So the young lady of the house turned five on 12th May. She is now especially big and important and grown-up. Someone at another birthday party asked their son to move "out of the little girl's way" the other day, and she turned to him and solemnly informed him that "actually, I am five years old". Apparently a little girl no more :)
I, on the other hand, consider five to be the perfect little girl age. They are worldly enough to know what is special effort (hand making stuff for them for example - hurrah!) and innocent enough not to think it's daggy or to have to not be excited by anything. For her party I organised a fairy to come to our house. Happily we have a biggish house and ten kids (including her and her brother) was considered sufficient (more than fourteen apparently incurs the need for an additional fairy...!). I dug out the twirly fairy type dress I was going to make her ages ago and got to work:
I am so ridiculously pleased with this dress. She had a store bought thing my sister sent her which was similar (t-shirt top, tiered skirt not circle) which she loved. When she grew out of it I set about making a similar one with the three layer circle skirt for supreme twirling action (2 layers chiffon and one layer satin). I let myself get all worked up and sidetracked by someone asking me how I was going to attach the skirt (with non-stretchy cotton) to the (stretchy) t-shirt. I left this awesomeness in the bag for literally months :(
Then I sucked it up and decided to finish it for the party:
- I sewed the three circle skirt layers together with a gathering stitch.
- I marked where they should attached to the dress.
- I marked two sides and pinned to the hems of the t-shirt
- I marked the middle front and back on both pieces and pinned there
- I kind of gathered the remainder until the skirt was pinned to the t-shirt while the t-shirt was stretched enough to get it on and off.
- I sewed them on (right sides together) with a medium-long zig zag stitch.
- I flipped it over to see if it was awful and...it was brilliant!
She deemed the butterfly to be good (phew!). I had the super agonising moment where I asked her if she wanted to wear this or one of her other (bought) fairy dresses for her party...she chose this! I was stoked :)
The rest of the party was great. I made some simple party bags out of stash fabrics:
|They look so pretty all together :)|
The fairy painted faces:
|Birthday girl first...|
|Her brother did actually like the spider - contrary to appearances!|
|She was very happy with all the butterfly fairy-ness|
|Daddy made a toadstool cake (note the dolly varden tin making itself useful...)|
|And there was some serious fairy story-telling.|
And at the end of it all - she was tired and happy and still twirling! And so beautiful.