Wednesday, March 23, 2016

LGDresses - Butterick 6314

I made two of the dresses that I like the most from this pattern.


I will admit that the pattern cover influenced my version for Miss Lena but I went with a solid color for the top of the dress. I also made my first version a little big - starting with a size 4. Of course we noticed it after I'd sewn the floral embellishments to the front and hand stitched everything down.


So some info on this one ~
Fabric:
Black and white cotton pique polka dot fabric
White cotton pique fabric

Notions:
9" black invisible zipper
floral embellishment
white cotton broadcloth

Construction Info ~
Since I'd never made this dress before, I had to follow the instruction sheet. This is difficult for me because I can always think of a way that the dress should be constructed better - well at least to me! hahahahaha! The dress was originally supposed to have sleeves but I ended up turning the lining to quickly and after finishing it, just didn't want to remove the stitching. Those little girl armholes are S-M-A-L-L!

Otherwise it was an easy sew and I love how the pleats were done in the skirt. I was going to remake the dress but my daughter said to let it be. It will give Sammy room to grow into! Miss Lena will wear it with a white sweater so that solves that!

This means that Lena and Sammy now have coordinating black polka dot dresses...

The second version of this dress was made from a silk remnant pulled from the fabric collection. I used a size 2 bodice for this one and achieved a better fit. It was influenced by this dress I pinned from Pinterest.


Fabric:
Silk twill from the collection

Notions:
Pink Rayon bemberg to line the bodice
9" pink invisible zipper
Blush striped ribbon
Floral Embellishment
Pink rayon seam binding

Construction Info ~
I used the bodice from the pattern and then 45" of fabric cut to the dimensions of the skirt pattern piece. The pleats were added about every 5" to mimic the pleats in the inspiration dress.

The finished dress does have the sleeves added. The dress is hemmed at the same length as the black and white one. It is hand hemmed with pink rayon seam binding added to the hem. A blush pink striped ribbon and a mauve colored flower was added to the dress as an embellishment.

Since Miss Lena didn't wear this one in the fashion show I only have fitting pictures of the dress on her.





...and a group shot of the finished dress...



Conclusion ~
However, to me these were the prettiest dresses I made and I'm holding onto the pattern. It will be good to use in the years going forward since the girls are only 2 and 5. I'm sure there will be plenty more dresses being made for them in the years ahead.

I really enjoyed making all of these dresses and love that all of the materials were in the Sewing Cave. This reinforced to me why I collect things as I happen upon them because you just never know when you're going to make magic with a stored piece!

The other night I wrote a spring sewing list. I have a plan and the materials on hand so now all I have to do is sew!

...as always more later!





24 comments:

  1. I love seeing the dresses, but am completely distracted by how beautiful these two little grand-daughters are. Lena and Sammy in their coordinating dresses is a classic--such different personalities!

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  2. The impressive thing about little girls is that they seem to grow taller but not wider for a long time. They will be modeling these for awhile! Good construction pays off!

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  3. They look so cute! Lovely dresses...

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  4. The dresses are beautiful and your granddaughters look like such a joy. They will rise up and call grandma blessed.

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    1. Very well said! Decades from now they will remember the beautiful creations you made with love :)

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  5. This is so random, but, I LOVE their eyebrows! lool they are so cute! The dresses are adorable and they look so happy to have them :-)

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    1. Tasha actually it isn't! They get that alot because they all have those drawn on eyebrows and long eyelashes. Their mother has the same thing and I have no idea where it came from because neither I nor her father has that feature!

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  6. They are so beautiful, the girls I mean. The dresses are gorgeous too.

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  7. What cherished memories your granddaughters will have of fitting sessions with their grandmother and the beautiful dresses you made for them.

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  8. They do have pretty fabulous eyebrows! How old are they now? You are certainly blessed with your family. Have a lovely Easter.

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    1. Nancy - they are 2 and 4.5 now. Lena will be 5 in June.

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  9. You would love Japanese patterns for the babies. I highly recommend 'Sewing for Your Girls'.

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  10. So cute! I am inspired to sew for my friend's daughter. I have a couple of little dress patterns and probably some suitable fabric. (must get organized). Isn't it just THE BEST!to be able to sew a whole project right out of stash? I just love getting an idea at 9pm, and just going and doing it. :)

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  11. Awesome dresses and models. I'm using the same pattern for Niayh's
    Easter dress. This year she wants a long pink dress. I cut the dress too big so now I have to wait for her to try it on so I can finish the dress.

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  12. I have been loving these little dresses (and what adorable girls too!)

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  13. From Creative Hormone Rush: You've made magic! The dresses are truly lovely and your granddaughters just light up with joy when wearing them. What a beautiful experience for you all!

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  14. Such lucky little girls. I bet they treasure the dresses you make for them and will always have warm memories of them.

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  15. Such beautiful little girls in their lovely dresses. I also sew for my 18 month old grandaughter and am inspired by your exquisite creations. Thanks!

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  16. Oh the silk dress is so special and it was lovely to see your grand daughters in their lovely dresses.

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  17. Dear Carolyn,
    I love your sewing, and your aesthetic. This is the first time I have left a comment....those girls are beautiful and clearly Love the dresses yo so lovingly made for them. Now I understand the joy you have in using your stash of fabric

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  18. Dear Carolyn,
    Having followed your blog for over a year, I was thrilled to see your gorgeous creations and your beautiful girls. As a grandmother, I was so proud for you having your little ones with their mother. Great experience for your grands. By the way, I adore the lace dresses. They are fabulous.

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