The Cascade Champagne Silk Wool and Silk Charmeuse Dress

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

I really don’t know what I was think­ing when I decided to enter Bur­daStyle’s pat­tern chal­lenge and down­loaded their cas­cade dress pat­tern. Not only did I think I would have time to sew the dress, but I also planned to embroi­der its top crossover edge!

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For­tu­nately, I was able to bypass sleep and fin­ish sewing the dress just before the dead­line. How­ever I was unable to fin­ish the embroi­dery. At this point, I’m not sure if I will add its embroidery.(I think I will save it for a dress I know I’ll wear more often.)

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

This isn’t my favorite dress pattern.There’s too many details going on for my taste and the I don’t like the ruf­fle on the shoul­der. (I had one sis­ter laugh and call the ruf­fle a crois­sant, while another sis­ter called it a per­ogi.) If I wasn’t enter­ing the BurdaStyle.com pat­tern chal­lenge, I would’ve elim­i­nated the ruf­fle, (with no hesitation).

Despite the ruf­fle, I love how beau­ti­ful the cas­cade skirt drapes and moves. I also think the silk wool crossover looks espe­cially slimming!

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

My aunt/godmother made me this necklace ;)

I recently received this really spe­cial Christ­mas gift from my aunt. It’s a neck­lace with a photo of my babcha (grandmother)on one side and photo of my dido (grand­fa­ther) on the other side.

Burdastyle 157 05 2011 silk wool 25 champagne 2 long dress crossover

The top bodice is lined with ivory silk charmeuse.

Burdastyle 157 05 2011 silk wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

Orig­i­nally the skirt was lined with ivory silk charmeuse, but I ulti­mately elim­i­nated it.

The two silk lay­ers didn’t drape nicely together and it cre­ated more bulk at the hip. (This was a headache con­sid­er­ing I had to seam rip every­thing apart and then hand-stitch the skirt edges again!!)

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Custom Pieces for My Nieces

burdastyle 147 09 2013 Dress Red Blue Floral Cotton Kitty cat Black White Childrens

Gigi with one of her 3 Maine Coon buddies

Here are a cou­ple dresses I made for my niece Gigi and my (not-yet-here) niece (which I’ll call) “Kiki.”  My sis­ter snapped a few pho­tos of Gigi in the dresses. (The dress sizes are 12mos and 6mos, so they are a bit big on Gigi.)

burdastyle 147 09 2013 Dress Red Blue Floral Cotton Dress Girls Summer Spring button down

I used Burdastyle’s Baby Pat­tern #147 Dress 9/2013 for the dresses.

burdastyle 147 09 2013 Dress Red Blue Floral Cotton Dress Girls Summer Spring button down

The beau­ti­ful flo­ral print dress is for Kiki. I absolutely love this dress! This design not only fits my style, but it also reminds me of my older sis­ter and the house­coat I made her for her bridal shower gift. Also, the illus­trated flow­ers look like they could’ve been drawn by my older sister!

burdastyle 147 09 2013 Dress Red Blue Floral Cotton Dress Girls Summer Spring button down

Gigi’s dress is the red, black, and white kitty cat dress. If you knew my sis­ter (Gigi’s mother) when she was younger (or even as an adult), you know that this cot­ton fab­ric print is per­fect for Gigi!

burdastyle 147 09 2013 Dress Red Blue Floral Cotton Kitty cat Black White Childrens

I was hop­ing to whip these dresses up in no time, but they took more time than I expected! It’s a bit more dif­fi­cult to sew tiny set-in sleeves and machine fin­ish hems. Because of this, the dresses required a lot of hand stitch­ing and basting.

burdastyle 147 09 2013 Dress Red Blue Floral Cotton Dress Girls Summer Spring button down

I’ll post Kiki’s bap­tismal dress after her bap­tism next year!

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More Anagrassia Flower Girl Dresses

I love my cus­tomers! Here are some flower girl pho­tos recently sent to me!

