I finally finished the toddler twosomes Christmas dresses ..... i'm quite pleased with how they turned out for a basic sewer such as myself....the pattern is so easy and can be found here . I used my own measurements for the skirt so it was a better fit (and to be very honest i am not good at converting measurements - have no idea about inches!)
I just love rik-rak...it seems to be getting harder and harder to get hold of here for some reason!
The girls love owls so i thought this material was perfect when i saw it! Also not too overly christmassy so will be able to get some wear out of them over summer.
I also ran up another out of scrap material for summer fun!
Hopefully i will be able to get some pics posted of them wearing them soon.....i really like that the straps just tie together as they get a better fit and you can adjust as they grow bigger so quite a bit of wear from this pattern which is what i like! Don't look too closely...the sewing isn't the greatest but i think they will look cute in them anyway and they were made with love (and a little swearing late at night but i promise they didn't hear me!)
I very rarely dress the toddler twosome in the same outfits but i really wanted them to have the same material so for once they will be dressed the same....i actually can't remember the last time they did wear the same outfit....i think it is important for them to be recognised as individuals as they are already so very different which i think is special!
As i was sewing i did wonder though how long i will be able to just use the same 'wardrobe' of clothes for both girls.....because they are both the same sex i just buy/make their clothes and i just dress them in whatever....no one has a certain item of clothing if you know what i mean. However....i wonder how long i will be able to do this for and if they will begin to have their favourite items as all children do at some stage and then do i just keep that item aside for that child only or even will i need to have a different wardrobe for each? At what age do children begin to show their personalities and individual tastes with clothes do you think? Just the musings of a tired Mum and not important in the parenting scheme of things of course but something to ponder all the same!
Before i go i wanted to share an activity the toddler twosome and Miss Teen had fun with the other day...used to be a favourite when i worked in a toddler room. Puffy painting......
We used Christmas colours as we haven't really been old enough to get into all the structured Christmas crafts yet...well not without a lot of adult intervention and i don't really see the point of that...i like craft to be about what the children can have fun doing...even if it doesn't always work to my plan!!!
We began using stubby and shaving brushes and cardboard and then soon moved to our favourite...fingerpainting!
Then back to brushes.....
We haven't really done much with brushes as yet so it was quite a sensory activity as well for them...shaving brushes are always popular for little chubby hands!
Miss Teen got creative with a teaspoon to make swirly patterns
The finished product after being zapped in the microwave for 40 secs or so....they didn't puff as much as they normally do but i think this is because i left them outside while we cleaned up for lunch and the flour mix was getting a little old but you get the idea!
It's a good one to let them run their hands over afterwards too.
I really love to see my children messy after a hard mornings play and craft.....strange i know but i always feel a sense of pride that i have helped them achieve something when i let them get dirty outside or covered in paint....things can be washed.....fun and the memories of toddler play builds skills for life ! Do you like your children to get messy?
.......all in a toddler's day of 'work' (although not looking too princessy here, hehe)!
For those of you who might like to give it a go the recipe i use for puffy paint is as follows..........
1/2 CUP FLOUR
2 TEAS. BAKING POWDER
2 TEASP. SALT
FOOD COLOURING OR EDICOL DYES
MIX TOGETHER AND ADD ENOUGH WATER TO MAKE A SMOOTHISH PASTE, ADD COLOUR, PAINT ON THICK CARDBOARD.
WHEN THE MASTERPIECES ARE COMPLETED (OR THE PAINT IS EVERYWHERE!) ZAP IN YOUR MICROWAVE FOR 30-40 SECS UNTIL THE PAINT PUFFS UP ON THE BOARD.
Thanks for dropping by...i shall try to get another post in before Christmas but family is requiring a lot of my time at the moment as I'm sure parents everywhere will understand!I hope everyone is enjoying this final lead up to Christmas and not becoming too stressed!
Jode x Pin It