Easter Dress for Chloe

05 April

I just made an Easter dress for Chloe, and I must say, it is darling.

Easter Dress for Chloe

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.

Easter Dress for Chloe In Progress

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!

Easter Dress for Chloe Front

And isn’t the back so sweet?  I really like the subtle little ruffle at the bottom.  It finishes the dress off just perfectly.

Easter Dress for Chloe Back

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.
  • SERGE!
    • 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.
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