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A spring treat for this holiday week.

Olivine Dress makes a nice Easter Dress Pattern
Olivine Dress makes a nice Easter Dress Pattern

Even with Passover and Easter upon us, you would think Mother Nature would be sending some daffodils and balmy breezes to lift our spirits. But not here in northern Ohio, where the temperature remains steady at the freezing point and there is still snow on the ground. Nevertheless, I've been sewing for my girls again.

The girls still have not grown out of their constant desire to be twins, so here are their requested matching dresses.

Olivine Dress with Cap Sleeves
Olivine Dress with Cap Sleeves

Luckily I had just enough gorgeous purpley poppy matte brocade fabric sourced in NYC a few years ago to use for the bodices. The skirts are created from a fine wale corduroy courtesy of our favorite in town fabric-retailer, while the chartreuse faux belt was carried all the way back from Thailand by my brother!  Thanks, Seth!

Dress with Flourish Bow Tie
Dress with Flourish Bow Tie

You may notice that the gorgeous little bow hand-tacked to the belt at the waistline of the dress. I created it using a Flourish Shoe Clip bow (part of a new accessory kit line we will be launching via Etsy soon--take a sneak peak at the bow tie kits already in the shop).

Olivine Dress with Cap Sleeve Variation
Olivine Dress with Cap Sleeve Variation

The bodice pattern pieces are from our Olivine Dress (using the Bodice Lining piece for the main fabric) but the cap sleeves shown are a variation of the Olivine original. Here's how I changed the original sleeve to make a cap sleeve.

Drafting a Cap Sleeve
Drafting a Cap Sleeve

After cutting out the cap sleeve (cut along the dashed line shown above), you baste and insert the sleeve in a manner similar to a full sleeve.

Olivine Dress makes a nice Easter Dress Pattern
Olivine Dress makes a nice Easter Dress Pattern

Happy spring holidays to all!

~Carla