Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on March 30, 2014
I am long overdue for posting pictures which customers have sent me of the dresses they’ve made from my patterns, so I thought I would share some photos today.
This adorable little girl looks like she’s having so much fun in her Liesls’ Dress! Her dress is absolutely perfect on her and she is so, so cute! Her mother writes:
“My mother-in-law just made the children’s version of Leisl’s dancing dress for my almost 6 year old daughter. I purchased the pattern for her a couple of months ago and she just brought my daughter the completed dress yesterday. Ally just loves her dress! I wanted to pass along a couple of pictures of the dress for you to see.
She really loves the dress–especially twirling in it. My mother-in-law doesn’t live in the same town, so they had trouble getting all of the fittings in (I believe she was short a couple), but I think it turned out perfect. The inner layer is a satin-like material with silver sparkles. I wasn’t sure if it would show through, but you can definitely see the sparkles through the chiffon. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show in the pictures. Thank you for offering this pattern. It is beautiful.”
Liesl’s Party Dress
Next, we have several dresses made from my “Liesl’s Party Dress” pattern.
This first version was made by a young lady named Katrina. (It’s not often I hear from someone who shares my name!). She made her beautiful cranberry and ivory version for Christmas 2013, and the finished results are so elegant! She says, “I wanted to send you pictures of my “Liesl’s Party Dress,” which I made in red crepe back satin and cream lace for Christmas. I really enjoyed making it! I’m enjoying following your blog, and I’m looking forward to the release of “Liesl’s Edelweiss Dress” pattern!” Oh yes… Liesl’s Edelweiss Dress – more on that at the end of the blog post.
This lovely ice blue and white organza version (made from the Liesl’s Party Dress Pattern) was sewn by Eden, who shared her thoughts about the project: “For those of you who are like me and can’t stand those “Sew Simple” pattern brands that really turn out to be, “Sew Difficult”, then you will love Edelweiss Patterns! They are amazing! Hands down! I was so surprised to find how easy and explicit the directions are! They’re easy to follow and came along with wonderful step-by-step explanatory drawings. Along with all this, Katrina also put together a page on her website filled with all sorts of helpful tips and hints for sewing this dress. Overall, following the pattern was easy and simple! And as far as the accuracy of the dress, yep! It’s right on! :)”
And for an even more “Sound of Music” themed dress, this girl chose colors for her “Liesl’s Party Dress” that give a nod to the famous line, “Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes”! How fun!!
Her mother sent me the photo and mentioned, “This is a picture of my daughter. She chose to play “My Favorite Things” for her guitar recital and wanted to dress the part. We’re hoping the dress will still fit her next year for her Confirmation. My daughter would be happy for you to share her picture. Thank you so much.”
Maria’s Gazebo Dress
These next photos were sent to me when I was in England last fall, and I was quite excited to open up my inbox and see such a lovely dress made from my “Maria’s Gazebo Dress” pattern. This dress was made by the same seamstress who sewed her own cranberry and ivory lace Christmas dress up above. She does such beautiful work!
An Update on My Next Pattern
And for those of you who have been asking about Liesl’s Edelweiss Dress pattern, first of all I want to thank you for your patience. 2013 was actually the first year since 2009 that I haven’t put out a pattern, due to some very unexpected and unforeseen things that came up in my life which prevented me from being able to put much time into pattern drafting. Sometimes “life happens” even to the most organized of all of us, and last year I had some things I needed to help with for an extended period of time that left me little time for much else.
That being said, yes, the pattern is very close to completion. And no, I don’t know exactly when it will be ready to order. At this point the dress is almost ready for photographs and the pattern is all but finished in size 12 (standard pattern size), but I still need to grade the pattern to the other sizes and write the instructions. I am trying to put in a few hours a week on the pattern right now – sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn’t, but I am sincerely hoping that I can have it ready soon! I am SO EXCITED with the way the dress has turned out!! I think it is probably the most accurate of all the patterns I’ve made as far as reproductions go. And I am looking forward to sharing photos when I get closer to having the pattern printed.
I want to finish by saying a great big, “Thank you!” to all the ladies who have shared these photos of their dresses, to all of you who comment on the blog and send me emails, who repin some of my favorite 1950s pictures on my Pinterest boards, and share my love of beautiful vintage clothing in general. Even though I’ve never met most of you in “real life”, I have been so delighted and amazed over the last several years to hear from such a large number of you about similar interests we share in costuming, vintage dresses, and sewing.
In this fast-paced world where beautiful clothing is nearly extinct, it is comforting to know that I’m not the only person who squeals when I see a stunning 1950s evening gown, who has all the costumes from “Anne of Avonlea” memorized, or who thinks that a wardrobe fashioned after “The Sound of Music” is the ideal choice for today. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only girl who thinks that crinolines should be worn every day in an ideal world, whose idea of good fun is not reading the trashy magazines called “popular” by today’s culture but who would far rather read vintage 1940s fashion magazines, and who would much rather sew her own party dress made to look like a 1950s film costume than go to the mall and buy one of those sorry looking contraptions that passes for a dress nowadays and are often six inches or more above the knee. (Um, “dress”? I don’t think so! :)) Those of us who often hear we were “born in the wrong decade” can have the tendency to wish we were born one hundred years ago (or even seventy years ago), but I for one am thankful that there are so many of us so-called “old fashioned” ladies living today! I think this world needs lots of us who aren’t afraid to wear a 1950s circle skirt and cardigan to the grocery store, who don’t mind standing out for wearing a real hat and vintage gloves, and who would rather be known for wearing more fabric rather than less. Don’t ever feel like you need to fit in with ripped-up jeans and sloppy t-shirts if you don’t want to! I am so thankful for each and every one of you, and I am so much looking forward to sharing more projects with you in the future! Keep up the good work, girls!