retro easter dresses

The girls' Easter dresses were finished just under the wire (as usual) ... at about 2 a.m Easter morning.  I really have to learn better time management!  They turned out cute though.  I used the Oliver + S Puppet Show Dress pattern, and it definitely has a retro flair.  I can picture a young Sally Draper wearing something like this.


Ruby and Cora had identical dresses, one big, one small.  Can I just say that tiny set-in baby sleeves are especially punishing?



The embroidered collar is still my favorite part.  It was a special detail on an otherwise very simple dress.


After sewing 18 button holes, I can safely scratch them off my "fear of sewing" list.  I wasn't really afraid of button holes, but I always felt a little anxious before sewing them.  I think I have it down now.  :)

I also made bow ties for my guys using this tutorial from the blog papernstitch.   They turned out cute, but I'll have to try out Delia's Little Mister bow tie tutorial next time.  Because a grown man's bow tie should be the kind that really ties.  I was so pleased that Jared was up for wearing one, and owe it all to the Doctor, who taught us that "bow ties are cool."


Oscar and Ruby really aren't into taking pictures these days.


Cora is a much better sport.


By the end of the day, those dresses that I slaved over had more stains than I care to count - dirt from leaning on the car, play dough from nursery, drool (so much drool!), sugar cookies, and leaky diapers.  Every time something new got smeared on, Jared reminded me to breathe and un-clench my jaw.  :)  Sewing for kids is an excellent lesson in patience.

Maybe next year I'll leave time to sew something for myself ...

50 comments:

Sarah ( from pep ) said...

Too cute! you guys are matching!

cranny + b said...

beautifully done. This is the second year in a row that I've made my little guy a last minute bowtie for Easter, the second year in a row that I didn't try it on him until the minute we walked out the door, and the second year in a row that his bowtie was just absolutely ginormous. poor guy. Good thing he is cute! ( third time is a charm, perhaps? : ) happy Easter to you!

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

They are so darling, Jill! I love the pretty coral color and the collars are fabulous! All your kiddos look adorable!

p.s. Did I spot the Hunger Games series on your shelf? I love those books!

Christina said...

Beautifully made! The only thing I sewed this Easter was a couple of flowers for my little girl's headband.

(Oh, and don't forget that fezes are cool too, though I'm not sure they'll get as much attention as bow ties.) ; )

Jan and Colleen said...

you did a fabulous job and you inspire me!

Carmel Morris said...

The Puppet Show outfit is one of my favourite patterns. I love the embroidery detail on yours. Did you add the embroidery before you cut it out, after the dress was assembled, or somewhere in between?

Adriana said...

Love those little dresses, the clip in Ruby's hair is adorable too. Beautiful embroidery

Lise said...

The dresses are so beautiful! And I love that you made a matching hair clip. You all look fabulous.

Emily said...

Love the family picture! The embroidery looks awesome and the button on the sleeves. Good job with those tiny sleeves. :)

Kayleen Moulton said...

Absolutely darling! Love the family picture.

BoilerTeach said...

You do such amazing work, even with a deadline looming. I would likely have given up. I love your family picture too! Your children are gorgeous. I love seeing your handy work and aspiring to one day make cute little stuff like you do.

Tanya said...

Love the dresses and bows -- and what a beautiful family photo!

Anonymous said...

Awesome family photo!

Rachelle said...

Your fam is so cute! Great job on the dresses--wow! You have way more patience than me cuz just thinking of buttoning and unbuttoning those off of cute squirmy babies is enough to dissuade me. :) Love the embroidery and Ruby & Cora's darling hair clip!

Rebekah B. said...

Wow! So lovely! That hand embroidery is amazing. Makes me want to do that, so badly. I'm afraid mine would never turn out so nicely though. LOVE the bow ties. I need to give them a shot for my guys. What a cute family photo!

shantel said...

Love the family picture! And all the outfits are perfect!

Sherry said...

You have no idea how much I love those dresses. I love the pink, I love the embroidery and I love the buttons all the way up the back. Great job :)

Britta said...

