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Is there any girl in the world who doesn’t love chocolates, fairytales, and dolls, owing to the coquette looking rag dolls, the enchantingly narrated rose fairies, clad in their silken, beautiful gowns? Ever since I have aged, I grew up like a marooned fanatic, eating bundles and bundles of dark Belgian chocolate and loving pretty dolls, due to their eternal, pristine wonder and as I stare at them for hours, I feel I’m losing myself, deep into the pages of a summer fairy book of spells!

The Midsummer period is perhaps the most prized times of the year and truly, unlike the chilling wintry spell, it is a delightful time that romps with the glittery colors, sprightly gestures, immeasurable excitements and the frenzies of hollowing into a maze of enchanting magical realism, when one can feel as free as a butterfly!

I often scoop down, unfurling my favorite childhood corners, such as the silhouetted fairy meadows, the echoing woodlands, and the meandering paths that weave their way deep into the idyllic pathways of my past. I often aspire to find myself standing bedazzled amid the lovely little ladies of the Yellow Brick Road, living in chocolate cottages, wearing the most exquisitely patterned gowns, embellished in rubies and pearls or the ruddy looking Hobbits, staring at the very sight of me in their Hobbit-like, real-life fairy dells?

However, to name a few favorite cities, I love to travel to and cherish the timelessness of my favorite capitals of love and beauty, such as Verona, Florence and Paris, the cities that have inspired mavens of food art and clothing connoisseurs, like the legendary fashion icon Coco Chanel, from all over the world. These cities have been roamed barefooted by hundreds of artists for centuries, carrying their vintage luggage boxes, who hoped to make their bespangled dreams come true someday!

Being a fashionista by the very gems of my genetic makeup, I also aspire to proudly launch apparel by my own name someday! To walk down the sun-kissed bridges, live in quaint shabby chic cottages, read old-fashioned classics all day, devour madly on dark chocolates endlessly day and night, stored inside the exquisitely designed truffle boxes, gawk at the exquisite paisley French gowns, ramble the cobblestone streets and relish the very feeling of being in the finest cities of Europe makes me ruffle deep down my vintage dreams, knotted with queenly ruffles, delicate laceworks and beaded with a mist of beads meandering patchily in works of elegant embroidery.

I love the idea of owning prettily embroidered vintage frocks, of every season, draped gracefully with intricate petticoat linings of cotton, velvet, and silk. I often choose the creamily textured dresses, often embellished with awe-inspiring motifs such as rosy bunches surrounded by twirling floral wreaths, sprigs, and seamlessly perched robins, all hemmed in a celestial dance of macramé, satin, and lazy daisy chain stitches.

They look absolutely regal and I often practice stitching them as cute, little dresses for my little girl’s collection of dolls. The frocks that I like the most are the aristocratic-looking yoke frocks and waist gathered frocks, ruffled with divine embellishments, and florally patterned lace collars.

To make those perfectly stitched vintages like frocks, reminding you of the golden epochs of yesteryears, I searched far and low for the perfect stitching guideline and here is the best one found by me:

The Fabrics to be used:

As my child was just about to turn four, I barely required a lot of material for her long, long fawn-colored silk frock. So, here is what I exactly bought:

Fawn colored, rosy-looking silk – almost four meters,

Fawn colored satin lining –almost two meters,

Delicately fabricated crocheted lace and Versailles like lace- to create the headdress and the collars- one meter

Once I stitched the gown, almost all the material was used up, and thus, I utilized all of it.

Creating the Intricate Pattern Nimbly!

Place a frock that fits your child along with the spread of the new material, and folded it into four portions, as done for tight trousers. One must assure to extract a complete portion till the end of the entire material, in order to conserve the dress material. Now, fragment the upper portion by cutting it and splitting the front and back ends. We should also cur the back portion along the center so that it can be opened on the downward surface of the frock.

Now, take adequately estimated cloth for fastening the frock and make sure that an equal portion is made from the rest of the remaining material. This remaining material is used to stitch the lower half of the entire frock. Similarly, for the upper half, take the equal measurements and leave the rest of it aside to create the bottommost part of the gown. One must check if the adequate amount of fabric is cut for sewing the top area of the dress to the neckline.

  • The Top:

The lining of the frock is joined with the front line of the net-like material, keeping the impeccable outer area on the top face side. Revert it for the lower portion, too.

  • The Bottom:

Now, stitch the bottom-most portion of the frock and attach it to the upper lining, for both the front as well as backsides. Stitch the entire fabric for the frock separately and sew into the topmost portion and then adjoin both the front and back portions.

  • The Neck Line:

Now, as the last step, sew the lace onto the neck portion and join the rest of the frock to tie it to the neckline portion. Once you do this, the long, fairy-like gown is ready to be adored by your little angel!

But, to make it look better, do not show her simply and keep it a surprise! Yes, tuck it inside a custom-styled cupcake box, with a bundle of her favorite candies, or an old hatbox, tied with a beautifully colored rose pink ribbon, and present it to her little majesty! I can’t describe the ecstatic smile on the face of my angel when I had made her birthday frock and she was simply thrilled! Gift her this exquisite birthday box and see her adorably blushed face!

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