Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Poodle Skirts for Toddlers

This Friday, we're hosting a Fifties Sock Hop for some of our little friends from our local Mom's Club. We are expecting a great turnout and hoping for cooperative weather!

To get in the spirit, the kids are going in their niftiest fifties attire. Aidan's wearing a cool pair of jeans, a white pocket tee, slicked-back hair and a new pair of sneakers. Still debating the message sent if I roll up candy cigarettes in his sleeve. Really, though, what does a three year old know about smoking? Last time my mother-in-law was visiting, Aidan told me she was, "blowing out birthday candles in her car". We'll see...I'm sure humor will prevail over common decency.

Adelaide is going in a poodle skirt. I had planned to sew one and had been checking out patterns. My sewing machine died last week, though, so I had to come up with a new plan. My husband suggested "hand sew". I opted for "no sew". So I looked around online and found this simple instructional. I had to change the measurements a little because Addie is so small. I wasn't sure how the project would turn out or when I would even work on it. The kids both fell asleep today on the way home from the zoo, so I decided to give it a go. Super simple! Half hour, start to finish! I think it turned out really well. She's still asleep so I have no idea if it will fit; but, it turned out so cute I don't even care!

First, I cut a large circle out of pink felt. I cut a smaller circle inside slightly larger than her waist. I used a marker on a string to make the circles perfect.

Next, I cut a slit in the back and added some velcro pieces.

Last, I glued on my poodle and a little fray-checked leash. That's it!

I also made her little barrettes with records for her pigtails and cut out a little "scarf" from some extra felt to go with her onesie. I am hoping to stuff her big wide feet into a pair of hand-me-down saddle shoes.

I'm really happy with how it turned out. If it fits well, we might use it for Halloween, too.

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