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Handmade Easter

For those who celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! As a little girl I always got a new spring dress to wear on Easter Sunday and it’s a tradition I just can’t shake. The past few years, I haven’t been able to get a new outfit for Easter for whatever reason, but this year I was determined to not only make something for the kids, but to make something for me too. You’ve seen sneak peaks on instagram and facebook if you follow me there, but I wanted to do a round up here with all the details.

I posted a while back about pattern testing the Lorelei dress from E-Beth Designs. I had another dress/fabric picked out for her, but since so many people commented that this one would make a good Easter dress, I went with it!

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

The fabric was an Alexander Henry I got at JoAnn’s, along with the matching Kona Cotton solid. You can get the Lorelei pattern here.

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

For my son, I used the Classic Oxford Pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop {affiliate}.

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Mr. T picked out the fabric and buttons at F&M Fabrics himself (now online as thefabricmarket.com) and we were pleasantly surprised that he almost matched his cousins exactly!

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Then…at the last minute, I was able to pull a dress together for myself! I got my fabric from F&M Fabrics in the same shopping trip as my son. I had taken another dress pattern to the store but when I saw this fabric, I really loved it and decided it didn’t fit the dress pattern that I originally had in mind.

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

I ended up using this free multi-sized pattern (did you hear that, FREE) by Honigdesign. It’s called the Garden Party Dress. You’ll want to click here to see the original versions. I altered the neckline and made it sleeveless, but the original pattern has some great features and it’s a dress you can make in different fabrics and sleeve lengths to wear year round! Believe me, you will want to have it in every color!

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

It was a wonderful day with an outside service at church, time with family and yummy food. I hope your day was just as great! I’d love to see your handmade Easter outfits too – feel free to leave me a comment to let me know what you made!

Happy Easter 2014 | JaimeSews

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The Lorelei Dress

Kids Clothes Week starts TODAY! Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see what I’m up to this week and I’d love to see your KCW creations too!

I am so thrilled to have connected with pattern designer Elizabeth Shepherd of E-Beth Designs. When she put out the call for testers for The Lorelei Dress, I was thrilled to be accepted! Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

The Lorelei is perfect for Easter and will last you all summer. It is a fitted dress with a yolk an empire waist and an optional sash that makes into a wonderfully large bow.Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

The dress is fully lined and has a row of gathered netting/tulle sewn into the skirt lining that gives it some body & movement for a retro feel. There is a zipper in this dress and some hand sewing on the yolk facing, so if you’re ready to take the next step in your sewing, this would be a great choice.Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

It’s  just a classic, beautiful design that can be made fancier with satin and lace, or for every day in cottons & eyelet. Be sure to check out the E-Beth Designs blog post featuring all the tester dresses to see this design made up in other fabrics and styles.Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

Click here to see the doll version of The Lorelei Dress pattern and a sneak peak of the Women’s dress in the works at the bottom of the post!