Flowers, flowers

Liberty Irma Easter DressI talk often of my love of flowers. This time of year East Tennessee is just brimming with life, flowers exploding from their buds, and greenery as far as the eye can see. The sun is shining, and the earth is illumined with beauty. I love to pay tribute to the beauty that’s all around when I make whether its clothing or quilts or something else. That’s why I’m always sewing with floral fabrics! Liberty Irma easter dress

Layla’s Easter dress was made with a lovely Liberty fabric from DuckaDilly called Irma. Its such a light and pretty painterly floral and I thought it was perfect for Spring. Liberty Irma easter dress

This dress began as a modified bodice from the Building Block Dress book (amazingly good resource!) My girl is a very little nine years old, and the bodice is a size 6. Liberty Irma easter dress

After that I added sleeves which I got from the Buttoned-Up Buttoned-Down shirt. I shortened them, and then added ruffles. I’m sure I could have used a sleeve from the Building Block Dress book, but I used what I had sitting here which was the shirt sleeve. Liberty Irma easter dress

The gathered skirt was made with the full width of Liberty fabric, and then I added a ruffle double that length. The bodice and main part of the skirt are fully lined with this Robert Kaufman washed lawn. Liberty Irma easter dress

The zipper is a bit unconventional, but in the name of using what I had rather than going to buy something else, I chose to use this scalloped decorative zipper. The white matches up better than it appears in the photos. The full zipper is exposed, and really does add an unexpected pop. I think it fits my girl pretty well. Liberty Irma easter dress

I made up the design of the dress as I went. I wanted to make something a bit different for Layla this time because she is getting older and so very mature. She is also quite thin, so its not the easiest thing in the word to make her dresses that look like they are for a “big girl”. This was meant to have a loose fit and just feel easy to wear, and she said it felt great. I think its a look that is feminine without being for a baby. She’s pleased and that’s all that matters to me!http://www.jonesandvandermeer.com/products/robert-kaufman-sophia-washed-lawn-ice-beige-53-wide.html

Join me back here on Friday when we’ll be picking back up with the Beginner Quilt Series. We took a brief pause last week for Good Friday, but we are back on schedule this week! See you then.

-Meredith

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