Thursday, January 1, 2009

Forest Gnome Party: Dressing the Part 3

The gnome-y details of Charlotte's 2nd birthday party continue... she wore a sweet little red polka dot dress to match the gnomish mushrooms. But, nothing I owned felt woodsy enough. So, on the morning of her party (because obviously I had nothing else to do) I decided to make a skirt.

I had never sewn a skirt before... and I didn't have a pattern. But, I had some wood-grain-type fabric and red polka dots too. So I measured myself, laid the tape measure down and cut near the numbers. First I cut one side, then folded it over to match the shape. (Can you believe with this haphazard method, it actually fit?!) After two simple side seams, a 1/2 elastic casing for the waistband, red vintage bias tape trim at the hem and a deer applique zig-zagged on, Mama had a skirt.
(Don't believe that those are my deer drawing skills, I traced a deer from Charlotte's pajamas.) Please forgive the post-party, wrinkly-skirt, washed-out red, mirror photo.

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Charlotte transitioned from gnome hat to her first tiara. (Thanks, Grandma!) The tiara ended up winning the battle of the headpieces that day. She insisted on wearing it to the grocery store...

Red shoes were worn all around :)
My dear H wore his standard beard... because, according to this book's Kissing Song, "A kiss just isn't a kiss without a beard!"

8 comments:

Missa said...

Wow, you really know how to carry out a theme Diane! The skirt turned out great, I especially love the little deer and how the polka dots match your bracelet and Charlotte's dress, nicely done!

casch said...

You did a wonderful job of following through with the theme! I love the skirt and the gnome hat and the tiara! Great job. Charlotte is a lucky little girl!

lera said...

You went all out for that party, heh?

Cute skirt. You did a great job.

Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow said...

You are so talented! I love your outfit and that skirt is adorable! Will you make my baby some clothes!? ;) Your daugher is way too cute - she looks like she's having a pretty good time in those pictures!

meridiansmom said...

I noticed your matching polka dots and your super cute skirt - that's awesome that you made it that morning! You are a rock star!

Patty said...

I love your skirt and I love the picture of Charlotte in her tiara. How cute!

Rebecca said...

It looks fabulous! And what a fun theme for a birthday party. Happy BDay Charlotte!!

Vintage Mommy said...

Aren't you talented AND adorable in that woodsy skirt!

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