Matching Easter Outfits

Can I just start this post by saying that getting three kids dressed and groomed and then keeping them clean long enough to get a photo where they are actually smiling is impossible?! Man! I just couldn’t seem to make it happen. So you get what you get in the photo department.
But… on to the sewing…
I made matching outfits for the kiddos for Easter! And I even finished them early for once! I had big plans to post all about them last week, but one thing led to another and here it is Thursday already. Dontcha hate it when that happens?!
I bought the mustard polka dot fabric at Hobby Lobby because I just couldn’t say no to it. It’s not very Easter-pastel like, but I just don’t care.
I decided to make super ruffly skirts because I’ve been realizing lately that my little girls will only want the fru-fru for so long and I need to take advantage!
For the baby, I made a ruffled underskirt topped with a Belle-inspired ruched overskirt.
Hmm… looking at this photo makes me think I’ll add the gathers to the side seams as well. What do you think?
These are what the pieces looked like before I sewed them together:

I have no idea how you are supposed to sew the gathers on the skirt. So I made something up. I drew lines on the skirt, sewed it, gathered it up, then sewed over the gathering line onto a piece of ribbon to keep it in place, like this:

Who knows what the right way is…

Big sister got a “peekaboo” skirt (inspired by THIS).

It’s just three rectangles of fabric: one plain yellow back piece, one yellow front piece with the swoop at the bottom, and a third piece of white with ruffles on it. I basted the front piece with the white piece, then sewed the skirt together like normal.

I whipped up a cute handsome (he hates when I call him cute) bow tie for brother and we were good to go.

I very roughly followed THIS tutorial, but I used elastic instead of adding a clip-on doo-hickey or a fabric strap. I dunno why…because it seemed easier?

This is where we get to the failed photo shoot.

Big sister’s skirt is on crooked and pulled down super low on her waist. Little sister’s pot belly pushed her skirt down and it’s all smooshed and not sitting right. Brother’s shirt is untucked and his chin is hiding his bow tie! And obviously no one looks happy. Ack!

And that was the best shot by a landslide!

I gave up when this started:

She was NOT a happy camper! Thus ended the photo shoot. Luckily, we get to try again after church on Sunday… if everyone can stay happy and clean long enough!


  1. So cute! I would have never noticed the clothing problems in the pic if you hadn't mentioned them! I like the idea of gathering the sides on the little skirt too.

    Oh, and it sounds like you did the gathering 'right' (there are a few ways to do it). You should also be able to stitch over the gather without the ribbon & just let the stitching hold it in place.


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