Let's not get too hasty...Camden sort of had a tea party-themed birthday, but not really. I made teacup-shaped invites, and we made butterfly-shaped placemats (that blew all around in the wind that thrives in Bend, OR)...and I meant to make a butterfly-shaped birthday cake, but that totally didn't pan out (at least it's GOOD cake!) Anyway, best-laid plans and all that aside, the kids had fun, and it was a gorgeous day! I took not ONE single picture, and I'm now a bit sad in realizing that. I was too busy trying to keep candles lit and things from blowing away, aha!
Back on topic, though! I made Camden a fourth Tea Party Sundress by Oliver and S. I last made one in 2014 and blogged about it here. I always LOVE this dress. The sad issue is that Camden has run her course with this pattern. I officially made her the size 5 - AND lengthened it. It's definitely still a bit short. I added an inch to the hem and sewed the bodice length with a smaller seam allowance then did the same with the bodice/skirt seam, just to give it that much extra. No worries, as it's still cute, but this pattern ends with size 5 - understandably. It wouldn't be quite as fetching to see it on an older child. The bodice DOES have a tendency to look wider, compared to the skirt. There exists an optical illusion, just because of the piping, but also because of the flare. It's just definitely a little girl dress, and one of these days, Camden won't BE a little girl! :O
I used the same bodice fabric as I used for THIS dress, which worked out nicely, and I again used deep stash fabric. It feels good when I'm able to use up some of the cuts I already have, rather than buying more, when I really can't afford to. Camden really wanted some sort of blue, as in ELSA blue, but I had to keep insisting that sort of blue wouldn't quite work, aha!
The pattern is always delightful to sew, but insert a million disgruntled faces here: I totally recognize that my flat piping looks WONKY, and I went against my better judgment and cut it the width the pattern calls for, though I'd been thinking of cutting it just a bit narrower. Too bad, so sad for me, but that's a bit of a bummer, as it looks too wide and crazy.
|This kid really wants his own photo shoot, it seems!|
|Simple, chain-store buttons, but I love how they work!|
Up next for me?? I have yet to blog about a new skirt I made Camden, and I have plans for a few more outfits, but.......NO sewing this week! A friend and her family will be in town, so, I hope we get outside quite a bit! I also just bound off a cowl, and I hope to sneak photos of that this week!
A bit of a weekend in review!
|That tongue, aha!|
|Awww! Helping at Windy Acres Dairy|
|Crazy sunshine days!|
|Poor, hungry babies!|