I remember as a young girl the excitement of new clothes and shoes in the spring.
As a tween and young teen I agonized over what looked right and what was ‘in’.
With my little girls the question was ‘to make’ or to buy’. I’ve done both. Usually if I am making them I let it go right down to the wire and am madly finishing things up at the last-minute. I’ve made some elaborate dresses that involved smocking and tucking and used fine fabrics and I’ve gone the quick and simple route. Becca’s Easter dress last year was of the quick and simple variety.
This year I used a pattern a friend made and a ruffled lace fabric that I am just in love with. It was really very simple to make since the fabric is knit and didn’t involve adding buttons or a zipper to the dress this time. This pattern is the one I used on this dress.
Larke had agreed to dresses out of the same fabric as her little sister but insisted they needed to be made different. Alas, she has entered the tween stage and has decided dressing alike is just not done.
However when I got the first dress made it was just a little too big in the neck for Becca. It would work but it worked better on Larke. So between her Grandma and I we convinced her to wear a dress like her little sister one more time.
I had in mind to make cream-colored mini ruffle leggings for both girls to wear under their dresses. But Larke wanted the grey and white and when Becca heard that she insisted on grey and white too. So I caved on that point and let them have their way. ( I do that a tad too often I’m afraid 😀 )Emma’s skirt ended up a mix of the ruffled lace, cream knit, and a strip knit fabric I found at Joann’s. The back of her skirt is the lace fabric. I made her a sleeveless-t out of the lace, lined with cream knit. The girls dresses are lined with cream knit too.
I made myself an outfit this year too. I found the navy and white stripe knit at Joann’s and lined it with cream knit. The sweater is from Target.
Becca had new shoes – a closeout I found a few months ago. The rest of us are wearing shoes/sandals from last year – or the year before 🙂
Since Easter was in March and March was not warm this year we all wore sweater or jackets. I’m looking forward to seeing the girls wear their dresses without sweaters over them.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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