I had so much fun making Caroline's flower girl dress. I loved every bit of the process - planning the design, selecting the lace and fabric, picking out the embroidery pattern, constructing the dress and lace bands, drafting the slip. I took my time with this project and it was well worth the time and effort. I documented some of the process it took to get to the finished dress.
I had been thinking about what kind of dress I wanted to make for almost a year before I made my final decisions. The "problem" with heirloom sewing is that the choices are endless! I bought all of my fabric and laces in January of this year and began work almost immediately. I chose to borrow an out-of-print (vintage, I suppose?) Children's Corner pattern called "Grace". I wanted a pattern that would showcase a lot of embroidery because I love to embroider.
|Looking at the lace and experimenting with embroidery design options|
|Go big or go home. I opted for a more intricate design. I was glad I did.|
|I used tape, a window, and a water-soluble pen to mark the design on the dress back, front, and sleeves.|
|Practice equals consistency with embroidery. Here I'm working on my bullion stitches (in green).|
|Marking how much to cut (yikes) off the top of the lace edging|
|Slow and steady is the key to joining lace. I couldn't believe how smoothly this part went. I kept thinking, "I'm doing it! It's working!"|
|This day I had a little helper who wanted a project of her own. A yarn needle, some thread, and a pack of wooden beads kept her occupied for a very long time.|
|I also had to make some significant cuts (yikes again) into the sleeves for a strip of embroidered insertion. This sleeve is ready for the gathered lace edging.|
|Speaking of gathered lace edging, I prefer to attach it by hand.|
|Almost done! I couldn't wait to soak that blue marker off!|
|I used the dress pattern to customize a slip for this dress specifically. I finished the arm and neck edges with a tiny hand-sewn French rolled seam.|
|I starched and ironed this thing 4 times before graduation! Kevin said the whole house smelled like starch. That fabric was stiff!|