I cannot believe it is Easter yet again! But it is and it was a wonderful day spent in the Lord’s house, celebrating His resurrection with friends and loved ones. But ever since I was a little child, Easter has always been THE Sunday for dressing your best and I’m attempting to continue that tradition with my own family (as hard as that seems to be!)
Since my kids were little, I’ve always loved putting them in matching dresses. It was quite simple when my two oldest were young and in roughly the same size to be able to match them up. But as they’ve gotten older and now my fourth little one is a boy, well, things are a little bit harder!
A few years ago, I started making their dresses for Easter. One year, it was just the skirts I made and purchased the tops. But this year, I wanted to make them all the same dress. So I did.
Now, I’m not trying to brag or gloat or anything because trust me, making three identical dresses from a pattern for three totally different size children is not easy. I never took a class on learning to read patterns and I usually have to look up a term or two just to make sure I’m understanding the instructions. Kathryn was smaller than the pattern I purchased (who can hardly afford one pattern, let alone two nowadays?) and Deanna was larger than the largest size it came with. So there was lots to adapt.
I gave myself a week which is really all I could muster. It was Spring Break so I had some extra time in there, but alas, I was still up at midnight Saturday night putting the finishing touches on the dresses. One suggestion: a week is not enough time to finish three dresses unless you have no other distractions. I also had to work 30 hours, plus we went out of town for a day, plus one day was spent on Easter egg hunts and other miscellanous items came up. So actually, I might have had two or three days instead. So next time I’m going to plan on giving myself a little bit more time.
One other thing I learned is though my girls were super excited about me making them the dresses, they were more fascinated with the tie I made for Jonathan. I did make it a little short, but I’ve never made a tie before and it was midnight and well, overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out. Jonathan has it on his bed for the next time he goes to church to wear! I do think the girls liked the dresses, but they had their quarrels and qualms about them. Oh well, is all I said.
I do like that I made three dresses and finished them and everyone loved them, but there’s always room for improvement. I want to remake this pattern for Deanna (my oldest) and tweek it a little for her. I like that the pattern included some other versions of the dress so I can try something else out. I’m actually quite pleased with myself for this accomplishment.
So if you have ever made anything with a pattern ro without one, feel free to let me know and share a picture or two with me. I love seeing what others are making and any tips you might have for sewing dresses.
Have a great day and Happy Easter!