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THE DARIA DRESS: Bohemian Ukrainian Flower Girl Babcha Inspired

bohemian, embroidery, flower girl, dress, tutu, tulle, skirt, ukrainian, ethnic, vintage, inspired, floral, trim, lace, leotard, alencon, pink, ivory, blue, red

Shop Dresses HERE I’m really excited to release the first ANAGRASSIA manufactured product: THE DARIA DRESS! The dresses were made in Chicago, IL and South Bend, IN. Thank you to everyone who worked with me on this project! You all were all incredible and so patient! The DARIA dress is a modern take on a dress my Babcha created and designed over 50 years ago for my mom (who happens to be named Daria !), which was then passed on to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Not only is this dress undeniably cute, but because of its bohemian style, it can be worn throughout the course of several years as a dress...

Catherine’s Special White & Ivory Silk Baptismal Gown

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

This is a review blog post written by Mary Grace’s sister 🙂  The list of the most important events of my life has been re-written. Before I might have mentioned certain accomplishments or moments of recognition for something I alone had achieved. Now, I would say that marriage has changed all of this. If I had to write that list today it would read: “Marrying Colin, bringing a child into the world, and having that child, Catherine, baptized.” My sister, Mary Grace, designed and made the dress I wore on my wedding day. She made the coat I wore in the hospital while in labor with Catherine. So, yes, I...

Easter 2015 Burdastyle Ukrainian Embroidered Linen Crop Top and Skirt

Ukrainian Embroidered Linen dress crop top

Krystos Voskres! Happy Easter! I knew I wanted to make this Burdastyle outfit as soon as saw it in the monthly Burdastyle magazine! However it wasn’t until 2.5 weeks before Easter, that I received my linen in the mail and began embroidering the crop top/blouse. My wonderful mother came to my rescue by embroidering the dark red skeleton of the design. This part of the embroidery takes more time and attention because you have to count squares and make sure the pattern is straight of the linen bodice piece.   Unfortunately, I caught the stomach flu a couple weeks ago. Despite feeling awful, it was a godsend because I was...

The Cascade Champagne Silk Wool and Silk Charmeuse Dress

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown Cascade Champagne Silk Wool & Silk Charmeuse Dress 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.! 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.) I don’t particularly like this dress. There are too many details going on. And I really don’t like the ruffle on the shoulder. Perhaps I’m boring, but I feel like I’m a mermaid with a seashell on my shoulder. (I had one sister laugh and call it a croissant, while another sister called it a perogi.) If it weren’t a Burdastyle pattern challenge, I probably would have eliminated the ruffle, (with no hesitation). 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 too, but I ultimately eliminated it. The two silk layers did not fall 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!!)

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...

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...