Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two birthdays, two dresses

My girls were born two years and one week apart, which is fun. For now. I imagine at some point they'll get sick of sharing birthday parties and demand their own lives, because sheesh, come on Mom, we're not the same person. Separate celebrations, please.

But for now, we make it easy with one party. They do, however, get their own presents - although I think Natalie imagines that they're all for her, and Sam can just share when Natalie's feeling magnanimous.

This year I was determined that they should have "birthday dresses", though neither one of them got to wear them on their actual birthdays - in both cases, I was a day too late in finishing. (Again, not sure they care. Sam, because - well, she's a baby - and Natalie, because she never wants to wear anything I make her. Come to think of it, she doesn't really want to wear much, period. She might be three.)


So happy birthday to my girls! I just can't believe I have two toddlers.  Sort of. I still think of Sam as being a "baby", though she really isn't. She's standing on her own more and more, and taking a few tentative steps when she thinks of it. Gotta keep up with Natalie, who's faster than a speeding mom or dad. I like to think their dresses say something about them.

Sam's dress is from a free pattern, the Bella dress (available in size 4T, but for a limited time it was available in extended sizes, and I managed to snap it up!) from Handicraftiness blog. I got my hands on just a half yard of Wee Wander - Wander Woods - in Petal (Sarah Jane Studios for Michael Miller), and found some Timeless Treasures Sketch in Pink to coordinate. Both fabrics are light, sweet, and just have Sam's name all over them. She's such a sweet, calm little girl (I'm really not sure where she got that.) This dress makes her look even more like the sweet princess she is, with the dainty flutter sleeves, gathered skirt, and ruffle accent on the bodice.


I had an oops! moment with the sleeves, forgetting that they were supposed to be lined (that's a sewing late at night/not reading carefully mistake!) so I did a narrow hem instead. They don't look quite as nice, but it works! Plus, I think it gives the edge a little waviness to add to the girly feel (at least that's what I'm telling myself! ;) )

(I have no pictures of either girl actually wearing their dress, so you can't see that I took in the bit under the zipper on the back a little too much, and that the shoulders on this pattern are a bit too wide for little Sam. Just pretend it fits her perfectly, because it looks oh so cute. ;) )


I found Natalie's Clifford fabric on ebay, and a blue and white dot to coordinate. She loves Clifford (this picture is from her first Christmas - my sister and brother-in-law gave her a stuffed Clifford and some books. She "attacked" the stuffed dog, shrieking and giggling and hugging, and she's rarely been without him since.)


This dress is the Gem dress from Brynberlee Designs on etsy. Must give a shout out for her customer service, as well - when I bought the dress, Sarah was running a BOGO sale for a group I was in on Facebook. I bought the Gem dress, and another (the Katelin) - but the Gem listing was wrong, and I got the Katelin and Faith instead! After messaging Sarah, she not only assured me she'd fix the problem, but sent the Gem dress to me free of charge! I've since bought the Lindsey dress, as well as the Erin skirt. Brynberlee patterns are adorable, and I can't wait to have some time to sew them all!


I love the one shoulder look, with the thinner ruffly strap on the other side. It's the only pattern I own with this unique silhouette, and I love the "sass" that it brings to the look - it's Natalie, all over. The double ruffle on the bodice makes the party look complete, and the elastic bands around the neckline and waist ensure a perfect custom fit. I didn't follow the instructions on the pattern for the strap and ruffles exactly, but I came out with the same effect. Plus, the dress can be worn with the strap on either side! I did a little decorative stitching on the hem, too, to echo the feel of the dots and ruffles.


I tried, and I think I succeeded, in capturing my girls' personalities in their "birthday" dresses - I'm excited to make this a tradition to continue, to attempt to capture them in a special outfit for their special day each year!








16 comments:

  1. Awww! Such sweet dresses. You're little girls are lucky to have a mom who can make fun outfits! Happy birthday to them both!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love that sarah jane fabric! And those sleeves are just fine. I think an unlined flutter sleeve can feel a little more dainty anyway :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, thank you! I feel a little better about them now, I wasn't thrilled with how they came out, but the dress does look cute on her! :)

      Delete
  3. These are so sweet! (You know I have to find my ruffles and pink elsewhere :D) My boys are two years and two weeks apart (they'll be one and three in June) and I'm so excited to only have to do one birthday a year!
    Amy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Amy! I'll keep you up on the ruffles and pink, and you can keep me up to date on all those great boy looks - just in case! ;)

      Delete
  4. Those are both very cute dresses! The Clifford one is so cute, tho! Cracking me up, with those big red doggies. I love Clifford.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kathy! Lol it's kind of an improbable fabric - she just loves him, though, and when I saw it on ebay I just had to buy it for her!

      Delete
  5. Absolutely adorable - I actually didn't realize it was Clifford fabric at first. I love that you took their personalities into consideration designing them :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, thank you :) It was fun to "design their personalities".

      Delete
  6. These are so cute! happy birthday to your little ladies!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sew cute! And love your fabrics! How do you find five minutes to sew anything with two little ones? You must be Super Mom!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Maris! Oh, I so wish I were Super Mom! I feel like I get NOTHING done, but I stay up really REALLY late every night just so I can have some sewing time! It's worth it :)

      Delete
  8. Loving all those ruffles with that Clifford fabric. So cute!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aren't they adorable, though? :) Thanks Chelsea!

      Delete