Friday, July 1, 2011

A Birthday Gift For Zoey 2011

Ruby has a special lil' girlfriend in her life with whom make-believe, silliness, dancing and all round girly fun is enjoyed.  It's the type of friendship I hope she's able to have forever.   Zoey is sweet and special so when her birthday rolls around I can't help but feel inspired to make something to match her wonderful personality.  This year the invite Ruby received said the party was "fairy garden princess" themed.  I made a butterfly birthday card using Bazzil cardstock, Creative Imaginations "Bloom"  patterned papers and May Arts ribbon.  Hero Arts gems and stamp sentiment.  A Fiskars squeeze punch was used for the butterflies.
Butterfly Special Card
Now for the gift.  What says happy, free spirited and girly?  Why a Can-Can skirt of course!  I hadn't made one in the past year but still had lots of nylon chiffon leftovers so I simply needed to decide on a color.  Ruby suggested pink but I quickly realized I didn't have enough nylon chiffon for all the ruffles.  And then it hit me... I did have enough for a "rainbow" of ruffles!  To keep the colors bright I used white cotton for the skirt.  Dana's pattern is very user friendly and the skirt is cute even without the ruffles but I needed the "pizazz".  The real work came in the form of constantly changing thread color to match each ruffle layer.  I didn't want the thread to distract from the ruffles.
Zoey's Rainbow Can Can Skirt
Nine ruffle layers, whew.  So, so pretty, worth all the work.
Zoey's Rainbow Can Can Skirt
Next came a refashion.  Ruby wanted a new skirt for Zoey's party.  Did you know one lady's full skirt equals 2 girls long skirts?  Tis' true.  First, I took off one layer around the top including the waistband.  I then cut down the two side seems leaving me two separate pieces.  I sewed each piece back together thus creating the 2 separate skirts. Now for waistbands.  Elastic, some matching jersey fabric, and a bit of sewing round the tops and ta-da!  Easy twirling skirts.
1 Lady's = 2 Girls' Skirts
I did add a bit of decorative trim to the second skirt for some flare. 
1 Lady's = 2 Girls' Skirts Detail
We gave Zoey the second skirt so that as Ruby says, "we can be twins"!
Ruby tells me the party was soooo much fun and that Zoey loved, loved, loved her rainbow skirt.  Oh, and that I should now make her a rainbow Can-Can skirt as well.  A gift well done I'd say!

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