Thursday, September 30, 2010
the apple pocket is VERY much appreciated by the bean....
and I love the flare of the skirt.... tres Shirley Temple, n'est pas?
the apple fabric is a remnant from Joann, and the apple pocket is from some polished cotton remnant...
I shirred the cuffs of the sleeves, put an invisible zipper in the back....
we'll see how this zipper survives the laundry here.... It's one of a pack I bought at Marukai, which is an awesome Japanese store (sorta like a small Target, in that they have groceries, housegoods, stationary... like CVS without the pharmacy?) near me... they have the coolest zippers, and the cheapest... instead of $1.50-ish each, they have PACKS of 3-5 invisible zippers (depending on the length) for $1.29.... but instead of having fabric sides, they have what feels like fine polyester webbing.... I'm intrigued....
Now I just need to go through the button jar with her to find something awesome for the top closure....
while I type this, she's systematically coating the front of this dress in vanilla yoghurt, so I've got to go do some laundry....
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I used hem lace for the first time; I didn't have brown, so I used bright red for a little secret pop of color....
the back has an invisible zipper and an AWESOME vintage button...
the embroidery took me about 4 hours, and the dress 2...
it's always a good idea to spend oodles of time embelishing a toile, right?
we found these awesome boots in our garage, not sure who handed them down to us....
they're still too big, but she loves them!
I'm psyched to make her a little ruffled-collar, puffed-sleeves white tshirt to go under it, with white tights.... it'll be perfect for the cooler weather we get here all winter (if we EVER get cooler weather! we're in the middle of a VERY unusual heat wave!)
Monday, September 27, 2010
My kids may have lots of awesome, cute, tailor-made (or mama-made) clothes, but during record-breaking heat, they prefer nudity, so I have no adorable modeling photos tonight.
I'm pattern-testing right now. I really want to make the Bean some Shirley Temple-esque dresses... modernized for easier construction, but with that really-expensive-vintage look...First up, to check my sloper, is a simple pleated-front jumper.
I found some brown wool (a remnant from m&l, maybe? I think I bought it to make D pants, but there isn't enough), and it's super soft. But plain. And DARK brown! (like a Hershey bar)
So I spent my evening under very warm wool, trying to cool off, embroidering this design on the front bodice.
I really like it, even if it didn't come out perfectly symmetrical. I need to figure out a better way to transfer to dark fabric...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
here's the dress I made thursday (yesterday was hand finishing day), made from a vintage Simplicity pattern
yeah, Babydoll (that's her name, seriously) got a matching dress... (a la the ones I made before, I didn't match the STYLE, just the FABRIC...)
she's pretty pleased with it...
now I have 4 hours left to whip out 2 more pairs of pants for D, and maybe another dress or 2 for the bean.
or not... I think it's movie night for me and C....
Friday, September 24, 2010
I also just whipped up a pair of jeans for her out of an old pair of my jeans (from express, pre-babies), with a fold-over ribbed waistband. 20 minutes, start to finish, since I used the existing outseam and hem... Love it! Hopefully they'll fit.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
and then, when D was in a snit this afternoon, the Bean and I sewed this up, (I'm pretty proud of it, and of the effort/pleasure ratio)...
I totally have my sewing mojo going right now, so as soon as the kiddos fell asleep, I started sewing.
and this is what I made:
doesn't it just make your head explode at the cuteness????
can't you just SEE my little Bean in this dress? (with her bright green leggings, as I don't have enough yellow to make matching bloomers) (UPDATE! click the link to see the photoshoot with matching doll dress!)
this print is a pillowcase (35% polyester, ICK, but TOTALLY worth it for the colors and print!) from my AWESOME grandmother (Hi Gram!), and I love love love it, so it had to be a dress. (Bonus, I cut the dress out so the existing pillowcase hem is the hem of the dress! yay!)
Here's the back:
I have to confess, I HATE regular zippers, but I don't have any invisibles on hand that match, and I DID have a regular zipper that sorta matched, so I took a deep breath and did it! yay!
oh, and did you notice the coup de grâce for head exploding cuteness?
look at the top, and see what I found when I went through my Gram's button tin:
oh yeah, PERFECT MATCH!
drafted the pattern and sewed it up in less than 20 minutes! Granted it's not awesome craftsmanship, but my 22-month-old is quite pleased. Especially with the pockets.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
the Bean, however, IMMEDIATELY picked them up and insisted that they had to be in the pocket.
I will take that as a warning that I must sew them on VERY well.
and here are the two dresses together, the Peafowl series.... :)
(I think I need to get more green Kona to add a ruffle to the peacock dress!)
Monday, September 20, 2010
So here she is, having woken up as I was threading the elastic through the neck casing to finish it off.
She likes it a lot, and has been shrieking like a peacock everytime she looks at her pocket.
Unfortunately for my and my camera, withing minutes of trying it on, she spilled on the plain pocket, so my awesome photoshoot planned for the am might be less awesome now. Boo.