I finally finished the in threes sweaters I was knitting for my two youngest girls for Easter. Little #9's sweater was made using Lark in Robin's Egg Blue, the softest, loveliest shade of blue I have ever seen, and Little #6's sweater was knit using Lark in Dogwood. I simply love these two colors, and I am so pleased with how the sweaters turned out. These sweaters, with their sweet little cap sleeves, are perfect for New England springs, adding an extra layer of warmth without the bulk of long sleeves (well...I'm hoping by April we won't still be needing our winter coats).
I wanted to make matching dresses, and I had a bit of a difficult time deciding on which fabric to use. I initially wanted to use a vintage-looking calico, but I was unable to find one that I liked. I then thought of using a pretty striped fabric, but I felt it was too light and airy for Easter here in our corner. My daughter and I went into Joann's to look for buttons and decided we would check out their cloth selection. We found nothing to my liking, but just as we were leaving the store a Dotted Swiss caught my eye. We walked over to the rack and found two bolts of it, one with "Robin's Egg Blue" dots and the other with "Dogwood" dots...two perfect matches to the sweaters! The hunt was finally over.
I initially made Little #9's dress from a 1920's vintage dress pattern that I found at a flea market a few years ago. I loved the pattern, but it just wasn't right for the Dotted Swiss. It looked more like a nightgown than a dress, so I modified it the best I could by adding tucks on the bodice, cutting and adding a gathered skirt, and finishing with buttons and a bow. The final dress is very different than the original pattern, but I think I am okay with the results.
Little #6 is such a princess, so I had to embellish her dress a bit more by adding an over-skirt and fabric-covered buttons in the back. She is quite pleased with her new dress and asked if she could wear the dress anytime she wanted after Easter...of course, my answer was "Yes!" Dresses and sweaters are made to wear, right? Not to hang in the closet and wait for special occasions.