After making my adorable niece Romilly a peg apron for her fourth birthday, I decided at the last moment to make her sweet and dainty top. I can’t resist an opportunity to sew for little girls!
Details – I used this free Izzy Top pattern, it’s a dear little top and relatively simple to make. A beginner with a few projects under their belt could absolutely make an Izzy. One thing I love about this pattern is that the bodice is lined and forms a cap sleeve which means there is no tedious hemming of a tiny little sleeve. Bonus!
I used up fabric from my ever expanding fabric stash that I’d originally purchased from fabric.com. The lining is lovely and I sort of wish I’d had enough fabric to make the entire top with it. But, I decided to work with what I had.
I’m crossing my fingers that the top fits and that there are enough warm days left for Romilly to wear her Izzy!
Now, I’ve promised some tips for frugal living. Here are three, they are certainly not rocket science and are no doubt painfully obvious!
The first frugal tips
- Be organised and post parcels early. Thanks to my last moment decision to make this top, I had to post the present via express mail to make it to Tasmania in time for Romilly’s birthday. Ordinary mail would have been more prudent!
- Ask yourself, do I really need a card? I do love a gorgeous card, but realistically four year olds are unlikely to notice the absence of a card. No cards for kids this year! Some adults are likely to miss out too (like Mr Wallace who doesn’t care for cards).
- I often keep my present wrapping simple, using brown paper we have on a big roll and jazzing it up with ribbon. It’s not very fancy. However, having seen plenty of kids unwrapping birthday presents, I’m reasonably confident that they care waaaay more about the present than the paper.
What do you think, am I being entirely too stingy for not buying birthday cards?