Finally, finally, finally, after several months of anticipation, this little girl turned FOUR. I’ve never known anyone to be quite so excited about reaching a birthday milestone. So it was only fitting that she should be showered with her heart’s desires on this special day…pink and tulle.
Even I am delighted with how beautifully the ‘ballerina’ dress turned out. You may remember my other posts about it here and here.
Now on the other side of things, I may be a dietitian, but I don’t particularly enjoy baking. So I am also pleased to report that Miss Four was equally as excited about her cake this year. Looking at her delight in this photo makes me smile. I think I met her ‘pink’ expectations. She made the sponge portion with me (pink, by the way) and I surprised her with the pink icing and candy decorations.
And if you are paying extra attention to this photo, you might notice Miss Two’s finger poised to attack. She was painting tiger stripes on her face earlier in the day, as you do.
I am officially all tulle-ed out.
But Simplicity 2464 worked a treat with the added tulle, and just look at all those sparkles. I didn’t want to overdo the tulle, but there is still over four metres of ruffles in that skirt. I can’t wait for my little princess to unwrap it. Now the next item on her list is a sparkly, diamond encrusted tiara…
My middle Miss turns four only three days after Christmas. She is my Christmas baby. I always try very hard to make her birthday special, since it could so easily get lost amongst the hype of the festive season. This year we are at home for Christmas which makes things simpler, but we are also on an exceptionally tight budget while we renovate our house to sell.
But that’s no problem, because this middle child of mine has a few very specific and doable wishes for Christmas and her birthday. Her list consists of and is limited to:
1. A massive layered tulle ballerina dress
2. A tiara
3. A fairy wand
I am aiming for Christmas to be a mostly handmade affair within our family this year. So bearing this in mind, I got started early and already have some lovely summer frocks and handbags (bento bags) wrapped and packed for Christmas Eve. So now I am free to get started on this extra special birthday dress. Although I hate to say, the thought of this project does not excite me at all.
Over the past few years, I have made several fancy frou-frou dresses for my girls. And there’s been others too!
All three of my girls love these dresses, but no one so much as my middle girl. She is a ballerina girl through and through. She nearly passes out in excitement at the mere glimpse of glittery tulle. I, on the other hand, am well and truly over those big ‘ballerina’ dresses. I mean, have you ever tried doing up a seatbelt around one of those things… in the pouring rain no less!
So despite my lacklustre feelings, I am making this dress entirely for her, all the way down to the OTT sparkly pink tulle on vintage floral. The pattern I will be using is actually very sweet and I am hoping to pick up a few more ideas on construction technique by doing it. I particularly love the cute little bodice section of the dress with the elastic in casing on the back.
The fabric I’ve chosen for her is not my cup of tea, but then this dress isn’t for me. It is for my sparkly fairy ballerina and I am hoping it will tick every one of her fantasy dress boxes. Unfortunately though, I am anticipating seeing this blasted dress on her every second day throughout the entirety of 2014…