Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Easter Dresses At Last!

This winter I found some coordinating fabric on sale at my local quilt store and bought a bunch to make the girls Easter Dresses.

Colleen wanted pink and Aleah choose the blue fabric.  Their dresses use the same pattern.

Here's the back.  I didn't cut the sashes quite long enough, so we are going for the sailor knot look in back - I'm just going to pretend that I wanted it that way all along.

Emily choose the green fabric - of course.  Her dress was a simple A line.  She is tall and skinny, so I tried to alter the pattern - and made it too narrow through the shoulders and had to add the green sash to bring the waist down.  Ugggg.

Kate was stuck with whatever fabric had the most leftovers - blue with a green polka dot collar and pipping.  I knew the pattern ran big so I cut her dress a size smaller.  It could still fit a 4 year old through the shoulders.

Why am I so crazy about the fit?  I totally blame it on LiEr.  She wrote a series of posts on drafting patterns last fall and now instead of just saying, "Wow, what a pretty dress I made!  It fits!"  I find myself analyzing how it fits.  She made a monster!

Here are all the girls together.   Kate did not want to be taken away from Daddy to pose for pictures.  On the bright side, this way you get to see her cute coordinating bloomers.  :)

More outtakes for your enjoyment.
Do you have any tricks for taking pictures of children?  :)


  1. Your girls are gorgeous and the dresses are just lovely. I dont think you need tricks to take their pictures -- I love the candid ones:)

  2. Beauty queens in the making, the dresses are soo pretty!! Love the collage of faces:)

  3. Such cute pics! The dresses turned out really cute. I am making my 2 girls coordinating skirts in the next few days. (I hope)

  4. Cute kids and cute dresses! My mom used to make matching dresses for my four sisters and I. Poor sis number 5 had them all handed down to her and spent years wearing the same dress.

  5. That photo in the centre of Kate climbing out of Emily's arms reminds me of a photo taken of me. I didn't want to be in the picture of all the grandkids sitting on a fence so my uncle was behind me holding me down, but I was twisting and climbing like Kate was. I wasn't nearly so young as her though!!

    So no tips for photographing children... sorry ;)

  6. they are lovely (both your girls and the dresses)
    I love the outtakes, too.

  7. Gorgeous pics. Especially the outtakes! Lovely dresses.

  8. outdoor pics are teh best when the weather will cooperate. love the dresses and the girls! I have not made any clothes for my little ones, I've always thought quilts are much easier!

  9. So cute!! I love the range of emotions kids can have in a 5 minutes time frame. :-)

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