Saturday, 15 February 2014

here's to turning three!

 
There aren't many birthday's in your life when your mum can convince you to wear a fabric party hat made of leftover scraps! Here's to 3 year olds! hip hip hooray!
 

Two 3 year old thumbs up for the twirl factor, but two 3 year old thumbs down on the colour. I've never seen any ambivalence of attitude in a 3 year old. So on this dress, we'll swing from love to hate depending on the mood. That's the roller coaster we ride at our house. Here's to 3 year olds! sigh, sigh, hooray!


But in typical 3 year old just-starting-to -work-out-empathy style I am reassured that "Tinkerbell really likes her new dress, mum. She's delighted with it" Thanks darling. Happy birthday.

Hip hip hooray details:
A wears: Oliver + S Pinwheel Dress and Tunic, size 3 and fabric party hat from a Japanese magazine. (nightmare to turn inside out. Assuming that's what I was meant to do....)
Tinkerbell wears: Little Things To Sew tea Party Doll Dress
Fabric requirement for all: 1.5m

20 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to A! I think a rather cunning plan to make co-ordinating clothes for the doll, and I think the colour rather suits the two of them. Was she hoping for something in pink or purple?

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    1. Thanks. I thought the matching thing might win her over. It still may... I'm sure pink would have made her much happier. But this was one fabric that I bought (very cheaply on sale) that I had a definite plan for. It kind of had to be the Pinwheel dress.

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  2. She looks adorable! Happy Birthday sweetheart!

    I am currently making a Tea Party Dress for a friends daughter who turns 4 on Wednesday and am making up a LTTS Tea Party miniature version to go with as well. I love seeing the big and little versions together on this post, the cute factor is overwhelming!

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    1. Thank you. She had a great day even though she found it a bit overwhelming at times!
      My original plan had been matching Tea Party dresses too, but then I realised I only had the small pattern size and she's gone and grown on me! :(
      look forward to seeing pics of your dresses.

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  3. Happy Birthday! I think she looks fantastic on her new dress! Perhaps the color will grown her, especially since her doll is already convert :)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. It's pretty big on her so there's plenty of time for her to come around!

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  4. She looks so sweet in her special birthday dress with matching dolly. Love the felt crown...making one is on my to-do list.

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    1. Thanks Deb. If only the crown had been felt. That's a clever idea. I used the leftover fabrics and a really strong bag interfacing. But it was a nightmare to turn right side out and started to tear at the clipped corners hence the topstitching all round. If there's ever a next one, it will be felt!

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  5. Happy happy 3rd birthday!!! I love the colour! I especially like it paired with the dark trim. I love your description of 3-year old empathy even better. What a cutie!

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    1. Thanks Irene. I find 2-3 year olds hilarious. She received her first birthday present from us in the morning. Then when my parents arrived for the party my mum presented her with a gift saying "here's a present for you". her reply: "Oh, I've already got one of those"

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  6. What a shame she doesn't love the colour. I think it's fab! The whole birthday matching outfits and hats. You outdid yourself. Happy birthday little one!

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    1. Thank you. I think the twirliness will win her over in the end. It's just too twirly a dress not to love it.

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  7. Adorable!!!!! The dress looks so festive. I love how it matches the dolls dress. I am just starting to get into the matching doll and daughter clothes. The crown is super cute too. My girl turns 3 at the end of April and I am starting to plan and make things for it.

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    1. Thanks Christine. good on you for being so prepared! Mine was a few late nights in the week before her birthday.

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  8. Happy birthday! How did you find the fit on her dress. It's an Oliver & S yes? I think I have this one and remember people mentioning it being quite large.

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    1. She's been a size 2 with added length in the Oliver + S patterns for so long now. She measured exactly between the two sizes so I went up a size (seemed fitting for a birthday). Nothing more scientific than that.
      The dress (underneath) is definitely too wide around the chest and probably should have been a size down (back to the size 2T) with this length (3T). The tunic however couldn't really be any smaller across the shoulders.
      I think all the width in this pattern starts about 1" below the armpit. From there down it seems very roomy (or twirly)

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  9. Happy 3rd birthday, poppet!

    The dress is adorable. I love the swirly print...it's perfect for the Pinwheel dress.

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  10. (I guess there is always someone who has to be last - or late - to comment)

    You are definitely right about what pattern this fabric was destined to end up as! I love the colour too - it looks so nice on A. What a shame kids grow into people with opinions, likes and dislikes... And aren't afraid to voice them. But at least A was able to make you feel a little better about the doll's dress. That is so cute!

    At any rate it sounds like A had an enjoyable time - even if she hasn't yet appreciated that it is always better to get lots of presents. So, belated birthday wishes!!!

    And before you know it, A will be at university or bringing boys home and you'll wonder where the time went...

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  11. Happy Birthday Precious, hope you had a lovely day in your special hat and dress. xx

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  12. I love this dress you have made, but I can also see your daughter being totally ho hum about the colour. But then that's what three year olds are (and 4, 5, 6 and so on...)In my experience the flounce will help in the long term and you have done such a good job.

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