Saturday, June 19, 2010

India's White Batiste Dress

Last week was so crazy busy that I forgot 
to post more info on India's graduation dress.

Notice her gorgeous cameo and matching earrings.
They were gifts from her Aunt Hrisula and Uncle Lee.
They are antique and vintage and perfect for our girl!
She is crazy about them!!
She wanted her dress to be kind of a cross between Maria from
West Side Story and 

And since the India was to be wearing her
graduation cap and gown over the dress and sitting 
in the hot sun on the football field during the ceremony,
I wanted to make the dress as light as possible.

So, we made the dress out of white Swiss embroidered batiste 
and lined it in white Pima batiste.
I added a lining to the skirt and used 
two different kinds of Cluny lace.

I am kind of on a Cluny lace kick lately.
It is so soft and pretty and vintagey looking.

You probably can't tell from this picture,
but I added another layer of lining to the bodice and 
included boning. 
 India loves boning in her dresses,
so I have boxes of it around all the time.

Notice my "new-to-me" mannequin?
A local dress shop is going out of business and 
let me buy this lovely one.
I am so sad they are leaving but glad I have this dress form 
to remember them by.

The pattern I used was discontinued McCall's 5095. 
It is one of my go-to patterns and I have made it for India several times.
I am working on Ahnalin's Disney outfits and hope to have something finished
to post tomorrow!!!

Happy Sewing!


Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

That is simply GORGEOUS! And she looks great in it.

organicmommy said...

That is beautiful. It looks perfect on your girl!

Sew Pretty Dresses said...

So pretty! where did you get the lace for the bodice and straps? Is it the same as the pretty lace on the hem? Love it!

Rebecca said... put my sewing to shame. LOVE THE DRESS! LOVE YOUR VISION.


~* Aria *~ said...

White eyelet. Non-scratchy-non-nylon lace. Blue trim. Can't get better!!

jammertail designs said...

That is the perfect dress...I can see where you could make it over and over! Gorgeous pictures of India :)

I'm soooo glad you saw the giveaway! It's my first so it's all new to me...good luck!
xo Sally

Bunny said...

Very pretty and just perfect for India and the day.

Anonymous said...

It's perfect! The girl and the dress compliment each other perfectly. India looks gorgeous!

Julia said...


Anonymous said...

VERY nice, Sivje!

LAnderson (Southern Stitches) said...

So pretty and perfect not only for graduation, but for hot summer weather!


I love the dress,and it fits her perfectly. I love white clothes, but don't wear them often.

GardenofDaisies said...

Congrats to your daughter on her graduation! The dress is lovely!!! It reminds me so much of a dress I made for myself years ago when I was young and in college... white eyelet with narrow blue and green satin ribbons. I loved that dress! :-)

Sonia said...

A beautiful dress and a beautiful daughter, Sivje! You are so talented and she is so lucky to have a mama who can make her beautiful dresses for every occasion.

Jan said...

Congratulations to India on reaching this milestone, and to you for supporting her each step of the way! Her dress is perfect, as are the cameo and earrings.