I just made an Easter dress for Chloe, and I must say, it is darling.
I used Butterick pattern B4906. I like the beautiful, simple design of the dress. I made the size 5 version, which was nice, since it was the largest size in the package. Yay for no pattern tracing!
I used the blue color of the Claudia print in Jennifer Paganelli’s Happy Land fabric collection. Helllllooo, if this isn’t the perfect fabric for a little girl’s Easter dress, I don’t know what is. New colorful spring blooms under a clear blue sky – the epitome of Easter and a season of rebirth.
I made the dress while at my parents’ house, as we were visiting during Spring Break. I brought my little travel sewing machine – a Singer Patchwork. The machine functions well and came with a ton of presser feet, but man, she is SLOW. I mean really slow. That was my biggest frustration in making this dress. And I ran out of blue thread, so I had to switch to white. And I didn’t have my serger to finish the raw edges, so I zig-zagged the edges of all the pattern pieces except for the bodice. Which took FOREVER with this machine.
But all those frustrations were kept in check since I was working with such gorgeous fabric. Seriously Jennifer, KUDOS!
And isn’t the back so sweet? I really like the subtle little ruffle at the bottom. It finishes the dress off just perfectly.
And, per my sewing journal entry on this project, here are some changes if I make this dress again:
- Don’t understitch – I feel maybe it made some puckering on the bodice.
- Dont’ use a gathering foot – the gathers on the bottom ruffle are so subtle that it’s best to just follow the pattern directions, rather than using my shiny new gathering foot.
- Left and right sides of the three skirt pieces (not the top and bottom)
- Ruffle, after step 28
- Don’t use Frixion pen for markings – they disappeared with the iron. Use chalk instead.