me attempt to make the dress. It took us a full day but that included setting up the sewing machine, figuring out the patter, food breaks and of course playing with Evelyn.
Overall the pattern was easy to read and there was only one part that I had to cut out. I love the way the dress turned out and have gotten so many compliments on it.
Evelyn has typical “Photographer Child” syndrome and does not like to sit still to pose for pictures so these were the only ones I was able to get. It was so worth the extra time to sew the dress myself. She loves that her Mama and Miss Lacey made the dress for her and I feel so proud looking at it hang in her closet.