Sunday, September 21, 2014

Little Pearl Dress

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on my last post. It was nice to hear that other people struggle with the same issues. I think that Lynz hit the nail on the head when she mentioned the whole "blogging mojo" issue - because sometimes, I am sewing, just not blogging, or reading blogs. I blame Instagram and the temptation to just post a picture without the effort of writing a blog post. And also, if I manage to create a half hour window for myself and its a choice between sewing or blogging, I'll always pick sewing.


But to move on, I realised during the week that I hadn't shared the Little Pearl dress finish on here, although I did post some pics on Instgram at the time. So in case you haven't seen it, I did finally finish the Little Pearl dress for Miss Rachel. I used the pattern in the "Liberty Love" book which was easy to follow, and I used beautiful lawn from Seamstar to make it.


I was really please with how it turned out. I added the ruffle on the front after much deliberation and auditioning of contrast fabrics for it. In the end, I stuck to the same lavender solid that I used for the lining and this was definitely the right choice. I didn't anticipate how much the ruffle would add to the finished look - it really brings the dress up a notch I think. I had a nice matching ribbon and some small pearlised type buttons that worked well.


And I managed to do the buttonholes with only one minor mishap. It took me ages to space them right, and then after practising on scraps a few times I tackled them. All but one went well, and I managed to fix the problem one without too much swearing.  I really like the buttons I picked for the back.


I tried it on Miss Rachel wondering if it would still fit, as it had been a while since I cut it. But thankfully it did. I did notice she has shot up a couple of inches over the summer because originally this dress was good bit longer on her than it now is, but that's ok.  You can see the length best in the bottom photo.

It hangs nicely on the back too, I'm happy about that because I had to do a little adjusting to get the ends meeting up properly and wondered if it would affect how it hung.



Overall, I'm pretty happy with this, I just need to find some shoes that go with it for Miss Rachel to start modelling it properly (red shoes SO do not go).



This was one of my list of finishes in the FAL, so I'll happily add it to my  (small) list of finishes for the quarter.

8 comments:

tomomi mcelwee said...

Beautiful dress, Sarah. and your little miss is so cute!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

beautiful dress, I love Liberty and everything about it. I used to put that style of dress on my daughter. And who says purple and red don't go? - "when I am old I will purple with a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me" is my favourite poem of all time.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

beautiful dress, I love Liberty and everything about it. I used to put that style of dress on my daughter. And who says purple and red don't go? - "when I am old I will purple with a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me" is my favourite poem of all time.

Cindy said...

Holy. Moly. That's adorable. So freakin' adorable. You have to know my niece will be sporting that same dress next summer.

jodydeschenes said...

that dress, and that fabric, is friggin adorable!! and aside from any accountability you have to advertisers, blogging is well, blogging, and you don't owe anybody anything and should never feel bad about anything you post or don't. on this end we should have enough of a life that we don't have the time to even read them! but do, because they're fun. (: just do your thing and enjoy doing it...whatever it is.

Archie the wonder dog said...

A gorgeous dress on a gorgeous girl!

Irena Mangone said...

Lovely dress and so is your little model

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, very cute