11.21.2015

Striking Gold


Sewing has definitely taken a backseat lately to school work, family obligations, and basically just keeping my children alive and fed.  Despite the craziness around here though, I did manage to dust off my sewing machine (in the most literal sense) in order to sew up a dress for each girl for some family pictures that we had taken last weekend.


For O's dress I was definitely inspired by this simple quilting cotton that I bought over the summer during my Portland fabric-shopping extravaganza.  It's a cream and gold quilting cotton and as soon as I saw it, I knew that the girls would love it.  It turns out that I was right.  My only regret is not buying a tad bit more.  I was hoping to be able to make something for C out of it too, but because I cut out the bodice on the bias it used up more fabric than I had planned for.


And speaking of the bias-cut top, that was my other inspiration for the dress.  I really wanted to make a Hanami with a chevron on the front.  Yeah, yeah, I've made a million Hanami's before but I thought that this would be a great modification to the pattern.  Super simple and really cute.  I also played around with the stripes by making the back of the bodice vertical and the skirt horizontal.  It also eliminated any problems that I may have had trying to match up a chevron on the back while inserting a zipper.  I'm all about taking the path of least resistance.


O's a huge fan of her new dress and was made an even bigger fan when we went out to buy her some gold shoes to complete the outfit.  And I'm a big fan of the fact that I already have her holiday dress made.  Big high five for both of us!

10 comments:

  1. This is awesome! That fabric is incredible! It has the perfect amount of sparkle while still be understated! Such a great dress. And I always love to see your sewing!😍❤️

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  2. I love this so much. That is fabulous fabric. It somehow manages to be glittery and girly yet stylish and sophisticated at the same time. Great job!

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  3. Such a great dress, I love what you did with the stripes! That fabric is gorgeous. And yes, holiday dress finished in November? You are my hero.

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  4. just gorgeous. and made even more so by the fact that it's completed more than a month in advance! love the bias cut front - well done!

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  5. What a beautiful dress! Impressed by stripe matching! Nicely done!

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  6. What a beautiful dress! Impressed by stripe matching! Nicely done!

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  7. So pretty - love the chevron bodice and the metallic gold; perfect dress for holiday wear! Glad you found some time to sew. :)

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! I love the Hanami dress pattern and cannot get enough of them. This one is a really lovely holiday dress! So impressed by the chevron/stripe matching!!

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  9. Aaaaaahhhhh! I love this fabric so much! The chevrons look fantastic. I agree with Rachel and the others - this is the perfect sparkly, but classy and understated, holiday dress. And you killed it with the stripe matching. Nice to see you back and congrats at being done with clinicals!

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