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The Dress

Well, here it is: The Dress.  It's Butterick 4569.  I'm really quite pleased with how it came out and I think Willow is even more pleased.  And how big she looks!  This is the size seven, though, so I know she is not too big.  I did add some length to the ruffle (oh, that ruffle!).  Eleven buttonholes weren't so bad to sew on by hand, though it also helps that the fabric camouflages the stitches.

Colonial Dress

The bonnet is forthcoming, so Willow is wearing one from the Maple Festival.
She is so proud of this little purse, too, that we found in the bag of notions.
It was full of tiny beads that I quickly whisked away.

In the Cemetery

We went to the Mt. Zion UMC yesterday for pictures and reflections.
It's another Mt. Zion UMC (you can see the other here), though still very, very old.
Many of the first families of our county have eighteenth century graves here.


Back at home, Willow showed the full range of motion in this dress.  The children spent a long time listening to Mr. Bojangles and spinning around.  It was such a happy time.  This dress also works for cartwheels, since it has pantaloons, though I was a little nervous about the lace cuffs.  Still, I have enough lace in my notions to make repairs when needed.

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( 11 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 23rd, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
Very pretty! Good job!! :)
Jun. 24th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jun. 23rd, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Fantastic dress! Great job!

N saw the pictures and said, "Wait, when did Willow turn 22?" Good question.
Jun. 24th, 2016 11:06 am (UTC)
Haha. Yes, good question. Thank you!
Jun. 24th, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
I love it! I would have adored a dress like that at her age... I was all about being Laura from Little House back then. :) Who am I kidding? I still would love a dress like that. ;) I find my desire to dress up old-fashioned has not really faded with the years...

I love that old grave yard. What a special treasure.
Jun. 24th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! Me, too. Willow has said I have to make myself a dress like it for Halloween, so I suppose I'll get my wish. ;-) It is a special place.
Jun. 24th, 2016 09:38 am (UTC)
Oh!! I love it!! My inner 7-year-old just squealed a bit over these pictures! 😊
Jun. 24th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Jun. 24th, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, Brandy, the dress is beautiful! You really do deserve a merit badge - look at that ruffle! Willow looks lovely, and so happy. The old church and picket fence are such a nice setting. :) Stacey
Jun. 24th, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
The dress is GORGEOUS!
Jun. 26th, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
Wow! What a fine job you did! Willow looks so lovely in it--I would have loved a dress like that when I was a little girl. Actually, I would love a dress like that NOW.♥

( 11 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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