Savannah’s 4th birthday party was this past weekend and several months back she decided that she wanted an ‘orange’ themed party since her absolute favorite color is orange. When she first mentioned this theme, I was a little skeptical. I was thinking she would go for a princess or character themed party, but as we began planning the orange party, we all got really excited about the color-themed birthday celebration.
Every year, I think that I’m going to keep it small, but one thing leads to another and I end up with 50+ people planning on attending our kids parties. But I’m just going to go with it for now because in a few years we won’t be hosting all of the adults or really even choosing the guests, so for right now we are going to enjoy these early years.
Savannah wanted an orange birthday party dress, so I went through my fabric stash and found some orange fabrics that I thought really worked well together. I also had purchased this orange woven citrus trim awhile back. When it arrived about six months ago, I thought, ‘why in the world did I order this?’, but I guess it was just meant to be.
Here is the dress I created for Savannah’s Orange Party:
The orange party dress had so many pieces. It was definitely not a ‘quick sew’ type of dress, but I love the end result. Savannah could not stop twirling all day long at her party. It was the perfect dress for her 4th birthday. I used McCall’s Pattern 6497 as the base for my dress design, but modified, added and altered a few things. I bought it for 99 cents at Joann’s when they had their McCall’s pattern sale, so it was a great deal.
I like to construct dresses a certain way, so I used the pattern more for sizing and didn’t really follow their instructions. I also wanted to use the orange citrus trim, so I added that along the bottom of the dress. This dress also took a TON of fabric, I want to say it was around 4-5 yards when all was said and done.
The bodice is fully lined and buttons in the back with four orange buttons. I added piping into the cross-over bodice because I just love the way piping finishes a garment. I thought about doing green piping, but I wanted to stick to orange since that was the party theme.
I added a wider/longer sash than the pattern called for and it has a large bow that ties in the back. I also made a rolled-rose flower embellishment that I added to the sash and is accented with several corker ribbons that I made as well.