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I recently had the privilege of making Grace Carmen a special gift: her First Communion dress. Grace was in my kindergarten class two years ago and is the oldest of three children. Her parents are very involved with our school and volunteer in their children's classes as well as on our PTA. Her dad heads our All Pro Dads events each month. Her little sister Kate is in my kindergarten class this year. I made Kate the Birds and Butterflies dress I made for my first Project Run and Play sew-along entry earlier this year. (See it here.)
Grace is a bright and beautiful little girl with very definite opinions on what she should wear. When it was time to decide what this very special dress should look like, I didn't sit down with Grace's mother to design it. I sat down with Grace.
|Our sketch. I measured both Grace and Kate so both are on this paper. So as not to confuse myself, I highlighted Grace's measurements.|
As you can see, I faithfully followed the design we came up with together. Grace is a small, very slender child. The bodice was made twice! The sleeves, too. Even with the measurements and carefully tracing the pattern (basic square yoke) on the lines to accommodate her size, the first bodice I made was too wide and two short. I ended up drafting my own bodice and adapting the sleeve pattern I had to fit. Making those pieces took me longer to draft than I care to admit! I so admire those who regularly draft their children's clothing!
The back of the dress has a five button closure, Swiss trim sash keepers, and a lace placket. I know that no one can see the lace placket but I know it is there!
Another view of the dress showing just how long it is.
Grace and her family were very pleased with the dress and that made me very happy! I attended the First Communion service and loved seeing Grace in her special dress. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera! Grace's mommy has emailed me a few of the photos they took. I'll post pictures of Grace in the dress soon, after they have been resized, etc.
Have a wonderful day!