|Both hanging together with matching hairbows, including Nikki's||"bow hat"|
Well, they're done. I thought I'd post the lyrics from the song from which these dresses are named! Because they really are completely frankenpatterned. The only patterns that matched were the late 60s-early 70s patterns that the sleeves came from. The dress shells are from two different 50s patterns, Nikki's pinafore is modified from 40s pinafore dress pattern, and Gracie's is from a 30s Hollywood pattern. The collars and cuffs are finished with Victorian faggoting stitching.
The lengthening was considerably more on this one! I went for tea length on both simply because they'll last the winter that way. I like knowing that if they grow an inch or two, they won't be too short. Surprisingly, in Nikki's case, with a ten minute alteration, her crinoline still fits and Gracie's does, too. At the last minute, I added an extra line of lace on Nikki's bodice because it just needed it to my eyes. Tomorrow, after school, we're going to the Sears portrait studio to take pictures.
White tights, the dresses, shiny black shoes, crinolines, and coordinating bows are the order of the day.
And speaking of bows... Nikki has a "bow hat". It's really just a bow attached to a stretchy headband because she doesn't have enough hair in front to hold one. Predictably, Grace wants one, too, but I've only got one headband right now! More silk ribbon here, with the red and white in the centers. (I wouldn't really recommend doing silk ribbon bows. They're just too limp.)
We've tried things on, and they fit, so I'll iron them tonight and I'll post pictures when we get them back!