Khrystos Voskres! Christ is risen!
Phew! Lent is over and true to tradition; I barely finished my annual Easter dress for Easter Mass.
Every year at this time, I design and sew a Ukrainian inspired Easter dress. This year, I had trouble choosing between 4 dress designs. So by the time I nailed down a design and started the embroidery, it was already half way through Lent.
A couple weeks ago when I realized there was no way I would be able to finish the embroidery before Easter, I dug through my mom’s box of embroidery she received from my babcha. In the box, I found some beautiful bright blue and purple men’s shirt embroidery from Ukraine.
You would think it would be easy for me once I had the embroidery. But unfortunately, this made the design process harder! It was hard to figure out a combination of fabric, color, embroidery, design, and fit that worked together.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I was likely in more pain Friday night trying to come up with an Easter dress design, than my sister who was having labor contractions.
I finally nailed down the design the day before Easter. It was right in front of me and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner!! I decided to use Burdastyle 02/2015 #129 Dress pattern (size 36).
I started embroidering a Burdastyle #123 linen dress last spring, so I already had the dress pieces cut. (I had to cut some new pieces since a few of the originals had embroidery started on them.)
This pattern turned out to be perfect! It was both a design I was itching to make for myself, and it incorporated most of my embroidery design ideas! It also allowed me to put a feminine & modern spin on the Ukrainian men’s shirt and use all the embroidery pieces without cutting them!
I made a couple changes to the pattern.
I added the back invisible zipper to make the head opening larger. This prevents me from getting make-up on the dress when dressing and undressing..
The dress looked a little shapeless and boxy on me, so I added the back gathering and belt. It also looks less like a Ukrainian men’s vestment with the gathered back waistline.
Overall, I am very happy with the dress! It very much reflects my style and taste. I don’t think I could’ve come up with a better dress with the time I had to spare and materials I had in stock.
Eventually, I will finish the other planned dress design and (maybe) post about it on the blog. It will be interesting to compare the two projects!
I hope you had a nice Easter! Enjoy spring!!
Here are work in progress photos.
Thanks again to the family & friends who gave me late night Easter Vigil feedback/suggestions! You’re the best!!