Another day, another birthday party. Yesterday was a trip to Levin for Lola’s 2nd birthday, delivering her yellow spotty dress which has been blogged about already. Apparently whenever Lola sees something spotty she says ‘Lotte’. I think that’s pretty awesome. There was also a bit of op-shopping along the way, in Otaki and Levin. I’ve decided to make the most of op-shopping while Rata still attracts positive attention. Lola’s mum is a dedicated op-shopper, far better at it than I, but the other day she overheard one of the lovely old ladies in her local, fans of Lola when she was smaller, saying “If I was her mother, I’d keep her on a leash’. It would seem that once babies are past the docile, cute stage where they do sweet FA, children must be seen and not heard. Or not seen at all. The moment Rata starts walking, my op-shopping career is over. In the meantime, I scored a delicious haul of buttons, teacups, another teapot and some wool fabric scraps. Delight.
So on that note, let us celebrate Mia’s first birthday! Mia is Rata’s cousin of some sort, and I’m not entirely sure if this dress will fit in the right places, or if it will be something her parents will want her to be seen in, but hey, I can always make her a different, better suited ensemble. Rata is obsessed with the dress. But the M is for Mia…
The pocket fabric comes from a bedspread Louis found on TradeMe, which I intend to mostly make into cushion covers for Rata. But the end of it is rounded, so the squares at this end will be used for pockets and patches and general applique awesomeness. The bird is cool, as is the kite.
The dress was annoying to make, the wool pinafore was not a great sewing match for the cotton polka-dot. It also wouldn’t iron nicely. I found the pocket and then matched the dress to the mushroom spots, a combination that I’m quite stoked with. I like red and green together, even if I get sick to death of people telling me I look ‘festive’. Damn Christmas.
Also worth noting is the fact that this is the first item to be made on my newly borrowed (courtesy of Imogen) overlocker and sewing machine. Yippee! Machines that go!