Sunday, 29 November 2015

Isabelle’s Beauty & the Beast Party

November has been a busy month for us! We’ve had Isabelle turn 5, start school and have her birthday party, we’ve had family visit and I’ve just helped organise a baby shower for my sister in law in the weekend just been. (Not to mention a few custom orders I’m waaaay behind on! But shhhh let’s not think about that right now!)

When the kids went away with my Mum and Step Dad last school holidays, Isabelle became fascinated with our old ‘Beauty & the Beast’ book from our childhood. Upon learning this, I, on the spur of the moment decided to make her a ‘Belle’ dress – you can read more about that here, if you wish! … And the idea of the theme for the party grew from there.


My super clever Mum came down from Tauranga for the party and made this cool costume for her dog, Moko. If you are familiar with the Disney Beauty & the Beast you will know that Moko is dressed as ‘the footstool.’ (And if not, you can get ‘educated’ here.)

I think all of Isabelle’s royal guests enjoyed themselves and the party games; and we all enjoyed the yummy party food and the beautiful ‘Belle’ cake made by my very talented friend, Katie.

My in-laws also travelled up from Otaki for the party and very helpfully brought up their silverware including a candelabra which helped give authenticity to the theme.


Happy 5th Birthday to my beautiful Isa(Belle)!

Thanks to everyone who helped make it a special day!

Jen x

Isy first day of school!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Isabelle’s ‘Belle’ dress (Beauty & the Beast)

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If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen a photo I posted of this little dress right before the beginning of Kid's Clothes Week. It was around a month ago that I made it. At the time I had 3 custom orders on the go and was going into KCW, but then I had a sudden urge to make this little dress! (Craziness!)

When the kids went away with my Mum in the school holidays Isabelle became fascinated with my childhood ‘Beauty & the Beast’ book. Because of her newfound fascination we decided to go with a ‘Beauty & the Beast’ / Royal/ Princess theme for her upcoming 5th birthday (which is THIS Thursday! Eeek!) I wasn’t planning on making her dress straight away, but then Spotlight discounted it’s satin and tulle, so I took it as a sign. I bought a metre of satin (used on the bodice outer and underskirt), rayon (overskirt and bodice lining) and also a small bit of tulle (I was going to use this for a little detail around her shoulders, but decided to keep it simple.) All up it cost $13 I think.

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The pattern I used was The Little Kiwis Closet Scalloped Princess Dress with a couple of modifications. My petite almost 5 year old usually still wears a size 4 normally but I want this to last for a bit so I made a size 5 but with a size 4 skirt length. My first modification was accidental – I hadn’t bought enough fabric to do a complete circle skirt, so I cut 2 half circles with added seam allowances and joined them together. The second modification was the overskirt. For inspiration I was wanting to achieve something like this, and I found this tutorial on how to do the ruching (you essentially stretch sew pieces of elastic to get this effect.) I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly, but just enough to get the look as per my inspiration image.

Isabelle is also wearing an pettiskirt underneath which gives dress a bit more lift!

I can’t wait until Isabelle wears it at her Beauty & Beast party this coming Saturday.

Jen x