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!
(Vote for your favorite dress here)
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.)
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!
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.
The top bodice is lined with ivory silk charmeuse.
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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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.)
I used Burdastyle’s Baby Pattern #147 Dress 9/2013 for the dresses.
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!
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!
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.
I’ll post Kiki’s baptismal dress after her baptism next year!
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I love my customers! Here are some flower girl photos recently sent to me!
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See other flower girl dress posts here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3
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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.
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!
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
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On of the first three Anagrassia flower girl dresses
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.
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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.
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.)
I absolutely adored the dress I made for myself to wear for Gigi’s baptism.
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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!)
Dress is hand embroidered (took lots and lots of time to stitch)
Invisible Back Zipper
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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