I finished my kids outfits just in the nick of time for Easter and I was completely in love with these makes and so excited to share with you all. Then, my computer crashed. The hard drive was totally dead and in the process I lost access to all my Adobe programs that we’ve had for years. Which means not only did I not have a computer, but I didn’t have Photoshop or Illustrator. Two programs I use for every post. Honestly, it sort of crushed my motivation to blog. But, a little bit of time off, a new computer and a new annual subscription to all the Adobe programs I use regularly got me ready to start posting again. And, up first are my kids Easter outfits. For my daughter, I sewed up the June Dress by Violette Field Threads and for my boys, I sewed up a couple Schoolboy Vests by Sew Much Ado.
The June Dress was actually my first Violette Field Threads pattern to sew up. I’ve been eyeing their patterns pretty much since I started sewing for my daughter. I don’t know what took me so long. The June Dress is such a beautiful pattern. I love that the elastic piece in the back makes this dress a slip on dress; no zippers or button closures! The elastic piece also makes the dress super fitted around the waist while still being comfortable for my daughter. It’s a beautiful fit. The construction was easy to follow and overall had a pretty good finish. I did add french seams to the skirt pieces and next time I will find a way to make sure the skirt can be tucked into the bodice main and lining. The way it’s constructed now the waist seam is showing on the inside. Not a big deal, but I prefer to tuck in my seams if possible. Just slight changes will need to be done when attaching the back elastic piece to allow for tucked in seams.
Before I decided on the June Dress, I had already decided on the fabric I wanted to use for my daughter’s Easter dress. This Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. print is so classic and beautiful. I knew it would pair perfectly with the Navy linen I used for my boy’s vests. I was happy to discover the striped linen I used on the lining of the boy’s vests coordinated perfectly as well.
My daughter is tall and slender, so I did make some adjustments to the original pattern. My daughter’s measurements are 23, 21, 25.5. I sewed up a size 6 at the chest graded to a 5 at the waist and the skirt since it’s flared. I also lengthened both the bodice and skirt pieces to the size 8 length. Everything fit perfectly.
Pattern: June Dress by Violette Field Threads
For my boys I sewed up two Schoolboy Vests by Sew Much Ado. This is the 3rd time I have sewn them vests with this pattern and I have made several for friends and family as well. It’s the perfect pattern and never fails me. My youngest currently loves wearing his vests day to day, so I knew I wanted to choose a fabric that could be dressed up for Easter, but could also be super casual as well. Linen was the perfect choice. I found this medium weight linen at Mood Fabrics and it was perfect for this vest. This particular linen is available in a ton of different colors, so I’m actually considering making a couple more vests for my youngest since he loves them so much. I would almost classify it as a heavy weight linen. Not quite as heavy as a linen you would use for upholestry, but it’s certainly pretty sturdy for a linen. The weight works perfectly for this fitted vest. The lining is a striped lighter weight linen also found at Mood.
I can’t recommend the Schoolboy Vest pattern enough. Seriously, if you have boys, you need this pattern. It’s a super simple sew. The most challenging is putting in the welt pockets, but Abby’s directions are so clear you really can’t mess it up. The first time I sewed these up, it was probably my 6th apparel sewing project and my welts turned out perfect.
Pattern: Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Fabric: Ensign Blue Medium-Weight Linen and Blue Candy Striped Light Weight Linen for lining
I had it in my head to take photos of all 3 of my kids in their Easter outfits and get that perfect picture of all 3 of them together. My plans failed completely and the best I got was this one with the 3 of their backs and my daughter’s hem flipped up. My kids don’t mind getting their picture taken, but it’s definitely on their terms. Unfortunately, they were not interested in standing together facing me at the same time the afternoon we took these photos. There’s always next year.