A little behind as usual, I'm finally sharing our Easter portraits.
I did make Aurora's dress this year (actually I made it for a wedding before easter), but I tried to just follow a pattern. Honestly, I really tried.
The pattern is Kyoko by Patti Young. I've had it for quite some time and been meaning to make one. Aurora actually picked the main fabric herself about a year ago. I think she like how it looked golden. It's Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner.
I'll start by saying I love the look of this dress. It's darling. The only significant change I made was I didn't make the skirt in alternating panels. I put one contrast panel in the front and then two sides of the main fabric. The biggest challenge was cutting because I didn't have a lot of excess and I wanted to match up the pattern and make it symmetrical. I was a little disappointed in the list of fabric requirements because it just said 1 1/6 yard of fabric, but since it is shown sewn out of 2 different fabrics, it should have said how much for each. But I think she's fixed it on later versions and it now seems to call for a lot more fabric so I don't feel bad that I definitely needed more than I originally bought. However, it did claim that you needed 1 yard of fabric to make your own bias tape which was way, way, too much.
Once I got over these minor issues, the sewing was quite easy. Diagrams and photos are very clear and really, because I have experience in garment sewing, I didn't have to more than glance at them.
I think it turned out great. I had to do the hair in two buns cause it's just so stinkin' cute with the dress. I do wish it was about 3-4" longer. Aurora is barely a size 7 and that's what I made, but I think it being shorter makes it less formal. I was going to add length but I didn't have enough fabric anyway.
For Theo I made a tie from my Kingdom fabric that matches the bow on her dress. He was clear he wanted blue even though I wanted something golden like her dress.
And here is the whole happy family. My husband gets frustrated that I make everyone stand through the portraits, but I'm always so glad I did when I have one like this where we all look our best. Are they better than spontaneous fun pictures? No, but nice nonetheless.