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Easter Dress Update

Here are some pictures of how the dresses are coming.

Ellery's still needs a zipper, and all the roses on the bottom. It is so time consuming making the roses, I am putting it off until I finish Callista's. My fingers were raw after making all those flowers and hand sewing them onto the collar. Multiply the collar 15x...it is going to be a project!

Pip's is coming along. The bodice is finished, all I have left is the skirt. It will probably just take a couple more hours.

I told Brent, if only I could make a practice dress, the next would be perfect. Because I don't follow a pattern for many parts of the dress there is a lot of trial and error involved. On these dresses I changed the neck line,added collars, adding roses on bottom and switching to an invisible zipper, altered ties, and changed the way they did the lining. The basic pattern I am using is Simplicity 2767. I begged Callista to let me do the bubble skirt on her dress, like the peach one below, but she wanted nothing to do with it.

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