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A birthday outfit for Mia

This was a quickie job for my friend's daughters birthday.  Or you could call her my daughter's friend.  She's both :)  She was turning 6 and loves the things I have made her before, so obviously she needed a lovely outfit:

Metallic Outfit for Mia

I used a shop bought t-shirt but then added an embellishment to match it to the skirt.  I made the skirt pattern up - it's a 4 inch band (with an elastic casing to add some stability) to make a dropped waist with a ruffled section of about 9 inches (which was cut about double the circumference of the band to make it nice and ruffly).  I overlocked the seams and did an overlock and turn up hem.

Metallic Skirt for Mia

I used some metallic knit I got from fabric.com.  My only concern was that it might be a bit scratchy, but it washed up OK and it will probably be worn with tights or leggings a lot as it's winter here and it's kind of a wintery outfit.

Metallic Yo Yo CloseUp

I made a yo-yo from a circle of the fabric and then added a sparkly button I had spare from making Issy's hoodie (pictures coming soon).  Then I hand sewed that to the t-shirt and folded them both up in tissue paper  to make it all special :)  Add a Hello Kitty notebook and some little girl perfume and you have a present that knocked her socks off!

And now of course - Issy wants a dress from the fabric...

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  1. Love it! What an awesome gift. That is one lucky six year old.

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