Queen Anne in cotton

Happy Easter everyone!

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This display makes me smile every time I stop in at Textile Fabrics. The old-timey sweetness. Makes me want an Easter basket, full of chocolate bunnies and peeps!
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I’ve been loving the beautiful flowering trees this week.
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I try to walk a few miles each day, and along the way I pass redbuds, cherries, pears and dogwoods.
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Soon they’ll all be leafed out and green, which is good too, but this is a special time of year.

Besides making me sneeze, all these showy blossoms have put me in a flowery mood, sewing wise. This fabric by Dear Stella is splashed with one of my favorite wild flowers – Queen Anne’s Lace.

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Not only is it delicate and beautiful – it’s edible! According to Wikipedia, the tuberous root is similar to a carrot, the leaves can be used in salads and the flowers can be deep fried! Who knew?!  But be careful – there are similar looking plants that are poisonous. Oh dear, Stella.

It’s a big print – and obviously a one way – so I was careful to cut it out with the flowers all facing up. However, I must have been channelling Dolly Clacket when I put it together. I sewed the back of the skirt on upside down! OK, I was listening to an audiobook while I was sewing and evidently paid more attention to the John Sanford thriller than the pattern…

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I’d added fullness when I cut it out to make the dress fluffier, but I wondered why it seemed so much fuller in back than in front. (I do like vintage, but I’ve no need for a bustle on my backside if you know what I mean.) Well, that’s what happens when you gather the hemline rather than the waistline on an a-line! So, my seam ripper came in handy yet again.

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I used an exposed zip in a contrasting color to keep it on trend and big covered buttons because I’d run out of the middle size.

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I’m not sure if covered buttons are in style these days but I like them! You’ll see them a lot on my makes.

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So, there’s my Easter dress, taking a boat ride. Happy spring, y’all! Go make a dress of your own!

Laura

 

 


4 thoughts on “Queen Anne in cotton

  1. You are so talented and beautiful!! I love all of your dresses and would buy one of each. Maybe you could do a fashion show on the boat. Meet you there!

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