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.............

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

Kytsmom 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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