not to be left out

Miss Alice was in need of a Kristin made item, as well, so the day before we left on vacation, I whipped up a little birthday dress and flower for her. It's hard to believe that this little girl truned one while we were visitng. It seems she was born just the other day.

I used Simplicity 5695 for the first time and now need to find it in big girl sizes. Such an easy and adorable pattern!


Emmaline and I spent two weeks with our besties last month and had a blast! Even if we missed Daddy like crazy.

For our special vacation, I made Emmaline and her BFF matching nightgowns from an old sheet my mom gave me. Emmaline was upset that the nightgown wasn't "pink enough", but her friend was in love at first sight. At least the night attire was a hit with one of them!

I used McCalls pattern no 4547, with a few alterations. I added a bias tape casing for the neckline elastic, instead of a self casing for cording. I've used this pattern once in the past to make a nightgown for Emmaline, but to make it sleep safe, I swapped the cording for elastic. This time the seld casing gave me issues. Each time I tried  to fold down the neckline, the casing would bunch and pull. Not cool. Luckily, my mom gave me a few bias tape makers and it was a breeze to make my own bias tape. So I hemmed the neck and stitched the bias tape casing close to the hem. I love that the neckline has a little ruffle now. I also cut out a size 5/6, so the girls can wear them for a long time. That is, if Emmaline would consent to wearing hers!