My niece turned two early this month, and I had a ball making her gift 🙂 I’ve had the idea for a Minnie Mouse themed bubble dress (pattern by Straight Grain) since the two I made for her last year, though at the time I couldn’t justify three birthday dresses. So this year the idea was ready to go for birthday number two! I made a matching dress for the Sweet Annie doll I’d given her for Christmas, and I’d come across an adorable tutorial by Jen at Eighteen25 via Pinterest to make hair clips that look like Minnie Mouse ears. The little clutch on the left was an impulse-sew… I came across the tutorial for a “dumpling pouch” at Michelle Patterns through some of the new people I’ve been following through Instagram for the quilt swap I’m doing, and since I already had the fabric from this project and assorted other bits, you can see the result. I did add a wrist strap to make it easier for little hands to tote around, and lined it with the same polka-dots that the skirt of her dress is made from.
We were able to get together at my mom’s house this past weekend for lunch, so now I can share what I made for her birthday, along with some adorable photos of my niece (posted with her mom’s permission, of course).
Being two, it took a little coercing to get her into the dress this year, but she seemed to love it once she had it on! Since last year’s dresses still fit at the 18 month size, this year’s dress was a 2T, and has enough room under it to fit leggings and a shirt with either short or long sleeves so she can keep wearing it as the weather gets cooler.
It’s hard to see in the photo, but her sunglasses are Minnie Mouse, too (not from me). They’ve got a pink bow, and I suppose I could have gone with the pink-with-polka dots for her dress, but the red polka dot fabric was just too cute… and a pink skirt would have clashed something awful with Annie’s hair 😉 I do really enjoy making gifts for family, and little girl stuff is just so fun to make!
Disney, don’t sue me – I’m not making any money off of this!