dress and jacket
close-up of the bodice
bibs and ballet slippers
leather ballet slippers purchased from Macy's
Simplicity 7488 - Out of print Baby Gowns
2 yards rayon/silk satin
1.5 yards lace
2 yards pearl piping
2 yards 1" lace
Cotton batiste for lining
2 large snaps
I ended up not sewing the pearls to the empire bodice of the dress.
I ended up adding snaps to the back of the dress instead of the buttons and buttonholes. I just couldn't take more small sewing.
I hand-stitched the sleeves into the jacket. Again I just couldn't take trying to sew one small circle into another. So I used small stitches and stitched them together. It held just fine. I mean people use to hand sew garments all the time right?!
I didn't make a bonnet. Her mother decided that she would use a lace headband instead and it actually worked out really well.
I spent at least 20 hours on this outfit and it was worth it but I won't be making another one of these any time soon. *LOL* The pressure of making "the perfect dress" for such an important event is not how I like to sew. To me sewing is about relaxation and exploring my creativity and pushing the boundaries. This was pressure. I'm just glad that I was up to the task!
Next up is some scarves for Christmas gift giving...eventually I will get back to sewing for me...eventually!
...as always, more later!