I love the rare family photo! My mom kept some of my baby dresses--some handmade, some store bought--so I'm loving the retro look every now and then. Your sewing creations will definitely be treasured by your kids one day.

Vanessa Traylor said...

They are perfect! Love everything about them!!! And an even MORE adorable family! Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Amanda said...

The embroidery is gorgeous! LOVE it!

thingsforboys said...

Beautiful dresses and gorgeous photo! You've inspired me to try some embroidery.

kristin said...

Oh Jill, these are ADORABLE! Probably the cutest Puppet Show dresses I've ever seen. Your family is so cute, too. Happy Easter!

Chelsea said...

Love the dresses and your CUTE family!!! Glad you had a great Easter!

Cynthia said...

Those dresses are adorable and very vintage looking! I would like to try that pattern. I smocked one of my grandaughters a dress for Easter and will be writing 4 posts on the process!!

Vanessa said...

You did such a great job with the dresses and bow ties! The embroidery is special, and I love how well you color-coordinated it all.

I once attempted to sew a baby outfit with set-in sleeves and you are right, it is punishment. So much so that I have never tried that again!! I'm glad you persevered for Cora.

Ayla said...

You did a beautiful job! I love the dresses, they're the perfect fabric and everything! Adorbs.

mrsc1345 said...

Such lovely work! And bows ties ARE cool! Yay for toddlers watching Doctor Who. Now I want to go dig up that puppetshow pattern and make some of my own, I've made the shorts lots of times but never the top/dress

Erin said...

I love Oliver + S and these dresses are so perfect. I adore the embroidered collar. So cute!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Those dresses are absolutely gorgeous Jill! I love the color choice and the embroidery. Your family is SO darling!

Cheri

Shannon said...

Ahh, so adorable!

Jenny said...

My word. Those are absolutely adorable! Seriously perfect.

chris said...

Your dresses turned out beautifully! I've made a couple of these as tunics, and one dress, and yes...this pattern is hard! Well done. I hope you had a lovely Easter.

Jo said...

I love your Easter outfits! The embroidery is such a wonderful touch!!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

adorable dresses and family picture! everyone's looking, now that is quite the accomplishment!

Sarah said...

Jill, the dresses are stunning! Was that a matching hair clip in ruby's hair? I shouldn't even ask, I'm certain it was! I love seeing your smiling face too! Happy Easter!

Kat Folloder said...

Seriously, the cutest family photo!

sue said...

Amazing dresses, but really I wanted to tell you that you look FABULOUS. Way to rock Easter Jill.

tatiana said...

que lindos se ven todos

Aunt Nancy said...

Totally BEAUTIFUL FAMILY! Loved the pictures!

Tricia said...

The dresses are absolutely PERFECT! Love the details. Your family is beautiful and Baby Cora has stunning blue eyes!

Mustang65 said...

What a gorgeous family!

Linda said...

I'm just wondering if there could be any cuter kids than yours. LOVE the retro dresses. I had embroidery like that on a green gingham dress for my first girl 33 years ago! (Alas, "she" was a boy and the dress didn't get worn for 2 more years!) Happy Easter!

Megan said...

But the dresses are SO SWEET! I hope that it all came out in the wash.

rachel said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

RobyGiup said...

Too cute!!! What a wonderful idea! :)

Lisbei said...

What a beautiful family you are !
Congratulations for the little dresses, so sweet !

Rhiannon said...

Very, very cute. I love the bow ties too! It's actually on my to-do list for my two year old.

p.s. love your hair cut! I need to learn how to style my hair properly...maybe that could be your next tutorial ;) Happy easter.

jenn (+ will) said...

i love the retro dress. and your family picture is to die for! so adorable!!!!!

Women's Button-embellished 2-piece Suit said...

I love your family picture! Thanks for sharing anyway.

Christan said...

I understand your jaw clenching! I made my daughters Easter dress this year and my husbands comment was "all that work and she won't even appreciate it!" (she's only 1) I did cringe when she had a cookie and drooled all over it. I chose a retro style dress very similar to yours. What a learning process for a quilter. Clothing is very different! Great job and cute family photo!