Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Easter Dress

I finished my Easter dress just in time to wear on Easter Sunday! I used a pattern I have made before - the Bebe dress pattern from Sew Serendipity. The fabric is Anna Maria Horner cotton voile that I bought from and has been sitting in my stash for over a year. I had actually planned on making myself a dress using the Bebe pattern with this fabric for Easter. Sometimes I change my mind when it comes to fabric and patterns!

This was my first time working with cotton voile and I didn't realize how sheer it was until I started cutting out the pieces. After reading this post from Sewaholic, I decided to underline my dress rather than line it. I did this for several reasons...I thought it would be easier to underline the bodice since the front has darts and the process was easier to wrap my head around especially since the original pattern did not provide instructions for underlining. It is a very easy process and Tasia explains it very well in her post!

After reading about lining fabrics, I decided to try cotton batiste because it is a lightweight cotton and it is very soft. The dress feels so nice to wear!! I bought the cotton batiste from when it was on sale. Since it was 60" wide fabric I thought I could get away with buying 1.5 yards instead of 2.75 as the pattern calls for. It took some creativity to lay the pieces out just right, but it worked with hardly a scrap left to spare!

I added a hemband on the bottom of the dress using some heavier black cotton. It helps the skirt hang nicely by giving it some weight. The sleeves have a hemband as well.

We found a beautiful location to stop and take pictures on our way home from church on
Easter! The weather was absolutely gorgeous too!

I made the gathered version instead of the pleated version for this dress. I like the fitted empire waistline and the flowy skirt. It has just the right amount of gathers without being overly poofy either. The sleeves have a slight gather too, which I like. The fabric is just perfect - I love the voile and I would definitely use it in clothing projects again!
 The dress has an invisible zipper down the back. The more dresses I make with invisible zippers, the more I enjoy putting them in! I'm getting so much better at them too. In my first Bebe dress, the zipper broke and I had to tear it out and start over. This time it went in without any bumps in the road and it is nearly invisible if you don't look too closely. Also, the zipper looks so nice and finished at the top! It's so great!!
I was so happy with how well the zipper turned out! Practice makes perfect!
This will be the perfect summer dress and I can't wait to wear it more often. It is so comfortable!
 I hope you all had a lovely and blessed Easter!


  1. I found your blog on Skirt Fixation! Your dress is beautiful -- it really looks like a fab summer dress.


  2. Beautiful Easter Dress! I love, love, love the fabric. Voile is nice to wear in the summer too. Great job with the zipper. I hope you had a lovely Easter with your family too :)

  3. What a darling dress! Thanks for linking up to Challenge Create:Adult Edition. I love the dark accents, they add a touch of sophistication!

  4. Your dress is beautiful, Elizabeth!!! What gorgeous fabric and finished perfectly with the black band. Love it.

  5. This is fabulous! It's perfect on you. I'd love to see you join us at the Inspire Us Thursdays link party on

  6. Nice dress!! I like this fabric print!!

  7. Elizabeth, I just found your blog through your mom's FB page. You look so much like her, and you are sooo talented! Congrats!
    I was just looking at this site (that sells patterns customized to your measurements, submitted online), and it has some similarities to yours. Are you familiar with this site and, if so, what is your experience with their patterns? (maybe an idea for a future post?)

    I'm subscribing to your blog... look forward to seeing more!