05 April 2012

A Village Frock for Easter

I did it!  I finally made a Village Frock!

This dress is intended for Dolly's Easter dress.  I'm not sure how I managed to get it together with the house, but I did.  I'm tickled with how it came out.
I've wanted to make a Village Frock since I saw Dana's (and this one!).  However, it was already out of print by the time I had learned of them.  Fast foward to last year, and a dear reader offered to send me a copy, from Spain no less!  Thank you so much, Maria.  :)

The fabric is from Tanya Whelan's Delilah line.  I purchased it on sale last winter in hopes of making a dress for Dolly.

Here is a detail of the buttons.  I used fabric scraps from Sister's Jump Rope Dress for the buttons.  I found my covered button kit on etsy.  I reduced the number of buttons to five, just because I like odd numbers.  I also sewed the bottom of the opening closed for modesty issues.

I added topstitching along the yokes and gathered sleeves.  It looks nice, and reinforces my hand stitching.

I also added a contrast hem for fun.  I thought a little bit of blue peeking out would be fun.  I made it similarly to the hem on my Portfolio dress.

Here's another picture of the final product.  I'm happy it's done!  Don't be intimidated by the gathered yoke and sleeves.  This dress is essentially a fancy peasant dress.

I'm also working on a dress for Sister.  I seem to be thinking in peasant dress shapes lately, and hers is loosely based on Leila and Ben's Sweet Dress, and my Banded Peasant Blouse Tutorial.  Can't wait to show it off, and I'm crossing my fingers I finish it before Sunday!  (Done!  Check it out HERE.)

If you need a fun late minute Easter basket idea, you might want to try my Fabric Easter Basket Tutorial.  Sadly, we probably won't be using ours this year, because they are buried in the storage unit.

Sharing with The Train to Crazy, KoJo DesignsCreation Corner, and Freckled Laundry.

Wahoo!  Featured on KoJo Designs and Creation Corner.

14 happy thoughts:

Maria said...

Congratulations! what a lovely dress.

Rebecca said...

This is so pretty! I need to get some of the Delilah fabric line as my youngest is named Delilah. :)

nest full of eggs said...

I really like how your dress turned out :D
it's too bad that sewing pattern is out of print :(

Melissa said...

Love, love, love the fabric - what a sweet spring and Easter dress. I don't know how you did it with the house either - Great Job Mom!!

freckled laundry said...

That's beautiful, Chris. I love the gathered neck (yoke) and sleeves. I'm on a peasant dress kick too! I haven't made any yet but I swear on a stack that I JUST added about 6 patterns to my Etsy cart. Too funny. I can't wait to see Sis's dress too. Do you buy your fabric locally? We have a nice quilt shop that carries Amy Butler and some other nice ones but twice now, you've mentioned lines that I've never heard of. I purchase on Etsy sometimes too. Just curious. That fabric gorgeous & I love the buttons & hem.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

So cute, Chris! Great job! I love the contrast hem peeking out... awesome idea. Hope you enjoyed your Easter :)

Michele Pacey said...

I love the fabric and buttons and gathers and hem. Okay, I like everything about the dress, I guess. :)

How you're finding time to make dresses with the house project going on is beyond me. My hero!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

It's really wonderful how sewists come together and share patterns. I have read so much about this pattern, it is really is a beautiful frock.

Tasha said...

Oh, I just LOVE it Chris! It turned out so beautiful. I am sure your daughter just adores it too. I love the blue under hem. What a fun idea. You are amazing. I hope you got your other one done :)

Kari said...

This came out so sweet! I'm doing some major catch-up reading back through a bunch of your projects and you have been one very busy lady. Love love love everything you've been doing!

Craft and Creativity said...

Beautiful dress and great fabric!

Sarah said...

This is so lovely + I'm so jealous that you got your hands on the Village Frock pattern!!

Misty said...

aww, what a lovely finished dress!!

I, like you, am late to the Village Frock following but am totally engrossed and am now on a mission to find a copy lol here's hoping that it won't take too long or my little lady might wind up with a doll dress instead ;-)

chris said...

@MistyThere is a "free" (50 cent download) pattern that is very similar. Here's a link:
Brooklyn Frock

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