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!


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23 thoughts on “A quick birthday dress

  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!! :))))

  2. 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!

  3. 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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