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easter outfits

Last year I made my first Easter dress for Bee. It was the Tea Party dress from Oliver + S, which turned out rather sweet, but I felt badly that I didn't make anything for my son C. This year I decided to try the Birthday Party dress, which Liesl assured me I could handle despite it's perfect pleats and five (!) buttonholes.

I made the dress out of linen, which proved a little shifty, but I love it nonetheless. Bee is a very active three year old, so there really is no hope of keeping it wrinkle free for long, but lucky for me, it looks just as cute rumpled. And Liesl was right, although the construction of this dress is a more complicated than anything I've made before, if you just follow the directions carefully, it will all work out in the end.

But what to make for C? The plan came together when I saw Molly's tie pattern on the Purl Bee. Perfect for a brother-sister duo. Matching, but subtle. Sweet, but not too sweet.

I didn't realize the tie is mostly hand-sewn, and it was fun to make. You can easily finish a tie in one sitting, and I get a weird sense of satisfaction sitting down on the couch with my needle and thread, stitching each little stitch one at a time.

I don't know how many more years I can coordinate their outfits. C is going to start having opinions about his clothes at some point. But I'm sure going to try and keep this up for at least a couple more years.. The pictures alone are priceless.

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I am smiling right now, because this is EXACTLY what I did for my two littlies for Easter. And I love it, because I adore just about everything you do, so I'm feeling pretty cool right now :D The best part is how I felt the same way about *making* the dress and tie as you did (although you said it much better than I could). I always find your blog so very inspiring...thank you!!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

the best version of that dress that I've seen so far!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered Commentercindy

Oh making ties never occurred to me! This is a very good idea. I am going to get the template and make some for the men I love. Thank you. The dress is adorable and I bet Bee looks fabulous getting it all rumply like a good, active girl. :)

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannonM

I love it! Very well done! I always find inspiration here!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered Commentercallie

Those are darling! I've been counting my blessings that I have two girls to dress in matching dresses, but your post made me actually wish for a boy to make a tie!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

sweetness personified, that dress. i love it in linen, it looks like it fit her and her described personality just right. i wish they made pleated clothing for boys...i doubt i could wrangle my twins into ties at any age.

i cannot wait to try the cupcake recipe for their second birthday coming up. thanks for all the great posts. happy spring!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered Commentermamie

Wow! You're amazing. When do you find the time to do all your incredible crafts? Adore your postings about children's books, too. Great blog!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHasley

Wow! You're amazing. When do you find the time to do all your incredible crafts? Adore your postings about children's books, too. Great blog!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHasley

I love the linen and such a great coordinating fabric that worked well for both!

04.14.2009 | Unregistered Commenterpamela

They are absolutely adorable. And the Chuck Taylors. Oh, for cute.

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCricket

these are lovely! i wanted to try that tie pattern this easter but simply ran out of time. and thankyou for inspiring me to try the birthday party dress, i was also intimidated by the pleats! beautiful :)

04.14.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlesley

Absolutely gorgeous. I think you've done a fabulous job.
Love your blog BTW.

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharnel

These outfits are gorgeous! I love the look of the linen with the fabric you have chosen. Well done! You have inspired me to get a little more adventurous - like you, I am just learning.

I'm in awe....

04.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBaboon

just gorgeous! such a sophisticated style and then you see her little baby-like legs and it's just the cutest thing ever. the tie is perfect - i love a little bit of matchiness

04.14.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda


04.15.2009 | Unregistered Commenterannie

So sweet!

04.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKari

That dress is awesome, I want one just like it, and I'm 21!!!

04.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

So cute Brooke. Youcanmakethis.com has a simple tie pattern that is all machine sewn, if you are looking for one you can sew with your machine(I, the complete dunce at sewing, have used it for both Christmas and Easter for matching ties for my four boys).

04.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Jensen

hello fellow former MSLO employee. just found your blog and love, love it.

04.16.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanie

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