3 Dresses - Done!

Back in April I was all excited to make some new Sunday dresses for our girls. Found patterns, materials and then tried to figure out what fabric to put where. They slowly evolved with two different patterns coming into the picture and a couple of flops but they're done!
1.  Trumpet Flower Dress from Ottobre Summer 2012 size 146/152
It's a very nice dress, all lined and it drapes beautifully but it just fits Anneke.  I had both the bodice front and back measure an inch narrower than the waist and skirt.  Not sure what I did wrong or if the pattern is wrong but that extra inch would've made it fit much better.  Hopefully it'll fit this whole summer.

2. Based on Oliver & S Family Reunion Dress size 7
This is the last one I finished.  I've never bought such an expensive pattern but I'm glad I did!!  I wanted to make a drop waist dress and had a Dutch Knippe pattern that a friends Mom translated for me (very nice!).  I sewed the bodice and the fit was really strange - too tight around the tummy and way to much fabric in the chest.  Then I made a skirt with a peasant style top that just looked awful!  After talking to Alisa and looking around at patterns I thought I could alter the Family Reunion pattern to make what I wanted and it worked!
Great directions and I'm sure I'll be able to use the pattern a few more times.

3. Burda 9545 size 5
This one I could've made a size bigger but it does fit.  I've made this pattern a couple times before a few years ago but with the sleeves.  I love how it's so nicely finished on the inside with no seams showing.


  1. Gorgeous all together!! Can't wait to see them all dressed up for the wedding.

    Sorry the Knippie pattern didn't work out. Now that it's all translated and traced, I think when Abigail's a bit older I may try it in a knit. Might work a little better. :)

  2. The dresses are so pretty! I love what you did with the Family Reunion dress.:)

  3. They look really good, Suzanne! My girls will be very light and yours will be darker. :-)

  4. nice work Suzanne! I like them all :)

  5. Beautiful dresses. I like how they coordinate with each other. I hope eventually you'll post photos with the girls wearing their dresses.

  6. I was thinking what you said about the Ottobre. I rarely have trouble with fit with Ottobre patterns. And then it dawned on me. For ottobre patterns you have the add the seam allowances. Did you add them to your pattern?