Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sewing: Angel Sleeve Dress and Blouse (Pattern)

Sometimes the simplest things can take me a while. I don't know why exactly, but I do know what it is...I get distracted by other projects. Remember the yellow daisy Angel Sleeve Dress I made for Tess to wear at Easter? I can't believe it was way back in April.

And the version with rickrack I made for Audrey to wear to high tea? Also months ago. I was planning to have the pattern finished sometime in May and here it is August already! Well, better late than never.

So, it's finally here: the Angel Sleeve Dress pattern. The Angel Sleeve Dress is the simplest of dresses with lots of gathering at the neck, a gentle a-line and a fluttery short sleeve. Though I have had the sizing done for a while now I wanted to do a version with contrasting panels. So now the simple Angel Sleeve Dress has a couple variations--the option to make it with contrasting panels, and the option to make it as an Angel Sleeve Blouse (it's simply shorter--pictures are coming). I also included instructions for the rickrack sleeves.

I made Tess this little Angel Sleeve dress to wear to her sister's upcoming birthday party. (Hard to believe, but I'm way ahead of schedule on that!) It's a western theme and I thought these two fabrics, a feminine plaid and a sweet calico with blossoms and birds, had a bit of that western, or maybe more prairie, vibe. They are Tanya Whelan "Sugar Hill" Plaid and Birdy in Blue, and I purchased them here.

Speaking of getting distracted by projects, I was thinking this was the last summer fling before moving onto Fall sewing...but I'd love to make a few more of these in dress and blouse lengths. I've got a bunch of voile stashed, which would be perfect for this paneled version.

I'm also wondering if I could talk Audrey into wearing an Angel Sleeve blouse back to school this fall. Maybe with some corduroy Bloomers

We'll have to see how it all plays out. In the meantime we've been having fun playing at a local farm. Anything involving fresh air and live animals works for my girls. Maybe I need to get Tess her own cowboy boots. She's always trying on her sisters'.

Need an Angel Sleeve Dress or Blouse? The pattern can be found here in my Etsy shop.


Tammy said...

Very cute! I used a peasant pattern and left the elastic out of the sleeves to make a dress very similar for my daughter. :)

Federica said...

E' molto carino! Non ho mai cucito un modello simile a mia figlia, dovrò provare mi piace molto!
Ciao e buona giornata!

house full of jays said...

How absolutely precious!

house full of jays said...

How absolutely precious!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I am so glad you were able to finish the pattern, I have been thinking about it ever since you first posted about it. I just put in an order over Etsy. Beautiful photos!

greelyrita said...

It would make a nice nightie too!

Your girls are adorable!!

CateyG said...

Love it. Need this pattern! Once I get through birthday party madness this weekend, I'm ordering and making. Thank you!

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