I just realized I never shared the pictures of the naughty nieces in their Easter dresses that I made them. Remember those Sweetheart dresses that I made? Well the moment I saw this fabric I knew I wanted to do kind of a spin on that.
I really love how the whale cut out turned out. It was so fun watching the girls chase around for eggs in them.
I just used the same Sweetheart dress pattern but instead of using the heart shape I traced one of the whales on the fabric. I washi taped some fabric to a window and then put a piece of paper over that to make it easier to trace. This ended up being smaller than I wanted the hey hole to be so I just drew a margin around to try to increase the size.
You can make virtually any shape by doing the same thing. Keep in mind that the more simple the shape the easier it will be. Also don’t forget to snip around all the curves and points. I had to do a lot more clipping for the whale than I did for the heart. I’m not going to go into how to do all the keyhole stuff because it’s a bit complicated and Shannon does such a good job explaining I don’t think I could do it justice. Even if you don’t plan on doing the dresses the pattern is totally worth it to learn this technique.
I also added flutter eyelet sleeves and I really like how it turned out. I took a couple pieces of gathered eyelet and put it between the two layers of the fabric before I top stitched the edge to close up the arm hole. I had purchased cute yellow buttons to put down the front but once I had them sewn on I just didn’t like how it looked so I snipped them off.
Oh and aren’t the baskets that my sister made fantastic? All she did was tie tulle around the edge of the baskets.
I can’t believe how big they are getting. Even from last Easter they just seem so much older.