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Well, a few days after Easter and I’m finally getting around to posting this.
It’s my Easter dress!
I used that over all lace fabric I bought as SAS (see A Quick and Pink Craft Haul). I wanted something pink and floral this year and while thinking about that I got the idea to use lace.
I made little roses from ribbon to decorate the neckline. It took a while because not only did I have to make each one by hand, but I also had to re-learn how to do it. It’s been a while since I last made them.
Funny thing is that the last time I made ribbon roses was also for an Easter dress (see Time for Some Catching Up). Actually a lot of the design for this dress was inspired by that dress.
I added little faux pearl beads to the center of each rose for an added touch.
I used a wide ribbon the same color as the roses as a sash around the waist.
The “sleeves” are made solely from the lace, so they have a sheer appearance. I originally wanted to make a section on the front of the bodice with just the lace, but I thought that might be a tad too revealing. Not to mention too complicated and time consuming to complete in such a short time frame.
Instead of hemming the edge of the lace of the skirt, I added ribbon to finish it. It helps to balance out the top. It wasn’t exactly the easiest thing I’ve ever sewn. Those who sew lace and netting a lot would understand. And I think I would recommend using clips instead of sewing pins. The pins mostly got in my way and snag the ribbon.
Now for the accessories, because why make a pretty dress without completing the outfit?
I made a pretty headband using the pink and white flowers I bought from SAS. I actually had to make it twice. The first time it looked pretty, but I realized it didn’t look as pretty on my head which is necessary for a “head” band. So I took it apart and put it back together again.
I also made a necklace of faux glass pearls to help tie in the headband and stuff. I bought these pearls ages ago at Joann. Makes for a simple yet pretty necklace that I can wear with just about anything, super plus.
Since I bought a ton of fabric, I whipped up a matching purse too. It’s simple little bag with a flap, similar to several I’ve done before. The flap closes with Velcro. I normally use snaps, but I was lazy this time. It’s so much faster to use Velcro, at least when you use a sewing machine. I made a larger ribbon rose to finish the bag.
Speaking of larger ribbon roses, I made a pair of them to make the final accessory, shoe clips. Because my cute white shoes needed a little something to tie them in with the rest of the outfit. I made them just like the shoe clips I made last year (see Lace Rosette Shoe Clips with a Twist and Tutorial). A simple and cute way to finish off a pretty pink outfit.
Here’s the updated list:
- Little dress
Two down, three more to go. I’m running late with the next two, but I should have them up soon. Look forward to it.