Niece’s 1st Birthday Dress…

Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love being an auntie!  Joey and I do not plan on having children of our own and my siblings aren’t married, nor do they have children.  On Joey’s side, his sister, had a baby, Allison.  And she is the cutest little thing I have ever met.  Thankfully she lives in the house next to ours so we are blessed to see her quite often.  I asked my sister-in-law if it would be okay if I made her birthday dress and I can’t even get enough of it!

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Dr. Seuss Dress…

Last week or so I made this adorable little fish for my niece for Christmas. I have decided that we should have a theme for her for Christmas and went to work finding a pattern to see a amatchihg dress for her fish.  I settled on a Dr. Seuss theme.

I found the picnic dress pattern from the Cottage Mama here: http://thecottagemama.com/2012/07/summer-picnic-dress-free-pdf-pattern/

I found my  fabric and ric rack at http://www.fabric.com.

The dress sizes were either 12 month or 2T, so when cutting out the pattern I drew a line in between the 12 month and 2T lines for something that will be a suitable size for her in the spring/summer.  

The pattern was easy to cut out from the 1-yard of fabric I purchased.  It took me roughly 45 minutes to prep and cut all the fabric.  I didn’t quite have enough fabric for the bottom ruffle as outlined in the directions for the gathering technique described, so rather I used what I had and made pleat like portions for the ruffle.

I also put my pieces together differently than as directed.  I completed the bodice and yolk parts as instructed; however I attached the ruffle first before sewing the front to the back of the dress.  I had no problems attaching this way.  I als,o had extra ric rack from the top so I added ric rack to just above the ruffle.  Now that I think of it, adding a pocket to this dress would be so adorable!  


My aunt was an elementary school librarian before she passed while I was in my senior year student teaching of my undergrad degree.  She was my inspiration for becoming a teacher and highly influential.  Growing up she insisted on giving books for Christmas and really is my reason for loving to read as much as I do now.  I am determined to be that “educational” auntie for my niece Allie!  So with her dress and fish she will also be getting her very first set of Dr. Seuss books.  I can imagine now hanging out this summer reading to her in the grass under the sun with her picnic dress on!


Overall the pattern and directions were really easy to follow.  The dress itself took me around 2.5 hours from start to finish because I’m slow and wanted to take my time.  I’m also pretty proud of the nice straight lines I top stitched, certainly getting better and better!!  I love the tie straps so that are flexible for the summer as she grows!  My mom pointed out that she could wear with some cute leggings and a sweater during the cooler parts of spring/summer.  I hope my sister in law finds this as cute as I do!

It’s Fishy…

I don’t know about you, but I think about Christmas all year long and shop too!  I’ve been struggling what to give my one and only niece, Allie.  At Christmas she will be just over 11 months and yes toys are a slam dunk I wanted it to be more personal.

I naturally took to Pinterest for inspiration and found this adorable pattern here: http://lauri-nananews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/august-16-little-fishy-pattern-and.html

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Baby Shower

During the 4th of July last year my sister in law announced her baby news!  My mother quickly volunteered for me to throw the baby shower.  Now I had given Samantha a bridal shower and felt confident to complete a baby shower for her; however it quickly got out of control.

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Wedding

Wedding DaySeptember 1st, 2012
Our Wedding Day!

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