Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Handmade Birthday Gift

While visiting home last month, Lydia was invited to a birthday party for my friend's four year old. I wanted to get her something unique and when I found these darling vintage pillowcases I had a brilliant idea. Pillowcase dresses! I could make one for my friend's daughter and one for Lydia. The one problem is, of course, I don't sew. At least I haven't since I was 15 and I made a scrunchy. My sister Emily agreed to help me out since she is a fantastic seamstress. 



What I thought that meant was that she would show me step by step what to do and handle any of the hard stuff. Instead she found me a tutorial and showed me how to turn on the machine. It took me most of a day, but somehow they came together. I even made my own bias tape! (I didn't even know what bias tape was before this.) I only broke the machine twice.



I kind of get why so many are into this. It's really relaxing. Time went by so quickly. And that is exactly why I can't start this as a new hobby. At least not for a few years. Maybe when the kids are in school.



I think they turned out pretty dang cute for my first attempt. The hair clips were a little more my style. Glue gun.


Ready to go to the party! I thought it would be kind of cute for Lydia to wear the matching dress. Too bad it was an outside party and it ended up being 42 degrees in June. 


6 comments:

kristi lee said...

told ya it was easy!!

Lover of Books said...

I made my own dress once (my mom did the lining and the hems) and I quilt. Now mind you my sewing machine is computerized so I could not live without it. :) I hope to make more clothes for the boys myself. We'll see. :)

Krista

Beth said...

So cute! I've been wanting to try this. Even the fabric lady at Hobby Lobby swears I can do it...after I told her I don't sew. She gave me a free tutorial sheet but the one you linked too is more explanatory. Might have to try it. Now to figure out how to use my sewing machine again...each time I have to get the instruction book out just to thread the needles:)

Love Being A Nonny said...

Adorable that she matched the gift! Love the dress! She looks so cute! 46 degrees??!! It will be 94 here today.............

Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

ADORABLE!! WELL DONE!! This looks great, nice work (and the first time sewing since 15?! WOW! Impressive!)

Lydia is PRECIOUS! OMG!! She's such a stunner and totally adorable! LOVE IT!

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Mrs. Simpson said...

Oh man, I am all over this one. I saw one done on another blog, can't remember which. Anyways, I wasn't crasy about it, but once I saw it on your little nugget I'm thinkin' twice and might just go to DI and see if I can find a goodie for my monkey. She's always wearing dresses and I kinda sorta can sew.

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