Something inexplicable happened a few days ago. My “baby” girls turned five! How did this happen? I keep telling them to stop growing but they just laugh and keep right on growing.
We had a lovely family party on their actual birthday and they are looking forward to their friend party this weekend. I made them these cute twirl skirts from Growing Up With Rosie. I know they are a bit frilly but I figure that they won’t let me get away with it for much longer. The pattern was very simple and easy to follow. They only thing I would say about it is that it runs a bit big. Fortunately, I measured and sewed the one for my smaller girl first and ended up using it for my bigger girl. I was then able to scale it down a bit more for the smaller one. Of course you want it big and full and “twirly”. I think that I would just take a few inches off the length.
It also gave me a chance to try appliqué again. I have been wanting to do appliqué for ages but have always been afraid of getting a nice zigzag stitch all the way around. Recently I have found a lot of examples of just straight stitching around the appliqué. Of course with knit appliqué like the dinosaur I did for the boys, it doesn’t matter because knit doesn’t fray. Even using a straight stitch with cotton fabric is O.K. as long as you know that it will have that frayed look over time. Guess what, I’m O.K. with that if it means I can finally try my hand at appliqué.
I appliquéd a cute little cupcake on the peek-a-boo part of the skirt and on a store purchased t-shirt. I think that they came out really cute and I like the button cherry on top.
I also was able to sew this cute little art tote for the girls. I used a free tutorial from my favorite blog, From and Igloo. My apologies to Christine for using the exact same fabric. Lame, I know. I had been eyeing it and trying to think of something fun to make for the girls with it and then I came across the art tote tutorial and just had to do it.
They totally love them!
Happy Birthday little girls! Mommy loves you very much!