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« on: February 05, 2008 12:50:18 AM »

or 7, if you count the one I made for my youngest who wanted a dress just like her big sister.

Basically, with reference to the Quickie (Infinity) dress thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0) I let my daughter have a fashion themed 9th birthday party where each guest was given one of these dresses.

I guesstimated the girls sizes based on how they appeared to measure up compared to my own daughter and got things mostly right.  I made the dresses out of stretch panne velvet, so it is sort of like dancewear.  I wish I had more photos, but I was the only adult at this sleepover party and cooking, hairstyling, manicuring and leading them in games, jewellery-making and other crafts meant that I was flat out. Tongue  Here's one that shows the dress style and colour:

Here's a shot showing how the scraps got utilised during the hairstyling sessions:

Here's a shot of the six dresses bundled up together with booklets I made explaining different tying styles (so when they get home their mothers can help them try more styles):

Finally, I admire my little girl so much, who wanted a party where every one of her special friends got a great gift - and she agreed we would do this instead of getting her an extravagant gift (she chose a $10 school backpack as a gift from the family in addition to the new dress).

It was a great party theme and I bought a jar of beads in a complementing colour so they all made jewellery to go with their new dresses as well.

« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008 01:31:38 AM »

Wow, what a cool mom you are! I'm sure the girls will enjoy their new dresses (literally). Smiley the fabric's really cool too!

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008 01:50:15 AM »

WOW! what an amazing idea....
your kiddo is very generous, you should be a proud momma!!

Those dresses a gorgous! he party must have been a blast!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008 02:45:42 AM »

Great dresses!
And an even greater idea for a party!
How lucky is your daughter to have a mum like you

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008 04:06:32 AM »

wow...that's such an awesome idea!  i bet she was one happy little girl.  my 13 yr old niece comes on here for ideas (of things i can make her) ever since i made her a reconned t-shirt tube dress and now i just know she is going to ask for a party like this...any interest in coming over and helping me with it?   Wink

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008 04:53:15 AM »

That is such a cool party idea!  It must have been a blast.  It sounds like you are an awesome mom. 

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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2008 04:58:09 AM »

You did an awesome job!! Giving the gift of your time will last your little girl alot longer than anything you could have ever bought! You definitely get a "The Best Mom" gold star!!  With a bonus star for bravery in having hosted the party all on your own! Kudos!

« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2008 05:07:32 AM »

Great idea to provide glamour dresses, but I REALLY like the idea of their fooling around with the beads, instead of it ALL being focussed on making themselves externally beautiful....such a nice alternative and complementary activity... I mean, make-overs are fun and all, but creativity as a life skill needs to be nurtured, and you hit a HOME RUN!
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2008 05:31:00 AM »

Wow, thanks!  It was great to check in and see everyone's kind comments.

I REALLY like the idea of their fooling around with the beads, instead of it ALL being focussed on making themselves externally beautiful....
Thanks.  Yes, as 9 year olds it was all about having fun and the emphasis was on creative activities.  We also made little beaded drops which we attached to bobby pins and called "hair cascades".  It was a lot of fun and our 'makeovers' didn't include any makeup - just some coloured nail polishes and the option to try different hair braiding techniques.  Everyone felt special because of the time we spent together and the favourite activities also included funny storywriting and chocolate-making.

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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2008 06:38:40 AM »

awesome idea, I will have to remember this

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