It’s taken me a while to get around to sewing the Portabello Pixie Analise but I finally got to it this week and whipped up a sweet summery dress for Miss L.

I picked up the fabric from Joann’s after fondling it over the course of several trips to thte store. (Don’t act like you don’t do the same thing.) I bought it even though I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with it, although I had an inkling that it would make a lovely dress. It’s a little tough to see here but the fabric is criss-crossing pintucks with criss-crossing pieces of white lace. (Here’s a close up.) Just a very sweet and feminine fabric.

I lucked out in buying yardage for this dress. Seriously. I had just enough to make it. Although I did use a plain white Egyptian cotton for the straps (also for the bodice lining). I just thought that would be more comfortable than the lace right against her skin. (See the back of the dress here.)

One thing I didn’t realize about the fabric until it was too late: the lace is polyester. Which meant my very hot iron melted it when I was pressing one piece. Fortunately, it was a very small area that’s pretty much hidden, but definitely something I paid attention to during the rest of the garment construction process.

I skipped adding a binding to the hem and just did a minimal turned hem for it. If I weren’t so lazy, I probably would have done a hem facing (and French seams) because the fabric really seems to call for more of an heirloom-sewing approach. But I really wanted to get it done so I took the easy way out.

The finished dress will be perfect to wear to her brother’s high school graduation in a couple of weeks, and then maybe for some other special days this summer (don’t ask me what; I have no clue). And maybe for her very late 4-year portraits …

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24 thoughts on “Summer Whites

  1. Michelle

    I love it! I am a new reader to your blog. I found you through a Google search. BTW, I just got a very small cut of that same fabric in the remnant bin at JoAnn’s.

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  2. Jeannine

    What a beautiful dress. I love the simplicity, and yet elegant fabric you used. Sometimes, we try to hard to make something so special, we forget that stunning pieces are very basic. I think of Chanel or Ralph Lauren. I love this dress on her, and I think you will be able to dress it up or down. It will definitely be something you will always remember. Great job. I think I may go to JA tomorrow! LOL.

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  3. sadira

    Good gravy! Isn’t that the most perfect summer dress?!? I swear I had about a hundred little visions of her dance through my head (now I have a headache…) and all the lovely things she would be doing in this dress!!


  4. Nicole

    What a gorgeous dress with gorgeous fabric and a beautiful little model. :) I love the pattern. I have several with that type of back. It must be very popular. It sure is cute!


  5. Leslie

    This is very cute! I haven’t don’t any portobella pixie patterns yet but I have been wanting to try the “Gracie.” I will have to add this one to the list!


  6. lilyhaven

    What a perfect summer dress. There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful white dress. I saw that fabric at Joann’s too and mulled over it for awhile. I ended up not getting it because I couldn’t figure out what to make with it. It really is stunning fabric. You did a beautiful job.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

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  7. Sarah

    Absolutely adorable! What a cool fabric too…

    One day soonish I need to pick your brain for baby/toddler girl patterns… See which ones you liked sewing up for Miss L. My cousin is having her first in August!

    Sarahs last blog post..I caved…


  8. Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY

    I’ve been browsing all your wonderful posts and it’s nice to catch up with what you’ve been up to.

    I had to stop on this photo because not only is the dress adorable, but your daughter looks sooooo tall!

    Wow, what a big girl now. Adorable as ever too.

    Hope all is well.

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