So, I thought I’d take a quick look at my latest Easter dress. A very quick look, because I didn’t like many of the photos I was taking of the dress, except a close up of the pocket. Then, I thought I would, very briefly, give my own opinion of what’s important for an Easter dress.
The idea has slowly dawned on me the last couple years: Easter dresses definitely have to be of some style. The classic Easter dress, more or less pictured on the right (courtesy of Bing) should be a simple but pretty sundress, possibly with sleeves, of a pastel coloring. A white sunhat fits perfectly too, and some nice little white sandals.
That, for me, is probably the classic (typical) Easter dress, obviously with variations.
It’s occurred to me that I actually rarely ever make a dress of that exact description. So, having come to realize a couple things I didn’t think of before, I thought I’d lay out a couple essential rules for an Easter dress:
- the dress should be comfortable and fun to wear. I discovered this point this year, when I had to make last minute adjustments to my dress, because I wasn’t really comfortable in it.
- I want to be happy wearing it. It shouldn’t be tiresome. At the same time, I’d be happy with a dress that’s just a little too special to be at all casual.
- It should be Sunday best. We all basically try to wear something nice on Sunday, but for me it’s because I like Sunday, it’s a special day for me. But Resurrection Sunday is extra best, and so it is important for me that I have something new, fun and special.
- It has to be happy. No explanation needed.
- It has to have flowers involved. Flowers are definitely necessary.
I think these rules definitely work for me. Some day I’ll make a classic Easter dress, along with the white sun hat and white sandals (both of which I have)
A few of my recent Easter dresses have been:
A pink maxi dress. When I say pink, I mean, real, proper, hot Summer pink with flowers of varying shades and styles. Surprisingly, it’s less obnoxious than it sounds. Definitely more along the lines of a classic Easter dress (except the pink should have been a bit more pastel)
A couple years ago I had another maxi dress, blue with tiny darker blue floral/leaf designs. Definitely not a typical Easter dress, except that the blue is almost pastel. Sometimes I get lovely fabric for my birthday, and I usually decide what I want to do with it by Resurrection Sunday, which was the case with this dress.
I found some lovely, plain pink fabric a couple years ago, and last year I made it in to a lovely ’50s inspired Vogue pattern, and put embroidery on it (pictured above).
This year, I did something a little different. It all started with Resurrection Sunday coming up sooner than I expected, plus I decided I didn’t want to make anything out of my new polka-dot fabric yet.
Last year I started to make the pattern on the left, with the interesting bias tape detail included (example given on the dress to the right on the pattern). Then I lost the bias tape, which is made out of contrast fabric (still haven’t found it, even after a good clean up!)
Finally, I decided to finish the pattern. I pulled it out, tried to remember everything I was supposed to do and zipped it up. I think this was the first time I’ve finished an old project for Resurrection Sunday. But it was thoroughly satisfactory, and basically fit exactly what I would want.
Pictured on the left is the pocket and side of my dress. I love the fabric (more or less selected by Abigail) and I love the contrasting fabric too. The upper part of the top is also the contrast fabric, which is slightly unusual for us. We don’t tend to be adventurous in that way of matching fabrics, but this time it looked right. I also did the sleeves, but they got a bit complicated and ended up being short sleeves.
It is extremely fun to wear, surprisingly comfortable and, also surprisingly, very Princess-y.
As you can see, this isn’t exactly what I would call the classic Easter dress. But as Hannah pointed out, it’s more or less the most Easter-y of all our dresses. Hannah made a beautiful ’50s inspired dress out of blue fabric and Abigail made a beautiful purple dress (actually quite Easter-y).
Being New Mexico, I probably won’t wear this in the hot months, since it has sleeves. So, I’ll probably be wearing it as much as possible in the next couple months.
And there’s a quick look at my Resurrection Sunday dress. I paired it with some beautiful light brown oxford-like shoes, provided by a wonderful friend, and I kind of liked it with my new denim jacket. I didn’t manage to figure out what jewelry I liked with it, but I think it’s OK without.
Of course, the best way to complete a fun out fit is to be wearing it on a wonderful day. That doesn’t necessarily mean a good weather day – although that is important to me – but just a good day with friends and family. This Resurrection Sunday turned out pretty wonderful, in my opinion.
P.S. a last minute addition: when I was looking at this pattern online, I ran across a version done that I really like! It’s exciting and subtle and interesting. So here’s a link if you want to check it out!