This Easter dress was a cool one for me to do, because I feel like I’ve come full circle. My Easter outfit last year was probably one of the last things I sewed for myself before taking the plunge and making my Instagram. At this time last year, I had no idea what an awesome community of talented and friendly people I was joining, or how my skills would grow. Now, I’m celebrating having over 1,200 followers on Instagram (seriously you guys, wow!), working on some super cool projects, planning a giveaway for next month!!!!, and I’ve made almost every apparel item under the sun! So while this dress might not be the most technically advanced thing I’ve ever done, it’s still kind of heartwarming for me to think about it and reflect on what I’ve accomplished in the last year.
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Hand-Embroidered Easter Dress
If you saw my April to-sew list, you might remember the inspiration for this Easter dress. The photo above is the same dress, but in chambray — the inspo dress had a few different variations, but the one I liked best was yellow with white embroidery. Clearly, it was a very popular dress because it seemed to have sold out pretty quickly!
To recreate this dress, I drafted a quick yoke and cap sleeve. Then I gathered a skirt to go with it and boom, dress! The most labor intensive part by far was embroidering the front part of the yoke. I used this blush Kaufman linen blend from Fabric.com, which is gorgeous, but also has a very loose weave. The embroidery isn’t as tight as I’d like it to be.
I cut two front and back yokes so that I could line the top. The linen is pretty opaque, so it doesn’t necessarily need a lining, but since the embroidery is loose, I didn’t want it catching on anything. I did the embroidery first, and then put together the top and attached the skirt. Any exposed seams are French seams, which is my current favorite serger-less method for finishing them off. The back of the yolk has about a 4″ opening and a button with buttonhole closure. I was going to do a loop and a buttonhole, but I forgot to put the loop in when I was sewing the whole thing together…
As I put together the top, I wondered if I should have done the embroidery after attaching the skirt, somehow. I tried to be as exact as I could in making sure that I was outside of my seam allowances, but the embroidery definitely got sucked into the seams at some points. It’s not super noticeable (I hope), I just don’t know the best way to do that kind of detailing. I also wish I had shaped the skirt a little more. It’s not super full, so I avoided the “potentially pregnant” look, which was my main goal for the dress. It’s just a little too wide for my taste at the underarms. I’d do more of a trapezoid shape than a straight rectangle if I did it again.
The dress has a 1″ hem that hits a few inches above my knee. It’s probably just a liiiiiitle too short. I played with attaching a band of my leftover fabric as a hem band, but I don’t think I will. I’ll just reserve the dress for fun nights out! I missed church services with my family, which is maybe a good thing in hindsight. This probably was a tad too short for a decent Easter dress.
Anyways, that’s about all I’ve got for this Easter dress. It’s a super simple silhouette that you can do in an hour or so. Definitely factor in more time for the embroidery, though. Are you into the embroidery trend that seems to be all over Instagram and Pinterest lately?
Yardage needed: I used 2.5 yards – this seems to me like it would be a reasonable amount for a lot of folks.
Time: 1.5 hours for the dress, about 6 for the embroidery (less if you’re not babysitting toddlers at the same time, probably)
General modifications: The embroidery, I guess?
#SewingTall modifications: If I draft it, I suppose they’re not modifications, but I wish it was a little longer.