Monday, December 18, 2017

Another Dress From Elizabeth Lee Pattern

This is the 8th Elizabeth Lee pattern I have sewn into a dress, in the last two months.  It is kind of sad there is nothing like these dresses for sale on the rack in local stores for the new mothers. They are sold online, however. There was a wonderful decade or two when these patterns were being sewn, and how pretty and elegant they were on the ladies who wore them as nursing dresses.  It does not seem like it was so long ago, but I often talk to young mothers who say they have never heard of a nursing dress nor ever seen one.  

Since these dresses are pullover dresses, I like to put a little rosebud or embroidered piece on the front to make it easy to see which side is the front.

This is a plaid homespun cotton with a gold metallic thread, so I accented the hem and sleeves with gold ribbon.

I also made a matching girls dress, size 14.
The girls dress is fully lined with an added petticoat sewn in.

When there isn't quite enough fabric, I make the sleeves of another fabric that coordinates:

This fabric does not wrinkle, so no ironing is necessary, and the dress is soft, as soft can be. The fabric was such a pleasure to sew, I have made up my mind to get some of the fabric for myself.


Lynn said...

It will be fun to see what you make out of this fabric for yourself!

Stephanie said...

Oh, what a lovely, feminine, and delightful dress! The colors are simply perfect for the Christmas season :) And the shirt underneath is ever so pretty with the ruffle around the neck.

Blessings to you on this wonderful day. Hugs!

Lydia said...

I just sewed white sleeves and added lace at the neck

Mrs. C said...

Beautiful dresses and excellent workmanship, Lydia! I love the ribbon accents.

Stampin' to the Beat! said...

Beautiful dresses! I wish that these had been around when I was nursing my children. I really love the size 14 dress as well - I will be on the look out for one for my 11 year old daughter. She would love it :)

Dawn said...

Lovely dresses! What a perfect plaid and ribbon trim for Christmas and all winter long.

Gigi said...

Oh my goodness, these dresses are incredible! As a nursing mom, I would buy one from you if you sold them! I have a daughter that would look lovely in the size 14 you made, as well. :) Well done! They are gorgeous!

anonymous said...

How darling a mother-daughter dress of homespun fabric and such pretty plaid too. Perfect for Christmas. The bow and gold band at the sleeve ends are pretty. A head band or a holly hair clip to match would be nice also.