Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Grand Reveal

Rebecca asked when the "grand reveal" to last week's teaser would be (thus the title of this post). Several of you hazzarded a guess. My teaser was either extremely transparent, or perhaps you just know me too well, because your guesses were all very close and some were spot on correct. So here's is my finished project.

I had planned on making this a knot jumper, but didn't make the straps long enough. Since I didn't have a pattern for the top, I simply took the measurement for the bodice from another pattern I had. I love traditional children's clothing, so I've been learning to mix the elements that I love in the old with some more trendy elements of today's children's clothing. Here the old elements are the muted colors of the skirt and bodice, the applique, and the eyelet lace.

This is the back of the dress. Here it's easy to see the main fabric of the skirt. My daughters said the print reminded them of a fairy garden.

For the trendy elements, I added the ruffle-pants that are so popular now in a more contemporary fabric print and color.

I'm too much of a traditionalist, so I just had to add a pair of bloomers.

The waist of the ruffle-pants and bloomers both have elastic waists, but I added a drawstring to the waist so they could be adjusted. Hopefully, that will allow this little one to wear the outfit a little longer.

This is the entire ensemble and also shows the headband that is so in vogue these days. I finished the entire outfit only a few hours before the baby shower on Tuesday evening (typical of me).

This was a labor of love for a young woman and her husband who are expecting their first baby. From the time they began coming to the church I attend, I could tell she loved babies and children. She was always holding or cooing over someone else's little one. When I heard they were expecting, I was just so thrilled for them.

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On a different trend of thought, momtofur commented that the apron of the dress would make a pretty pillow case. I chuckled at how close our thoughts were, because I had been thinking that it would make a wonderful dresser scarf.
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Charree said...

What a cute little outfit. I am sure the mom-to-be was excited to get it.

Have a blessed day!

Bonnie said...

How beautiful! I just love it!

Rebecca said...

beautifully done! I couldn't tell if it was a doll outfit or a baby outfit at first! Personally, I *LOVE* the bloomers to go with it. (Call me old-fashioned, too, I guess!)

I think I might know who this set is going to and I know they will love it.

I liked how you added that fabric strip at the bottom of the pants and tacked a yo-yo on there. You always take such care with little details!

Mom2fur said...

I love it! Everything about it is just so ooey-gooey girly! (And I love those bloomers, too!)

momawake said...

Just adorable!

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

What an adorable outfit!

Full of Grace said...

Hey, my guess was pretty close!!! :) It is so beautiful Nanci, it really is!!!

Terri said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I used to participate in Sew Crafty Friday, but then she stopped it. I was happy to see that Shereen is hosting it again.

~*Mona*~ said...

You are so brave with your color and fabric choices, it looks wonderful! I think I would be scared when I oculdn't see the finished product yet! Absolutely adorable!

Nanci said...

To each one of you that commented here, I want to thank you for being the best encouragers in the world!!! I can't tell you how much your thoughts are appreciated.

Shereen said...

That's came out precious. It looks like it's for a little doll. I wish we could all see how the baby will look in the outfit. ;0) That is a beautiful gift. That's the thing with being able to sew, you pay an arm and a leg to buy something so delicate like that. Great job. Thanks for sharing, and participating.

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