I have been absent from the blog for the last few weeks. Sorry about that, but I have a very good reason, and here she is:
Mathilda is now 6!
I made this outfit for her to wear to her birthday party.
The party was a combined birthday party with Jonathan, because he turns 5 only a week afterwards.
But today, I’m going to focus on Mathilda’s outfit.
1/2 yard themed fabricapprox 5 yards of lacesmall amounts of pink mesh, black lace fabric, black fleece, tear-away stabilizer
embroidery threads, matching sewing threads
old tutu skirt for refashioning
Singer Futura CE350
Brother My Star 3
Not too long, but done in small jobs, probably about 2 hours all up
This outfit is inpsired by Monster High character Draculaura. Mathilda and Jonathan both like watching that show at the moment (I think mainly because its a bit silly). Mathilda asked for a birthday outfit based on that theme. I searched every toy shop near by, and eventually found this doll with the original outfit:
So there is my inspiration, pink blouse with black lace sleeves, white twirly skirt. Lots of gothic details, and heart motifs everywhere.
The doll made special appearances as I used her for Mathilda’s cake this year. I actually made two different versions of the cake, this first one I made for our little celebration at home, on the actual day of Mathilda’s birthday:
This was my first ever attempt at doing this kind of cake. The doll’s legs were too long for me to be able to insert her through the middle of the cake where the cake itself becomes her skirt, which was my original intention. So, instead I did her sitting on the skirt with a dress made from fondant icing and assorted sugar decorations.
There was also a collection of cupcakes for here to take to school, rainbow cakes with pink icing and chocolate hearts, of course.
Veronica helped me to bake them, we put rainbow bits in a vanilla cake mix to make the cakes look a bit more special. Love that crazy hair!
This second cake I made for the party, which was on the following weekend. I used most of the same design ideas, but just tweaked it a little bit.
Mathilda loved it, and that’s the main thing. Not bad for a cake making newbie like me.
The skirt is the main part of the outfit that I made. I wanted it to be something that she can continue to wear, not just something for that day. Draculaura wears a white skirt, but I didn’t want to dress my little girl in a white skirt, I’m pretty sure that it wouldn’t look white for very long. So I searched for a suitable patterned fabric to use instead, whilst still keeping to the Monster High theme. The fabric that I used is “Monster High Perfectly Imperfect” in pink/black/white, a licenced fabric produced by David Textiles. I only purchased half a yard of this, becuase I was pretty sure that’s all I needed. And I was right.
I based my design on the “on-the-border skirt” pattern from Mary Abreu’s book “Little Girls Big Style”. I abolutely love this book and would recommend it for anyone who is sewing for little girls, it goes from size 2 to size 6 and has peasant blouses, pinafores, skirts and pants. She’s about to release a new book with patterns for older girls too, I’m really looking forward to that as Mathilda is about to outgrow the patterns in this book. I use it all the time, the patterns are great basics and easily modified to create so many variations. Like this skirt.
I used my theme fabric, and cut the yoke according to the pattern. I made the main skirt a little shorter than recommended, and a lot wider, using the whole width of the fabric for each panel (one at the front and one at the back).
I trimmed this with some lace that I already had, this lace, which is actually a vintage swiss, looks like cobwebs, so I thought it was perfect for this outfit. I used it again and again.
I had an old tutu skirt, that had a funny waistband and didn’t get worn very much. So, I cut that up to make an underskirt that pokes out from underneath and can be seen.
There was a lot of fabric to gather for this skirt. I used my gathering foot to do this.
I got this originally to fit my singer machine, but it fits my brother machine too, I think it will fit any low shank machine. And it makes gathering so easy.
Giving me nice, even gathers to attach the skirt to the yoke.
The Jacket and Top
I purchased a licenced top for Mathilda to wear with her skirt. It has the right colours and patterns, and has Draculaura peeking out. For those who live locally to me, I got this from a friend who sells licenced clothing online and at markets, you can see the range on facebook here: Comfy Kids Clothing.
I made this jacket to mimic the outfit that Draculaura wears. I’m not sure what pattern I used, but I butchered it quite a bit anyway, to get the shape that I wanted. I used a bright pink mesh fabric for the bodice and trimmed it all the way around with the cobweb lace. I used some scraps of black lace fabric for the sleeves. This was easy as there was no need to hem the sleeves, the lace had scallops designed to be cut away after stitching.
The Bat Brooch
Draculaura has a lace ruffle thing with a bat brooch at her neck. To make the bat, I found the most perfect machine embroidery design at emblibrary.com. To make it into a brooch, the first thing I did was put just the tear away stabilizer into my embroidery hoop, and stitch the first part – the outline.
Next, I placed some scrap black fleece on top so that it completely covered the previously done outline.
Then, after completing the outline a second time, and with the stabilizer still in the hoop, I very carefully cut all the way around the the edges and removed all the extra black fabric.
Sorry for the poor quality pictures, I did this at night, so the lighting was far less than optimal.
Then I stitched the reset of the design as normal. The final satin stitches around the edges completely covered the raw edges of the black fabric. I stitched this design in a combination of dark pink, black and dark grey.
When it was done, it looked like this:
Easy to tear away the stabiliser:
Leaving just the bat, with a few threads to be snipped.
I had a small scrap of the licenced fabric leftover, to finish the neckline, I did a tiny hem all the way around, trimmed the lower edge with the cobweb lace, and gathered the top edge. I then stitched it to the back of the bat by hand, and also hand stitched a reasonably large safety pin to it. I don’t seem to have a picture showing it, but I used the pin to hold the jacket together at the centre front.
So there is the whole outfit.
On the day of the party, she wore a plain white t-shirt underneath, because it was a little bit too cold!
Here are some photos of Mathilda twirling around in her new outfit:
I put a pink hair extension in her ponytail for the day. Draculaura has two ponytails, but that doesn’t really work for Mathilda, so a single one it was.
My first baby, who is now 6.
Thanks for reading.