Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Dresses

Two adorable granddaughters graced my home today for a picture taking session.
I had made them their Christmas dresses and their Mom was thanking me by making me feel they were worthy of some poses.

I started these dresses in October thinking I'd get them finished by turkey day, but I always bite off a little more than I can chew. (Do you want me to recite a cheer from the 70's about that very thing?)

Here is a close up of the smocking and beading on the 4 years old's dress. 

...and on the two year old's. Notice the beautiful fabric. It is a silk dupioni and when I was working on it, I told everyone in the room to "Look at the amazing sheen", every time they talked to me. Pictures don't do it justice.

I made a little belt on the larger one, with two covered buttons. The corded trim around this, the bodice, and the collar, really make the dress look finished.

The back of this one has a lovely bow. Kara says she is never untieing it, she will just have Lena step into it. She actually kind of has to, because I made the zipper too short. I'm used to making button enclosures on little girls dresses, so when I opted for a zipper I underestimated the length needed. Live and learn, right?

On the front of this one I used silk ribbon embroidery. I haven't ever made a wearable item with silk ribbon embroidery before, and it was just right for this dress. A little Christmas poinsettia and mistletoe.

Finished front of the burgundy one.

....and with a beautiful little girl in it. She's just the cutest 4 year old I know! Lexy is very excited about the  puffiness of the skirt. "It's like a gown."

Her little sister looks like an angel. Notice the matching headband to go with her blond little curls.

Here they are in front of the tree in my Living Room. I photoshopped one smile into this picture from another of a similar pose. It only took me about 2 minutes. I can't believe I can do it that fast.

Just in case you were wondering, I think I WIN for the cutest granddaughters. 

I have one more, and I didn't even make her dress.

I did make the bow on top of her head.  Isn't she a cutie too?  I am missing her for Christmas.  "Enjoy Grandma Renee, Ellery!"


  1. These are beautiful works of art made with a great deal of love fom GramVi. Nothin' finer! And no, I win the cutest granddaughter contest! ;)

  2. Vicki, you are amazing. What a lucky family to be graced with you talents!

  3. Honestly, I am in awe that you can make these things! Absolutely unbelievable is what you are!!

    And your grandchildren are absolutely adorable.


  4. So cute! I can't wait to steal your pics :) Thanks again for making beautiful dresses for my beautiful girls! You are the best!

  5. oh man! Since I have nephews I can agree you have the most beautiful granddaughters ;-) - BUT HONESTLY. Lena does look like an angel and I love the dark cranberry on Lexy. Such beautiful dresses and girls!

  6. Hey - as long as Kelly or Lisa doesn't see this, I'll still be ok! Good grief, Vick - you outdid yourself, these are gorgeous.