Shop on etsy here

If you want more lace & dress options, please email  me at marygrace@anagrassia.com

See other flower girl dress posts here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

 

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

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Pray for Ukraine

Ukrainian Catholic University Benefit Chicago Ruslana Lyzhychko Maidan Anagrassia

Last Sun­day, my mom and I attended a Ukrain­ian Catholic Uni­ver­sity fundraiser in Chicago, Illi­nois. After singing both the United State’s national anthem and Ukraine’s national anthem before the cer­e­mony, my mom shared some­thing inter­est­ing with me. She said, “When we sing the national anthem in Amer­ica, we thank God for our free­dom, while the Ukrain­ian national anthem prays for free­dom: ‘We’ll lay down our souls and bod­ies to attain our free­dom, 
and we’ll show that we, broth­ers, are of the Cos­sack nation.’”

I’m thank­ful to be Amer­i­can, but I’m also blessed & proud to be Ukrain­ian. As we cel­e­brate Veteran’s Day and honor our Amer­i­can vet­er­ans, I can’t help but think of the tur­moil in Ukraine today.

Ukrainian Catholic University Benefit Chicago Ruslana Lyzhychko Maidan Anagrassia

One of the rea­sons I made the effort to attend this ben­e­fit was to share the com­pany of Ukraine’s pop­star, Rus­lana. Not only does Rus­lana inspire mil­lions with her music, but she also touches many with her human­i­tar­ian spirit. She is a brave polit­i­cal activist and the exu­ber­ant leader of Ukraine’s pro-E.U. protest move­ment. (Learn more about her here.)

I’ve loved Rus­lana and her music for many years now. (Watch her award-winning Wild Dances Euro­vi­sion per­for­mance here. This song has been one of my top played songs for at least 7 years!) But after Sun­day, I’m even more inspired by her ded­i­ca­tion to Ukraine. Rus­lana raises money for injured Ukraini­ans and refugees, but above all she asks us to pray for Ukraine’s free­dom and peace.

Please keep Ukraine in your thoughts and prayers. If you have the desire to help mon­e­tar­ily, more infor­ma­tion can be found on Ruslana’s web­site here.

For my part, I’m hop­ing to cre­ate a few Ukrain­ian inspired items to auc­tion off for the cause. Слава Україні! Героям слава!

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Anagrassia Flower Girl Dress One Year Anniversary

Mary Grace Anagrassia Flower Girl Dress Lace and Tulle skirt

I really can’t believe it’s been one year since I made my first flower girl dress! It was the begin­ning of a new chap­ter in Anagrassia.

I want to thank all my read­ers and recent cus­tomers over this past year. I really appre­ci­ate your sup­port and busi­ness. (And I’m really grate­ful to those who pushed me to ven­ture out­side my com­fort zone and into the bridal world, you know who you are!) Future suc­cess will be the result of your early sup­port. I have you all to thank for the inspi­ra­tion that con­tin­ues to help me make Ana­gras­sia grow and be more of a reality.

I’m sorry my posts have been small and not very meaty. Writ­ing has never been my forte, so it’s easy for me to delay writ­ing posts, updat­ing my blog/social media out­lets, and instead stick to the per­fec­tion of what I do: sewing and mas­ter­ing the craft. At the end of the day, I hope that my work will speak for itself. I do believe that one of the biggest fruits from this past year of projects and designs has been the con­fir­ma­tion of what I have firmly believed from the very start: the best things are made care­fully and by the hand of the artist her­self. As I mas­ter the craft I am only more con­vinced that Ana­gras­sia can­not grow if this only means mass pro­duc­tion of items. Growth and mas­tery mean that my work sets prece­dents and raises the bar for everyone’s expec­ta­tions. It does not mean mak­ing more stuff more quickly and for less. I invite every­one to share in my work from this perspective.

