I kind of miss the days of my 3 girls all wearing matching smocked dresses on Easter Sunday but I don't miss the late night of finishing everything up the Saturday before (only to have them rip the hems out right away). This year I kept things very simple and fairly quick. I wanted Sofia to have a new skirt since her wardrobe is the one that could use the most updating (and she had to spend the first 12 years of her life in her sisters' hand me downs). She picked some great fabrics and told me she wanted pleats.
I put the skirt together lickety split but when she tried it on she asked where the pleats were. Ugh, in my focus on getting the size right I had forgotten the pleats. I felt terrible since she doesn't ask for much so I ripped the front of the lining out, split the skirt down the front and added two pleats. I'm so happy I messed it up because the final result was so much cuter than the plain pleats would've been. She likes it too (whew!). I'm just wishing I'd had time to make a cute blouse to go with it but that will have to wait.
The guys all got bow ties (my camera battery died before I could snap a decent picture of Joey's). I used my Mr. Hipster pattern and everything came together to quickly. Asher actually hated wearing it and I was informed by his sister that he came out of his class at church and said "just kill me now". Tempting buddy. Skate, on the other hand, is always looking for more ways to draw attention to himself so he was quite happy to look dapper.
I ended up staying home with a stomach ache but that gave me some quiet time to put something together for myself. I'm continually trying to improve this blouse pattern and I think I'm getting pretty close to being done with it. The ruffles are a little to abundant in my opinion, but I think I'll really have it figured out by the next one. I got this fabric at Bolt in Portland last summer and it's absolutely perfect for Arizona. Light and breezy without being see through (it's a very fine striped fabric). I love the quilting fabric at bolt but my favorite stuff is the garment fabric and Liberty fabric they carry. Great stuff (and I have another fabric I got there recently that I'm getting ready to play with).
And I was so thrilled to see Sarah Jackson's version of my Sunny Scallop Dress over on her blog! Great fabric, sweet review, and the cutest little girl around! Yay! Go take a look! Monday just got better.
Come back Wednesday because it'll be my turn to take part in the blog tour for Patty Young's new Sewing Modkid Style book (and yes, they are letting me give away a copy!).