A Special Sewing Task

October 4, 2013

A few years ago, I met a pretty amazing woman, who commissioned me to take some very sentimental clothes of hers and make a few dresses for a child she did not yet have. It turns out she was 2 years into a 5 year process of adopting a child from China, and not only any child, but a special needs little girl. She told me there was no rush so to take my time.  Cut to 3 years later, I’ve moved from Charleston (where she lives) to Pittsburgh and I still hadn’t made the dresses.  We’ve kept in touch over this time, sporadically, sending emails to check in. I moved and kept her clothes with me in my car because I was so worried that they would get lost in the move. Inspiration for the dress above came from here.

I don’t do well when I don’t have a deadline, but she recently emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me her daughter was finally coming – in 2 months! I panicked, partially because I felt some pressure to make these clothes amazing, and partially because I don’t do well when I DO have a deadline.  It’s not very practical, my issue with deadlines.

In any case, I went to it and feel very happy with the results.  What I had to work with (of course I didn’t even think to take a pic of the before) was a very tulle filled wedding dress, a silk skirt, a double layer chiffony/organzy wrap skirt, a pair of brown cords and a few sweaters.  Her only request was to have one dress up dress using part of the wedding dress, but I wanted to come up with something a little less traditional. Here’s what I came up with.  I hope they all fit and I hope she loves them.


This one was an attempt to do something in vain of this anthropologie sweater dress.



The pattern for this one is View 34 from this japanese pattern book
Excuse the terrible picture but I followed this tutorial with some modifications.


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