Well I can’t believe it but I have a 5 year old. My baby is 5!! If you don’t know the story, I’ll just briefly tell you that my daughter is our miracle. She took us 7.5 years to get and has been giving us a run for our money ever since. She’s my girly girl (just like mama) and for her very first friend birthday party I wanted to do some special things. That included making her a new dress and doing some special finger nails.
Given that I was still recovering from surgery (I’m almost back to normal), I was trying to be smart about sewing a new dress. So I started with a finished shirt that I could use at the basis for the top. But my girl knows what she wants (and what she doesn’t) and she DID NOT want an opening in the front with the little button. It was weird, I know…but I couldn’t convince her otherwise. And I’ve learned by this point that a small concession here was worth the whole project. She wouldn’t have worn it otherwise. So I did some less than couture work to close up the front and add a new opening in the back of the neckline instead.
She was pleased as punch with the solution and wanted to helped me make the rest of the dress…so I put on my best mommy face and sewed this with her. It’s not always the most enjoyable thing for ME to sew with her because she’s very independent but needs my helps (a rough combo), but it sooo fun for her. She keeps telling everyone how good she is at sewing…and that makes this mama’s heart so happy…it is all worth it.
We are working a lot on pinning and sewing a straight line. The basics. So she help me pin our little circle skirt pattern (for lots of twirling!) onto a fancy fabric and a lining. Mama took over to cut the pattern out because I’m not ready to hand over the shears. Then we pinned the two skirt pieces together at the center and serged them together to make them easier to work with. And pinned the skirt to the top, gathering the sides a bit to fit the circle size as necessary.
Then it was off to the sewing machine for the two of us. I control the pedal, but I try to let her do the sewing and pull out the pins. There is some give and take here…plus we really were sewing a large circle, so it’s not quite as straight forward as a straight seam. But she was sooo proud to be making her birthday dress.
She happily skipped off after that point while mama finished up the double circle skirt hem on less than cooperative fabrics (ugh) and added a sash that is slightly gathered at the front and attached. For our one afternoon, I’m pretty darn happy with how this dress came out. These were fabrics I’ve had for a long time and I was ready to feel accomplished.
But I have to say, for Caitlyn, the dress was just a part of the ensemble. She is already delving into other forms of beauty…and that meant some special nail polish and art. I painted her nails a color to match her dress and then applied these stickers (aha! did you think I painted those?! heck no! not yet) VERY carefully on each nail. I found them at Sally Beauty Supply and like them because they are flat and so she is not tempted to pick at them like a raised sticker. We found that putting a clear top coat over these was particularly helpful to keeping them on for more than a day.
Come on…how cute is that?!
And if you have seem some of my collages on IG before, you know that my little gal LOVES to pose. She’s pretty darn good at it. I sort of want to show you all every out take. But that might a mother’s love gone too far. lol But rest assured that every facial expression is deliberate on her part as is her posture. She cracks me up.
Oh and as I’m sure there are more of you out there interested in nail art and such, Julep nails has shared an exclusive nail tutorial for Decking the Holidays. I’ve never tried their nail polish personally but I’m getting more excited to try fun nail ideas now that I have a little gal to practice on who ADORES fun nails. Enjoy!