Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Birthday

 Today is my granddaughter's 3rd birthday. Wow, time has flown by!

She wore the birthday dress I made for her to school this morning.

I am proud to say the entire outfit was made from my stash. Being in the middle of an ice storm helped me stick to my de-stash pledge.

The dress pattern is Children's Corner Louise

The skirt is Michael Miller's "Children at play".

The top is Moda Essential Dots  in turquoise.  The piping and sash are hot pink cotton that has been in my stash for years.

The buttons on the back are shell buttons from  Lots of Buttons

I used 2 yards for the skirt.  The fabric is a double border along the length of the selvage.  This allowed me to have a full skirt and match the border print along the center back.

From the edge of the selvage(which has printed information on it) to the  beginning of the border print is 3 inches.

I carefully cut off the selvage because the printed words would show through. I turned up the fabric 1/4 inch then turned up again 1 inch. the hem was then stitched by hand.

I decided to add a small hot pink cotton rick rack to the hem line. I know I could just straight stitch the rick rack down but I don't like the way rick rack looks after it has been washed and all the points are curling. Plus, I know my granddaughter likes a little bling!

Starting at the center back, I used tiny dots of basting glue and applied the rick rack where I wanted it. After everything was dry, I stitched seed beads to the points of the rick rack. I used short lengths of thread because this is a dress for a very active 3 year old.