Anyway, this Mummy has not enjoyed admitting the fact that my baby is now 1 year old. And to top it off, the week before her birthday she went from cruising the furniture and taking the occasional step, to full-blown walking. This left Mummy a little shell-shocked, but she does look so totally adorable when she's walking, so I guess I'll cope! The cuteness is topped off by the fact that she's a petite little thing, and still has hardly any hair, so she really does look too tiny to walk ... cute factor to the max!!
To help Mummy cope with the birthday and the walking, what better than to put all that emotional energy into making a little birthday dress for the birthday girl? I used this tutorial, but instead of doing the stripe match-up thing (which I also love) I used this cute spotty fabric, and just cut a 1 piece bodice-front on the fold. The best thing about this fabric was that I got it off the "clearance table" at Spotlight a few months back for $4 per metre. Gotta love a cute and inexpensive little birthday dress.
Anyway, in this project I learned how to make a lined bodice (never done that before), and how to use piping. I was pretty happy with my attempt, but I will admit that I made the bodice twice ... the first time I forgot to add seam allowance when tracing a T-shirt to make a pattern ... yeah, the poor girl could barely breathe when trying it on, and almost needed to be cut out of it ... was a little small ... oops! So I made a new one, and it fits pretty well. She looks so cute toddling around in this little darling of a dress.
Then when Bethany saw Hannah's new party dress, she announced that she needed a new dress for Hannah's birthday too, and it should be the SAME! Was a good thing I bought 2 metres of this fabric ... phew!
this tutorial recently, and decided to give it a go. I found a cute white fabric, complete with ready-made pin-tucks, ruffles and lace, so all I had to do was decide which direction to cut it in, and try to get the details matching on the front and back of the bodice, and centred too! Yay for pre-embelished fabrics!
This was probably the trickiest dress I've made (in terms of sewing techniques) to date. But having said that, it really only took about 1.5 hours including making a bodice pattern by tracing a T-shirt, cutting out the fabric and sewing. Not bad really. This one taught me to do a curved bodice, a totally different lined bodice technique and gathered straps / cap-sleeves. I really love it, and Bethany just looks so beautiful and grown up.
Oh, and do you like Bethany's new modeling pose ... boy that munchkin can be hilarious ... every time we ask her to pose for a photo now, this is what we get with her ankles crossed and hip stuck out ... oh, and the dress is just perfectly matched with those pink gumboots she decided to wear so she could jump in puddles as we watered our new plants! Funny girl! Love her!!
(available here)! My absolute fave are the Owl cupcakes ... so simple, yet so effective.
So that's how Mummy