Monday, February 1, 2010

Heirloom Dress, Anyone???

Hum.....this may be sort of a long shot, but I thought it would not hurt to try! Anyone interested in buying a french handsewn dress?!? I made this for Evangeline a couple of years ago. As much as I love to make fun, everyday clothes.....french handsewing is my love! This dress is a size 5, though the style makes it pretty flexible and she wore it from size 4 to size 6 (it really still fits!)
The dress is made from 100% swiss batiste. It has antique swiss cotton insertion and french cotton laces (all antique). All seams are joined by entradeux. The bodice and sleeves have tiny tucks and some handwork (double feather stitch and bullion roses). The sleeves are finished out in a swiss beading and satin ribbon.

The coordinating slip is also made of swiss batiste and french laces and entradeux. The dress and slip close with mother of pearl buttons.
Five is supposed to be the perfect age to have your child's portrait taken..... they are old enough to (hopefully!) corporate with the photographer, yet haven't lost their baby teeth yet (probably!)

I typically sell an heirloom dress and slip for about $500, but since Evangeline has worn this (two Easter Sundays, for a wedding and for her picture to be made) I am asking $275. Thought it wouldn't hurt to try and boost that adoption fund! Oh, and Momma, if you are reading this..... don't panic. My love is handwork.....being without this dress will just be a great excuse to pull out my stash of fabric and make another :) Eliana is going to need her own special dress :)

If you are interested in buying the dress, or would like more pictures or exact measurements, just email me! (


  1. Beautiful dress! You are very talented. I love that you named your daughter Evangeline. That's my youngest daughter's name. She's 9 1/2 months old. We named her after my grandmother who passed in 2005 and we call her Evie after my husbands grandmother who passed 2 months before my grandmother. It's a very special name to me! If she hasn't seen the new Princess and the Frog movie yet you HAVE to take her. When you see it you will understand :)

  2. This dress is beautiful! I am very impressed you can make this!


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