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hi, i'm maggie.

{like the rod stewart song}

i'm a quirky millennial living in the bay area who loves dark beer, hiking, exposed brick, and creative endeavors, in particular sewing for my four nieces: nora, etta, maya, and neela.

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happy second birthday maya!

happy second birthday maya!

the tradition of making each girl a special dress or outfit for their birthday continued in 2014 (read about maya's first birthday dress here and etta's third birthday dress here) and first up was maya's second birthday.

a few months earlier i had made a polka dot class picnic tunic by oliver + s that was incredibly popular with maya and her mom. so when it was decided that the party theme would be farm animals i decided to do a twist on that much loved style by adding a pig embellishment.

i got the materials (two buttons, embroidery thread, a yard of polka dot quilting fabric, and a fat quarter of pink cotton) at jo-ann for something like $12. 

for the pig i found circular objects around the house that were the right size for the body, head, and nose. (okay i used a growler, pint glass, and shot glass respectively). i traced them on to parchment paper then added the ears and legs freehand.

(sorry for the blurry photo, i didn't know then i would be blogging this). 

i stitched the pieces on with a zig-zag stitch and dark pink thread. for the eyes i used small black buttons. on the back i used the two larger pieces just put on in the reverse order (head then body). for the curly tail i hand stitched on a spiral with some some embroidery thread. 

as expected the birthday girl loved her new top.

and my sister loved getting the same picture for a third year in a row.

love,

aunt maggie


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