Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Great Story!

Okay, here is a great story! I received the sweetest email from my friend Jeannine from Kinder Kouture on Monday night. If you have never been to her website, you must go! She is such an amazing seamstress and has a wonderful business selling her beautifully crafted custom creations. She explained to me that she was frustrated because she couldn't find a pattern to re-create her daughters Easter dress from last year. She had tried to do it on her own, but after a few tries she decided to call in a "professional" (giggle). Here is the photo she sent me... Isn't the dress just darling! I can see why she loves it. Well, I am always up for a challenge and I told her to give me a little time to see what I could come up with. But I told her not to be too surprised if she had photos waiting for her in her mailbox the next morning. Let's just say . .  I know me, and I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep with all these ideas flying around in my head.

Here is the photo she sent me . . . 


I sat down and started studying the photo and then grabbed paper and pencil and started drafting pieces and just like a puzzle figured out how this dress was constructed. Then grabbed some fabric from my stash and started "playing". This is what I came up with. Now keep in mind mine is different because I didn't want to be a total copy cat, so I added my own twist while still keeping the main idea in tact.

Here's what I came up with . . .




When I showed Jeannine the photos yesterday morning she was thrilled! I have to admit, I was pretty proud of this little cutie as well! Now, keep in mind this is just the rough draft and I need to make several more to perfect it, but if all goes well I hope to add this dress to my Summer Collection. Abby and I have decided to name this one "Olivia", in honor of Jeannine's adorable daughter. What do you think????

Dawn

21 comments:

chickadee said...

Oh I love this one!!! I love the little bit of fullness in the bodice! The fabric is also beautiful! Another beautiful job and love the name too!!!!

grandma2mb said...

Simply gorgeous!100% nicer than the original.Can't wait for this one to be released.
Canada loves Olabelhe!

grandma2mb@yahoo.ca

katnappies said...

Adorable! Your talent is amazing and it is a blessing that you enjoy it so much

Jeannine said...

Dawn, this is just awesome. I am going to share this blogpost because I just love the whole thing. Abbey looks fantastic in this dress. Great job, and thank you.

Sharon said...

What a lovely dress. I cannot wait to buy the pattern for my niece!

Chelsea said...

Oh my goodness!! My heart skipped a beat when I saw this dress! I LOVE this style of sleeve. And how funny (or appropriate?) that you are going to name the pattern "Olivia" - it is one of the names we are considering for this little baby in my belly, now just to hope it is a girl so I can make all of your adorable patterns for her!
Thanks so much for designing such cute and feminine clothing for girls because all there is in ready made are clothes that shouldn't even be worn by teenagers.

just jayma said...

I like your version better than the original! I hope this comes in my daughter's size (8), and that I can make this darling dress for her!

Ronda said...

love it! Olivia is perfect! I hate to wait for summer:)

ckwarr said...

This dress is beautiful, I too would love to buy the pattern. Summer better come quick!

db said...

But..... I thought it was a n "Easter dress" (whine, whine) Will be hard to wait for summer for this one! BEAUTIFUL.

db said...

But..... I thought it was a n "Easter dress" (whine, whine) Will be hard to wait for summer for this one! BEAUTIFUL.

Nähhexe said...

Incredible cute ;-)

Janice said...

It's beautiful, it looks like a fresh summer day!

Gail said...

You are amazing, Dawn! What a sweet little dress for Spring and Summer.

Garilyn S said...

LOVE the dress!! Beautiful fabric! What is it and where did you get it??

Jan said...

I love the dress! And that was very sweet to name the dress after Olivia.

katie said...

Just Beautiful!

Debbie B said...

I'm liking this one a LOT! I think my daughter will definitely add this one to the 'must have' list for the grandgirl! Love it.

Debbie B said...

It's me again..feeling just a little bit like a 'stalker' - but a nice one! Just had to stop back by before I head to bed to say I checked out Kinder Kouture's site and loved her clothes! Great inspiration.
I just finished a my version of your Daisy idea for the grandgirl, now I need to buy the Madison's Jacket pattern to finish it.

But I've fallen head over heels for the Olivia dress. It's such a beautiful classic girly look.

Would LOVE to test out the Olivia pattern in a size 4. The grandgirl NEEDS that beautiful dress.

Grace said...

YOURS IS SO SO MUCH CUTER!!!!

Grace said...

YOURS IS SO SO MUCH CUTER!!!!

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