Thanks again for all your sup­port and inter­est in Ana­gras­sia. Please stay with me as Ana­gras­sia con­tin­ues to hone the craft and share in people’s sto­ries and love for all things beau­ti­ful and well made!

Other flower girl dress blog posts here: 1 & 2

(Blog post #4 here)

Con­tact me for cur­rent design and price options: Marygrace@anagrassia.com
Shop for tulle skirts and less expen­sive leo­tard options on etsy here
White Ivory Champagne Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

On of the first three Ana­gras­sia flower girl dresses

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Below are some of my recent flower girl dress designs and sub­mit­ted cus­tomer photos.

Since this post is 2 months late, please con­tact me if you sent me a photo and don’t see it posted on the blog.

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

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Gigi’s Baptism Part 1: Marusya’s Red and Black Floral Ukrainian Inspired Long Crop Top Dress

Gigi Baptism Red and Black Floral dress pleated and long crop top

St. Michael’s Ukrain­ian Catholic Church is a very spe­cial place for my fam­ily. A lit­tle less than a year ago, my sis­ter and brother-in-law were mar­ried there. Then just this past week, my niece, Gigi, was bap­tized in St. Michael’s. The bap­tism was very nice and extremely special.

Red 34 rose floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014 copy

Since Bap­tism is the most impor­tant day in one’s life, I though it appro­pri­ate that I make dresses (and a one­sie) for the cer­e­mony and reception.

Gigi wore the bap­tismal gown passed down through the fam­ily, which was sewn by my babcha. It was a beau­ti­ful gown! My babcha did all the (pink) hand stitch­ing on it as well. (Which reminds me….I’m com­ing out with bap­tismal gowns! They should be avail­able for sale later this fall.)

 Lace Hand stitched white ivory with pink embroiery baptismal gown

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Gigi Baptism Red and Black Floral dress pleated and long crop top

I absolutely adored the dress I made for myself to wear for Gigi’s baptism.

Red rose and black floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014 Ukrainian Sewing

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Ukrainian Hand Embroidered Dress in Honor of My Babcha

Ukrainian Russian hand embroidered dress marusya marusya

 

Ukrain­ian hand embroi­dered dress in honor of my babcha 

 

My Babcha was a spe­cial woman. Her story is quite remark­able and the lessons she taught me were even more so.  I only hope to be as strong as her and pass on her spirit to others.

Aside from her wis­dom, her love of sewing was passed on to me. My babcha was an incred­i­ble seam­stress! She was self taught and used her skills as a seam­stress when she moved to America.

Before my babcha’s pass­ing in March (at the age of 93), I fin­ished my first Ukrain­ian embroi­dered dress. My babcha was very sick and it was uncer­tain whether she would make it to Easter. How­ever, she always wanted to die on Easter and we all believed she would make it to Easter day. (There is a Ukri­an­ian myth that if you die on Easter, you go straight to heaven.) But sadly she didn’t make it or see the ukrain­ian embroi­dered Easter dress. But I’m sure she got a glimpse of it up in heaven!  (And I have no doubt that she is guid­ing through my cur­rent projects!)

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Dress is hand embroi­dered (took lots and lots of time to stitch)

Linen

Fully Lined

Invis­i­ble Back Zipper

babcha 2 Ukrainian Costume

This is a com­pressed story of my babcha’s life (Writ­ten by my aunt but mod­i­fied to be in my voice). 

My babcha, Kataryna, was born in 1920 in West­ern Ukraine.  Her father, prior to World War I, voy­aged to Amer­ica to work in the coal mines of Penn­syl­va­nia, while he built a home­stead  for his fam­ily in west­ern Ukraine. My babcha’s par­ents set­tled to rear eight daugh­ters, farm­ing and wood­carv­ing in that quiet, pic­turesque vil­lage in the rolling foothills of the Carpathian Moun­tains. As a child, my babcha vowed never to leave her home or her fam­ily. Lit­tle did she know of the adven­tures that lay ahead!

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