When I asked Noble what kind of dress she wanted for Easter she couldn't tell me so I asked her to look for something she liked. She found the dress to the right and said she really liked this one; I looked through my patterns to find a starting point, because I can't draft patterns yet.
I found this blouse pattern - Simplicity 5099
And a circle skirt pattern - McCalls M4875;
however when I was cutting out the bodice
I realized that the fabric, a gorgeous yellow
cotton pique, was only 36" wide which
wouldn't accommodate this pattern.
Back in the pattern box I found this lovely pattern and was able to use the bottom for the skirt. I drafted a waist band for connecting the bodice and skirt; and cut out a tie from the blue linen.
And here's the dress! Noble is a modest, virtuous young woman. Isn't she beautiful!
This project really got my creative juices flowing, and even though I have no sewing room to work in, at present, I really enjoyed the challenge of creating this dress. When I told my Mom that I was planning to go back to college and get a degree in Fashion Design, which includes pattern making, she reminded me that I had always wanted to do that as a teen. Somewhere along the way I got distracted by other interesting things and didn't pursue my goal. Well, now I am. I really feel a calling to do this as there is a need for clothing that is elegant, beautiful, classy, AND modest.
The other kind of clothing I've long been interested in is historic clothing. While we were living in Virginia I was able to attend two symposia about historic clothing. Wow, were they fun; one was held in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. I got to meet and listen to several leaders in the field of museum curating. My dream was to create for myself a closetful of clothing representing every era from the 1620 landing of the Mayflower to the New Look of the 1950's. I think motherhood and Halloween costumes got in the way this time. But as the good book says "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1) I'm really hoping that now is my season to pursue my dreams.