Sewing Birthday Dress

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Avery’s sixth birthday party is a little less than a month away. She is at the age where she gets into her party themes almost as much as I do. For the past two years she has selected a party theme for the next birthday the day after the last one. She refers to her parties by theme not age. Is this normal? To me it’s adorable, and makes planning the details all that much more fun. I certainly didn’t hesitate when she expressed the desire for a sewing birthday party!

Happy Homemade Square Neck Dress

Between my vintage sewing tchotchke collection and sewing supplies, the décor for the party should be easy. Trying to come up with activities to entertain 5 and 6 year olds only using plastic needles is proving to be a tad harder. At least I still have some time to figure that one out!

Happy Homemade Square Neck Dress

As for the dress, the pattern I used is the dress with square neckline from the Japanese pattern book Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids. Avery’s age has finally caught up to her dress size, but I’m sure that won’t last for long with this tall girl. The size 6 is a perfect fit.

Happy Homemade Square Neck Dress

Cutting the bodice on the bias is a fun twist with a gingham print. This fabric is Mary Jane for Moda, Glamping, Picnic Red. I love the oversized check! While hand sewing is certainly not my thing, I thought it would be a nice detail to highlight the stitches for a sewing party dress.

Happy Homemade Square Neck Dress

I’ve got a small collection of vintage children’s sewing machines from various flea markets and thrift stores, but this one is actually my mother’s tiny machine is superb condition. What a treasure!

Sewing Birthday Party

If you have any fun party ideas, feel free to send them my way!

11 comments:

  1. love the hand stitching in the contrast thread - adorable detail!

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  2. When I taught school, I always had a day when I taught the kids how to "sew". It involved threading a needle, knotting the thread, and doing an in/out stitch around a simple shape of their choosing. I had a few simple shapes cut out on cardstock, and they chose the one they wanted. Then they traced it onto a fabric square using a washable marker. After that I taught them to pin layers together...fabric/batting/fabric for this. (That is the hardest thing!!) Lastly sew all around the shape to make it "puffy"! You could also have lacing cards for the younger children.

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  3. I made pillows with a group of girls at Christmas. I had fabric squares cut and let them "drive" the machine while I guided it. They then used cardstock stencils to trace and cut out the parts of the snowman. Then they just stuck them on. I used the sticky backed felt. They LOVED stuffing the pillows!! I hot glued them shut due to time restraints. You could do flower patterns, bucket, shovel, fish, etc
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  4. You could always do fleece knotted pillowcases. Possibly sew a simple shape onto it. Or get some fabric markers/crayons and have them decorate a small canvas bag.

    One thing that can be sewn with a plastic/metal yarn needle is sweater scraps. If you make sure the sweater is not too felted and yet not so loose that lavender would fall out. My daughter made small lavender pillows in preschool when she was 4 :)

    Also, just a friendly fyi, metal yarn needles (with rounded tips) are much easier to use than plastic ones. Yes, they cost a bit more, but even as an adult I find using plastic needles a frustrating experience. My daughter has found that she can do so much more with a metal needle.

    One thing that she made when she was younger was felt pouch necklaces and I had prepunched holes around the edges. This is easier with wool blend felt, I used a leather punch for holes.

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