Violette Field Threads — Emmaline Dress

25 Nov

Girls at Bayfront

 

Last month, my sister got married. Being the wonderful sister and loving aunt that I am, I volunteered to make the flower girl dresses for my two nieces. I must say, sewing for someone else was very enjoyable, especially when the someone is kid-sized. Fitting for a child is so much easier than fitting for a grown woman.

 

Girls by fence

Plus, who wouldn’t want to make something for those two cute girls? They were so excited about their “long” dresses.

 

Emmaline1_large

 

The pattern I used was the Emmaline dress by Violette Field Threads. I originally found the pattern via a food blog that I follow (funny, huh?). When I first saw it, I didn’t have a specific plan in mind, other than it would be really cute on Mary Catherine and Sarah. Then my sister announced her engagement and the plan was born.

 

All the girls

 

To make matters even more simple, Katie chose navy and pink as her colors and the cover photo for this dress is shown in a cute pink and white chevron, exactly the same fabric Katie wanted (Riley Blake pink chevron fabric here). To tie in the navy, I added a grosgrain ribbon sash to each dress.

 

Mom and girls

This pattern is very straightforward. The sizes are true and the instructions are very clear with color photo illustrations. My only gripe was with the bulk and weight of all three layers of ruffle. Sewing two rows of basting stitches really isn’t a good method for this much fabric so next time I will zigzag over a piece of floss to gather.

I also found the skirt of the dress to be pretty heavy, pulling down on the bodice and causing the hem to drag. To fix this (partially), I put an elastic stay around the waist by sewing a piece of elastic a little smaller than the waist measurement to the waist seam of the dress. The sash also helped to hold the dress up.

Otherwise, this dress is quick and easy to sew up and little girls love the glamorous long length!

Misc Wedding Collage

I French braided both of my niece’s hair and Katie’s hair stylist added baby’s breath to the braids. I also helped my sister with her party favors — three batches of homemade peach jam in cute 1/4 pint jars, all made in a 3 hour sprint in my kitchen.

Beautiful Bride

And because I have a beautiful sister, a few photos to finish off the post. Don’t you love that dress?!?

15 Responses to “Violette Field Threads — Emmaline Dress”

  1. Polly McClure November 25, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I’m exhausted after reading this..I still think you have magical powers. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. The dresses are so presh.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD November 25, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Thanks, Polly! No magical powers that I know of… :)
      Hope you have a great Thanksgiving as well!

  2. Judi November 25, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Your sister’s wedding gown is beautiful!!! Your nieces dresses are adorable! What little girl wouldn’t feel special in that dress? …and with French braids…awesome!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD November 25, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Thank you so much, Judy! It was fun sewing for them. So fun, I may even think about doing it again… :)

  3. sewexhausted November 25, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Gorgeous dresses and girls! I used to love sewing little girl dresses for my 3 daughters but alas they are all grown… so I have to sew the full sized versions! ;) ~Laurie

    • Susie Homemaker, MD November 25, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Thank you so much, Laurie! Sewing for the girls was definitely fun and less stress than sewing for me! :)

  4. Glenda Ganus November 26, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    You are certainly talented! The dresses (and the girls) are adorable! Katie was a beautiful bride! I know you made her extremely happy helping with all those things!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD November 26, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks, Glenda! They were all very pretty in their dresses. Have you been doing any sewing for little ones??

      • Glenda Ganus November 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

        I have finished hand quiting a quilt–except for the binding. I had to clean the sewing machine off the dining room table since I am cooking for Thanksgiving. I hope to try my hand at something after the holidays. I am not good at sewing but have decided I can make something simple.

      • Susie Homemaker, MD November 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

        You definitely can! It is not as hard as you think, especially if you start with something easy. Would love to see a photo of your quilt! Happy Thanksgiving and love you!

  5. Lynn November 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    WOW! Gorgeous dresses, and Katie is beautiful! What a fun time!

  6. Goodbye Valentino December 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    The dresses are so darling! I hope they can wear the dresses a lot until they’re too small. Good job :)

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