Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Party

Our niece Karlie's Second Birthday celebration was last Saturday and we all had a blast, especially her.
Here she is working hard at rearranging the balloons.

working hard

She was so excited when she saw the cake and she was singing Happy Birthday quietly to herself.
She loves to sing, it's so cute.
singing happy birthday to herself

She helped fill the HUGE tweety bird pinata.
She wants to help with everything and do everything by herself, such a big girl!
helping to fill the pinata

This is my favorite picture of the day, taken while we sang Happy Birthday to her.
She was so happy.
Singing happy birthday

Here is what I made her. 
Our gifts to Karlie

The doll pattern is Little Miss Storybook from Wee Wonderfuls, and the dress is Simplicity 2320.
 I sort of guessed on what size to sew her in the dress, and I think I did okay. She hasn't tried it on yet, but mom measured her this past weekend and I had made it one size above what she is now, so she will have room to grow. I loved coordinating her doll with her dress, and I'm in love with the little brown Moda print. I hate that Moda only does their fabric design runs for one season and when they are gone, they are gone. They have so much cute stuff that I miss out on. I had a little trouble with the yoke on the dress. Since I added the piping it rounded the corners, making it harder to attach to the dress front, but I persevered and it turned out fine. The doll is from the Wee Wonderfuls book that I made her Kitty from.  I made a few changes to her.  I made taller boots, left out the cape, turned her apron into a removable skirt, made the dress fabric into the body leaving off the second layer of body fabric and seaming it at the neck.  I love the way she turned out, not even sure what my favorite part is, I just had fun with the whole project!  Of course Karlie loved those shoes the most, and didn't pay attention to the doll or dress.  I'm sure they will grow on her though.