Monday, January 20, 2014

A quick birthday dress

A few days ago, Norah turned four. A birthday dress was due, but it had to be a quick project.

Luckily, fabrics with big prints combine best with simple designs, so I had the perfect excuse to just go for a simple bodice+skirt dress. I used the Hanami pattern once again (sorry about that, but Norah just wears that drop waist so well). I left off the flutter sleeves and used a hidden zipper in the back.


The fabric is Park Landscape from Michael Miller. Because Norah was so fond of her deer dress, which is way too short now, I had been looking for a similar wildlife print several times over the past months, but never found anything I liked. But then a few weeks ago, I bumped into this one on Etsy when I was looking for something completely different. The shop where I bought it from, Jean Marie's Fabrics, was a great find. Shop owners Shawna and Winona Jean are super nice, and I just love it when Etsy shops spontaneously refund any overcharged shipping costs. Not for the money; simply for the kind gesture.


A birthday also means a new crown for Norah. Every year I make a crown in a new fabric, and an assorted bunting. This year I used Echino Decoro Rhino in Mustard (from FabricWorm).




The number four is made from velveteen iron-on foil from Noeks.



No birthday party without a campy birthday cake! Norah picked a picture from one of her favorite Tiny books to be printed onto her cake.



Ava, meanwhile, reached her own milestone yesterday: her first solid food! Next milestone: effectively swallowing the stuff. In the picture below, there's more mashed vegetables on her face than ended up in her stomach.


Cheerio!

23 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Norah! You look lovely in your new dress and I also love your cake!! That was one of my favourite books when I was a little girl too!! :))))

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    1. Thanks, Suz! And I had this hunch that you would like the cake ;-)

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  2. Hiep hiep hoera! Wat is ze al een echte juffrouw! Ik heb dezelfde stof ook voor een kleedje gebruikt... Zalig stofje!

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  3. Ava ziet er koddig uit ;-) En weer een prachtig leedje voor Norah!

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  4. gelukkige verjaardag Norah! :)
    mooie jurk!

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  5. Het stofje ligt hier ook nog te wachten... jouw versie is alvast zeer geslaagd en zeer inspirerend ;)

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  6. Super mooi! Ze straalt. Proficiat voor beide meisjes: voor de verjaardag en de patatjes! M

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  7. Altijd heerlijke momenten die mijlpalen.....
    :)

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  8. Happy Birthday!! I didn't know she was so close in age to my youngest daughter! I love her dress and cake!

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  9. Prachtig jurkje! Een dikke proficiat voor de kleine dames :)

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  10. mooi stofje zeg!
    leuk feestje precies voor een grote meid

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  11. So cute! happy Birthday to Norah!

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  12. Gelukkige verjaardag Norah! Ze ziet er stralend uit!

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  13. 'Quick' kan duidelijk ook 'beautiful' betekenen! Hieperdepiep voor jarige Norah in haar prachtjurk!

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  14. Hoera voor de jarige meid! Ze straalt in haar nieuw kleedje.

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  15. Happy birthday, Norah! I LOVE her new dress!

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  16. Hoera voor Norah! De jurk is prachtig, op en top feestelijk!

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  17. Oh An! I'm in a pickle now! This is so lovely that I may have to 'knock it off'....apologies..but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! And that means more in my sewing queue...Perhaps a birthday dress for Missy's 4th birthday in 6 weeks time. They're getting so grown up now!

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    1. Please do, Victoria! And I never realised that Missy and Norah were so close in age... I'm sure Missy would love a Park Dress (Norah sure does!).

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  18. Wow! I'm so jealous of your sewing skills and what gorgeous fabrics, of course you have a very beautiful model too. My baby daughter Molly has very similar colouring to Norah but she turned 18 this week so even if my sewing skills improve, I don't think she will want me making her pretty dresses!!!

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  19. I love that print so much! I have been wanting to try the bigger nature prints but I'm not sure my four year old would wear it. The sash is perfect too!

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