{ Matilda’s Birthday Dress – Tea For 2 Party }

In about three weeks, Miss Matilda Jane will be turning 2!  I can’t believe it – how did my little baby grow-up that fast?  My mom has always said that every year goes by quicker and quicker and every year I believe her more and more.

Matilda loves to play tea party, so there was no doubt that “Tea for 2” would be the perfect theme for her party.  I still have lots of details to plan such as the food, beverages and decor, but there is one area where I am ahead of the game – The Dress! 

Last year I based “Matilda’s Summer Garden” 1st birthday party completely around the fabric used in her birthday outfit, so this year will probably be no exception (click HERE to view her 1st birthday party).  I find it so much easier to have a color palette to work with and gorgeous fabric makes it even easier.

I am in love with Anna Griffin’s “Carmen” line.  I have about 7 bolts of this fabric sitting on my shelves right now.  The fabric is feminine and girly, yet not too juvenile.  I also love all the different scales of prints in the line.  There are large scale, medium, small and super-small – which is perfect for mixing and matching a multi-fabric printed dress.

I have had this teapot applique in my head for quite some time, so I’m glad to finally get it out and sewn onto something.  The applique is hand-cut and a mix of all the different fabrics used in the dress.  To add extra detail (which you know I love), I added some ric-rac where I hand-embroidered some stitching.  I also added a little button on top of the pot. 

I have a few onesies and ruffle bottom pants listed in the shop right now using this teapot applique (size 3-6 month and 12-month).  I went a little nuts appliqueing one night because I just thought the design was SO cute!

I added some girly-ness to the apron with the little ruffle around the edge.  I thought about using bias-tape (which would be cute too), but I think the ruffle adds that special something.

The apron also has coordinating fabric trimming the bottom with the curvy edge of the ric-rac sticking out.  I just love ric-rac.  I know some people aren’t wild about it, but I think it just adds that little bit of vintage charm.

So I thought I would wait and show pictures of Matilda actually wearing the dress at her party.  I don’t want to spoil too much for our party guests!
Do you like this dress design?  This just may be the third pattern in my line-up to be released over the next several months with several other variations.  I’m not saying for sure (because I like to be a little mysterious), but it just. might. be.

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  1. Very adorable! The teapot makes the dress complete!

  2. That is the most adorable dress!!! I love all of the details and the mix of fabrics….so girly and wonderful! Happy Birthday to Matilda!!!!

  3. Linsay, this is so sweet and adorable! Can’t wait to see all the party details…I know they will be great! I was sooo looking forward to sewing a sweet vintage inspired dress with some fun hand embroidery for Reese’s 3 bday in a couple weeks….However, she figured out it is her bday and that she gets a say 🙂 After I had a theme set and planned she discovered this. Now we are having a Cinderella barbie cake with bunting and pinwheels made from vintage sheets. The outfit…..a pink tutu with a flower appliqued tank. Not what I was hoping to make…but still fun.

  4. Very sweet dress! Happy birthday to your little sweetie pie!!

  5. So beautiful! What a perfect dress for a tea party.

  6. It’s a great dress and I’m sure it’s going to be a terrific birthday party!

  7. That’s a lovely dress! Hope you have a fab birthday party!

  8. This is an adorable dress!

  9. Two already?! I’m still smiling about hte darling 1 year dress and party!