Sunday, December 21, 2008

Elisabethe's birthday

Elisabethe had her 5th birthday on Sunday, the 21st and that finishes out our birthdays for the year! I decided -remembered?- that she needed a birthday dress on friday and so we went through our meager fabric stash and found this piece. I wanted to do something different so I decided to try my hand at making bretelles.Bretelles are the over-the-shoulder-thingys that you see edged in rick rack. Rick rack isn't exactly period correct, at least not our modern Jo-Ann Fabrics version, but it was what I had. The bretelles have royal blue rick rack while the waistband is edged in black; that wasn't intentional, I thought that I needed another pack of blue when really I needed black. I never noticed until the bretelles were on, so they'll be coming off and be redone. Bretelles are an 1840's thing which is an era we don't reenact, so this is technically just an everyday dress, not one for reenactments or living histories. Therefore, the messed up bretelles shouldn't bug me, but they do! They dress has 3 growth tucks as well, which are hard to see unfortunately.
Elisabethe had told me in August that she wanted a birthday picnic like Rebekah had and I kind of just blew it off in my mind -you don't have picnics in December- but as her birthday drew closer I began to reconsider. So, we had a picnic by the fire complete with subs, potato salad and 2 kinds of jello.

And then, we roasted marshmallows in the woodstove!

And made smores!

The whole thing turned out very well, it was an interesting notion to picnic whilst the snow blew!


  1. Oh, Elisabethe's dress is so cute! I love how the bretelles turned out! Merry Christmas to you all!


  2. I love her dress, Paris!! She is so cute! We roast marsh mellows in our wood stove too! We used to cook on our wood stove, but we moved and had to get a different one which doesn't work very well.

  3. How adorable! I love the dress, but it's the marshmallows that have me laughing. I've roasted them over candles before -- I think your wood stove is much better! Have a very merry Christmas!

  4. How fun! She is absolutely adoreable. You children are so cute. God Bless and have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

  5. I love the dress.......She is just as cute as she can be.......Great job!!

  6. Oh, how wonderful! The dress, the picnic; the children. Thank you for sharing your wonderful day. :)

  7. Adorable, precious, lovely!!!! I have a little one I have sewn some historic clothing for, because it needs to come back in style!

    At any rate, she is in one of a kind clothing and she draws stares and photographers where ever we go when she's got on her dress, petticoat and bloomers. Especially at the beach.

    Aren't little girls the best?