We have had family visiting, and you'll never guess....we went to the BILTMORE! Ha ha! We are getting our money's worth out of those season passes. I won't post a gazillion pics of flowers, just a few more neat vintage luggage shots.
On the way over there we hit some secondhand stores, and a thrifting/sewing dream of mine was realized when I happened upon a shop that had a whole bunch of 40s (most in my size) patterns as well as some very cute 50s/60s stuff for $1 each. I bought twenty some-odd patterns- quite a steal! (It's a slightly better view anyway, Portia! It's okay- I like to see the goodies you hunt out too!)
The next day, we colored Easter eggs. I haven't done that in years, and it was a lot of fun!
And, as if there weren't enough going on, I decided to sew new dresses for the bunny and I! I had already begun her dress, but as for mine, I disassembled a dress I found thrifting, recut the fabric for my new pattern, and decided to fully line it.
|It began life as a Jessica McClintock for Gunne Sax style 80s does 50s dress|
|Add McCall's 9746 from 1969 (borrowed pic- buy this pattern here)|
|And we ended up with this!|
This dress has a "bra top," it is interfaced, lined, and fitted very snugly. As I said, I decided to line the whole thing, and it was my first time doing a fully lined dress. I also made fabric covered buttons for the front. I like the style a lot, and the empire waist/a line combo allowed me to cram in the maximum amount of my MIL's yummy Easter food! Gremel's little dress has lace on the collar, bunny applique', and I hemmed both dresses and inserted the zippers by hand. In fact, with the lining in mine, I did a fair amount of hand stitching, and all in all it came out pretty well.
|Seems harder, but it's actually easier for me to get a nice, unpuckery result|
|The pattern for Bunny's dress- |
I used an applique from another pattern that I found yesterday thrifting- what luck!
|Excuse the wrinkles, I took this after she wore it|
Yeah, it was kinda crazy. I sewed until late last night, and then I woke up and sewed for a few hours today! It was fun though, and well worth it because we got some really nice Easter family photos.
I really hope you had a wonderful holiday as well- with loved ones, in your part of the world, with your special traditions. Now to rest my hands and arms up for some more stitching, gardening, and baby hugging. Goodnight!