Hello Fellow Handmaidens!
Many of you know that I have only been sewing a few years and I still have so much to learn. I have made many mistakes and still do! Over the years, I have gained a lot knowledge but I love the endless creative possibilities that result from blending beautiful fabrics together one stitch at a time.
As I scroll through my social media feeds, I often see gorgeous high quality fabrics come to life as one-of-a-kind stunning garments created by wonderfully talented handmade designers such as Handmaiden's Cottage, Calamity Jane's Cottage, Tippy Toes and Tangles, Corinna Couture, Manini Sunshine, La Petite Mademoiselle and many, many more. For more sewing inspiration and beautiful items to purchase, check out the Landocolors Design Group and Handmade Designer Group. BTW, The Handmaidens Cottage also has a buy, sell, trade group and we have been busy gathering photos of our listings so be sure to join us here: Handmaidens Cottage BST. We welcome you to join us and sell your own garments made with our patterns too!
~**THE INSPIRATION DRESS **~
A while back Lynn had made an Alice Dress and sent it to me to have modeled and photographed. I am lucky enough that my friend and co-worker at my day job has adorable little twins, Esther and Brooke, who are willing to model my creations, are super fun to work with and really bring our garments to life. Aren't they adorable???
Brooke (L) is modeling the modified Tea Party, Beatrice Bloomers, and Reversible Snow Cap. Esther (R) is modeling the Alice Dress. Fabrics are from the Fleurs in Pebble and Fleurs in Peony by Brenda Riddle for Moda. Gray Linen is from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
In the Handmaiden's Cottage Pattern Group, I have admired a few "Tea Party Tunics" and knew that I had to make one. While this is a modified version of the Tea Party Dress and not included in the pattern itself, it was an easy alteration. I also wanted to utilize all the skills that I have acquired so far and make an outfit that really showcased what I have learned as an understudy to the lead Handmaiden, Lynn. So I paired the the Tea Party Bodice and Hop Skip Jumper PDF Pattern skirt measurements cut to length I measured on the girls with the Beatrice PDF Pattern Bloomers and settled on creating a matching hat to go with it using the Reversible Snow Cap PDF Pattern. For the fabric flower on the Snow Cap, I used the free Scarlett Flower Pattern and Tutorial from Sew McCool.
~** MODIFYING THE TEA PARTY DRESS **~
Most of my sewing has been done with digital patterns thus far. For the Tea Party Bodice, I decided to use the Tea Party Dress Printed Pattern. If you haven't used one of the printed patterns from Handmaiden's Cottage, then let me just say this: you NEED to order one! I do love the convenience of a *Instant Download* digital patterns but sometimes it is nice not to have to print pattern pages, tape them together and then cut. The printed version includes one large sheet with all the pattern pieces on a single page. Another added bonus is the Tea Party Dress Printed Pattern comes in a booklet format that was easy to flip back and forth.
My oldest daughter has a tracing light box which was helpful but certainly not necessary if you have good lighting. I placed Reynolds Kitchen Freezer Paper over the pattern and traced so that I could reuse the pattern piece in the future.
Once the bodice and strap fabric pieces were cut, I used this time to layout the trim and ribbons from my stash, pinned them in place and sewed them onto the fabric. After everything was secured, I then stitched the bodice and straps per the pattern instructions and continued on to the skirt.
Using the measurement guide for the Hop Skip Jumper PDF Pattern, I cut the skirt piece out of a gray linen, embellished the fabric and added ruffles before sewing the skirt sides together.
Honestly, deciding on the design layout and sewing them to the main fabric pieces took a good amount of time. I laid out and rearranged the trim and fabrics for a couple days Had I skipped the embellishments the finished outfit would have been a pretty quick sew.
~**COMPLETING THE OUTFIT **~
I also prepared the fabric cuts for the Beatrice PDF Pattern & Bloomers with the trim details prior to assembling the shorts and the Reversible Snow Cap PDF Pattern . There were no changes made to the construction of either of these patterns and both were so easy to make!
The Reversible Snow Cap PDF Pattern is adorable and a great basic sewing pattern to achieve the vintage look I was going for with this outfit. I made the Scarlett Flower Pattern as an interchangeable pin so the hat could be worn without or even change to a different fabric flower pin like I did below.
For the Shabby Chic style fabric flower, I chose linens as they fray easily for that extra shabbiness using the tutorial included in the Tattered Petals & Pettiskirts PDF Pattern for the exterior flowers, the "singed method for the center flowers, added a feather and hot glued to a round felt piece on the back of the flower. I will be making more of the shabby flowers for sure and will share how I made them in a future post with you all.Not only do I love to sew but rather #AllThingsCreative, I really enjoy photography. I use Photoshop quite a bit. To take the guessing game out of editing, the Luxe Lens provides presets, overlays and actions that can be uploaded to Photoshop or Lightroom to easily enhance each photo. I purchased the Luxe Everything Bundle and it was truly worth the small investment. The do have presets for every budget if you are just starting out here.
Before I go, here are a few more photos of the girls for you to enjoy :)
The Tea Party Dress and Beatrice Bloomers ........
The Alice Dress and Romper PDF Pattern includes a tutorial on how to create machine smocking and alphabet embroidery templates.
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