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Going to the Chapel

Soëlie and I have two weddings to attend this summer, so I decided I'd make her a dress for the occasion(s). One wedding is in Minneapolis, USA and the other in Carcassonne, France, so I'm pretty sure no one is going to call us out for wearing the same frocks twice... The first wedding is a month off and the second in July, hence why the dress is a little big on her now.

I have a better photo montage than this, but LJ is having a server problem and doesn't want to upload it.  We are leaving tomorrow morning for a 10-day trip to the south of France and I really want to post before we go, so mediocre photo it is. Accessories to follow as I have time to make them:

charlotte dress2
The Charlotte Dress

Made from the pattern/tutorial, generously provided by Jess from "Craftiness Is Not Optional" 

I bought this fabric in Dubai a couple of years ago, intending to have it made into an outfit for me for a wedding.  I never got around to it and then felt the fabric didn't look like "me" any more.  But it is perfect on Soëlie.  The fabric is embroidered and a therefore a bit stiffer than normal, so I had to make some adjustments to the pattern.  Both the bodice and skirt are fully lined--the fabric may be stiffer, but it is extremely thin and some of the embroidery threads were a bit willy-nilly across the back and a danger for Little Miss Kicky Legs.  And, fearing that the gathers would look a bit bulky, I opted for box pleats on the front, two kick pleats on each side in the back, and petal sleeves instead of the gathered cap sleeves.

I'm not a seamstress and I got waaaaay too familiar with my seam ripper on this project, but I'm happy with the result. So was Soëlie. Is it too early for a girl to be interested in clothes? Because, no kidding, she starts wriggling like a puppy every time she gets a new outfit. o.O 


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May. 7th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Not only is the dress adorable...
I'm wondering if you'd have time to meet while you're in Minneapolis. Asking with the full understanding that weddings are time-consuming affairs, and that you may not be here long enough to hook up, but it'd be so fun to meet in person!

- D
May. 7th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Not only is the dress adorable...
I was actually thinking of you when I typed that I'll be in Minnesota. :D

I'll be at the mercy of my friends, whom I'm staying with, but I'll be there for almost two weeks (June 2-14), so it could be possible! Let me know your availability and we'll try to work something out. My friend lives in St. Anthony, btw.
May. 25th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Not only is the dress adorable...
Excellent! St Anthony is only about 15-20 minutes from where I live, depending on where your friend lives in town. I'm free up until the 6th (family coming to town), and happy to drive to meet you for coffee or something. Let me know!

dena dot stoll at gmail dot com :)
- D
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May. 23rd, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
A) Oh my. Sounds a bit like my sister with our guardians. She used to say: I get this when you die! I get that when you die! o.O *lol*

B) Thank you. And twirling! Yes! I'm going to make myself a circle skirt soon and I'm going to act like a dervish in it, I don't care who's looking!
May. 8th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Cute cute!
May. 23rd, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think it is rather cute myself. :D I just hope it isn't baggy on her come the big day(s)!
May. 9th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Beautiful fabric and such a lovely dress! You have skills, my dear :)
May. 23rd, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
hehe. Thanks. My greatest attribute is my tenacity.
May. 23rd, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hey, don't discount the benefits of tenacity!
May. 24th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
Never! Tenacity is my friend. :P
May. 9th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
A seam ripper is a seamstress's best friend ever. *g* And, really, the best tribute is a piece of clothing the recipient wants to wear, yes?
May. 23rd, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
*Proudly holds her seam ripper on high* And yeah, Soëlie is good at giving compliments that way; she never fusses about getting dressed, and she actually seems eager to wear certain things.
May. 9th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank-y y-o-u! :D
May. 9th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Baby fashionista!
May. 23rd, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
She is! Who ever thought I would have a daughter like that. :P
Olivie Ladriere
May. 10th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
félicitations!!! trop jolie cette robe !!! quel talent !! bisous
May. 23rd, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: super!!
Merci, Olivie. Comment va tu?
Olivie Ladriere
May. 27th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Re: super!!
ca va bien et vous? votre puce a l'air vraiment adorable, elle est tres mignonne!!! joli travail en tout cas !!! je suis régulièrement ta page.gros bisous à vous
May. 10th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
Adorable. :-)
(And I don't throw that word around lightly!)
May. 23rd, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, shucks. Thanks, Kev. :D
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