Easter Finery

Spring is here!

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I enjoyed sewing coordinating outfits for my children for as long as they would tolerate it!  This has to be one of my all-time favorite photos of them together.  It was taken in 1990.

Easter 1990

Their outfits were made of Imperial broadcloth, and the smocking plate was “Cottontail Bunnies 3” by Mollie Jane Taylor.

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David’s pattern was (maybe?) Children’s Corner Jeffrey, but it is not lined, so I’m not sure if that was the pattern I used.

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I used tiny piping on the collar and fake cuffs, as well as along the top and bottom of the smocked insert.

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I omitted the top and bottom rows of the smocking plate.  Aren’t those fluffy little tails cute?!

Here’s a picture from 1997 of my nephew in the outfit.

Mark Sweany 1997

I’m not sure what, if any, pattern I used for Annie’s blouse and dress.

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(I’m also not sure what that glare is on the lower part of some of these photos.  It’s my photography abilities, not the garments!)

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Her bunnies had pink tails, and the collar and cuffs were trimmed with gathered Swiss edging, as well as piping.

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And even though they weren’t visible when worn, her dress had mother-of-pearl flower buttons.

The next two outfits were from the next year, I think, and probably the last time they wore matching duds.

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This dress was (maybe) a New Look pattern, but again, I’m not sure.  The fabric was a print cotton, and looking back, I think, “Wow, why didn’t I pick a prettier color than that grayed-down lavender?!”

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The collar shadow embroidery is from a Wendy Ragan design in an early issue of Sew Beautiful, stitched on, and lined with, Imperial batiste.

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Then, turn around!

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I made the collar to fit the Swiss motif.

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What a sweet embroidery design!

David’s shirt is double-breasted to match Annie’s dress.  He probably had blue pants or shorts to go with this.

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It is Imperial broadcloth, and the collar is Imperial batiste. I have no idea of the pattern, if any.

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The light blue trim along the collar is not an applied edging, but a narrow shadow embroidered strip.

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The back has boy bunnies instead of girl bunnies!

Now, I haven’t sewn Easter outfits in a long, long time.  But a few years ago, I did dress up some Peeps for a surprise package for Annie! 🙂

Easter Peeps 2012-2

French lace and pearl buttons, of course!

5 thoughts on “Easter Finery

  1. Happy Easter Susan!!!! Love seeing your wonderful clothes. So lovely, and the dress color on the 2nd dress is soft and lovely. I so enjoying your posts!! Very Inspirational !!!!
    Hugs!!! Mary Hawkins
    (almost iris time)🌷

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  2. I love your posts. Cute kids. What sweet pictures. I loved Wendy Ragan’s designs. I too did some for my daughter. Happy Easter!!

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