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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Simple Life Pattern Company Daphne Skirt on Pattern Revolution

I sewed this cute pear skirt from a great pattern- Daphne Skirt Pattern by Simple Life Pattern Company.  It was for Pattern Revolution and was just one skirt of many featured in a wonderful post!  You can see more pics and lots of other great skirts here.


 The pattern comes in size 2T to 12.  I loved it so much that I'm excited to try more of their patterns.

I also made an applique shirt to match the wonderful pear fabric.  I had a 97 cent Old Navy brown shirt just waiting to be made beautiful.

I used a bunch of fabrics for the underskirt.  I sewed a long chain of random widths all tighter, then measured and cut for front and back.  I am proud to say all fabric was from my stash!!!  I love how it turned out and my girl loves it too.  She just wore it for our family pictures last night and we all matched her.

She is getting so great at modeling and feeling comfortable and having fun.  Sorry for the picture overload.

 As she's getting older, everyday she wants to wear skirts and her dresses are staying in the closet (very sad but I knew it was coming).  I'm always on the lookout for cute skirts.  This Daphne skirt can be made as just a single layer too.  Pockets optional.


Friday, October 30, 2015

DIY Dragon Halloween Costume from a Kite

Here's my daughter's Halloween costume this year.  An awesome dragon from a kite.
Every year we hit the thrift store for ideas.  It's so much fun to see what we can find, what we can alter, and how creative we can be.  I'm also cheap and will not ever spend $30-50 bucks on a costume, just won't happen.  Add that I am an environmental science major and love to reuse/repurpose, and there you go.  
This year my daughter had her heart set on being a dragon (usually she just does something that we find and doesn't really care, then I add to it).  We searched the costume section and came up empty, which I was prepared for.  I already had some ideas from Pinterest.....  But as we were looking around, we found this beautiful, huge kite for $5 in the game section.

 We opened it up and checked it out and we both agreed it was pretty cool and we..... (I) could do something with it so we took it home.  First we bought it, then we took it home!

I avoided touching it for awhile.  Couldn't decide how to begin.  I was a little intimidated of ruining it.  Finally I thought the head should remain intact so people could really see the cool dragon head.  I began by using my seam ripper and taking off the head.  I formed it onto a headband and used my trusty glue gun and felt on back to attach.  LOVED IT!  That was the jumping off point for the rest of the costume.

Then I bought a $5 black sweatshirt.  I took out some plastic pieces on the wings, took off the belly, legs, and tail with a lot of seam ripping.  Then I sewed the tail back on with moving it up a lot so it didn't drag.  I also decided the tail needed dimension so I used a long plastic piece from the kite and stuffed Polyfill the entire length of the tail.  It looked much better. 

I sewed the gray belly onto the front of the sweatshirt and started creating lots of scales with all the leftover material I had from the kite.
 I backed each kite piece with felt that I had in my stash.  Very fun.  Just took a piece, roughly cut it out and sewed around edge with a straight stitch.  Of course glue gun would have also worked.
 I kept going and used red, orange and yellow felt.  I even made some plain ones with two colors of felt to fill it in more, once I ran out of kite material.  Then I laid them out evenly on both sides until I liked it, grabbed my glue gun and attached them all to the front of the sweatshirt.  LOVED IT!!!

Last step was to glue some black elastic onto the plastic kite wing pieces, slip her arms into the loops and now her arms were attached to the wings!  She can run around and "fly" now.

My darling girl LOVED IT and was so happy to be a dragon.

Last thing we did was to glue white triangle pieces of felt onto 99 cent black gloves.  Found the idea on Pinterest.  Used hot glue gun again, just a little on each piece.  I think it added a lot to the outfit.  Also was going to make felt feet to put on her shoes but hey, I was tired by now!!!!  (We will most likely add some face paint for the big night.)
So there you have it.  A $10 costume that is 100% unique.  My daughter doesn't have to be worried she'll run into anyone else dressed up like her.  I got to use my creativity and make her happy. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Little Lizard King Ani-Mazing Suspender Skirt

 Today a really adorable pattern is releasing- Little Lizard King's Ani-Mazing Suspender Skirt!!!!  I had the privilege of testing this pattern and it's just the best.  Pattern is 20% off this weekend with code Animals20.

 I jumped on the chance to test it since my daughter chose to have a fox birthday party theme for her 8th birthday in Oct.  She's the biggest animal lover and her favorite stuffed animal is Foxxy (her spelling!).

 Here he is-FOXXY!!!  Of course I had to make ears to match.  I'll post a tutorial this week on how to make these from scraps. 
 I couldn't believe my luck (or hoarding habit) to happen to have the PERFECT buttons for the skirt.  Thanks to Jo-Ann's clearance section.  The colors matched exactly and I love that the hearts are off center and tilted a bit.
 Here's my kinda toothless girl striking her fox pose.  I said she could do it and man, immediately I got a real smile, and not a fake one.  She loves to do PAWS!

 It really was a fun photo shoot.  She's become so wonderful about modeling for me.  I hate that she keeps growing....
 I'm thinking of selling these in my etsy shop, so let me know if you're interested.  My first one took a while to make, but now I think I will be faster. 
 The buttons for the eyes are gorgeous vintage ones with black and gold that I got in a local antique store.  They just look like eyes to me.
 Skirt fox fabric is at Jo-Ann's right now and I got it with my 40% off coupon.  I think it's in Novelty section.  Bought the red/orange and white there too to match.  I don't use my dress form too much but it's from IKEA and nice and affordable.
 This pattern also has directions and pattern pieces for a cat, dog, mouse and bunny!!!!  I can't handle it.  The test photos are precious.

 Raedene Samuel Averitt's photo.
Laura Muzinic's photo.
I really love testing since I need deadlines to actually try new things.  It's been so much fun and I'm hoping to offer lots of custom outfits in my etsy shop. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washi Dress by Made by Rae

 I did a review for Pattern Revolution on this cute dress.  It's the Washi dress pattern by Made by Rae.  You can see the entire review here.
My review was part of a Dress Your Shape campaign.  I'm a rectangle.  I don't think I followed the rules for this shape, but I love the dress.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Honey Gum Dress by Ainslee Fox

 Here's a dress I made for my patriotic post on Pattern Revolution.  The dress is the Honey Gum Dress pattern by Ainslee Fox.  I really fell for this one and so did my girl.
 Did lots of star appliques in two different navy and white dot fabrics.
I never do red but the dress turned out so bright and cheerful.  It's just a perfect dress for my happy girl.  All the fabrics were from my stash so that made me happy!!  The pattern had the best directions for an invisible zipper.  Mine turned out great and I dread zippers.
 Made her a little tissue paper pom pom from directions in Family Fun magazine.  My girl loves some props for her modeling sessions.  Gotta love the cowgirl boots.
 In love with this face.  Those eyes!
 She wore the dress on July 4th for the parade.  She actually rode on a float for school in the parade and loved throwing out candy.  It was hot!  Look at her red face.
My husband was there too so it was a fun family day.  Another successful dress sewn up!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ceilings for Healing Painted Tile for Cancer Center

This is me with my ceiling tile I painted for our local Cancer Center.  It's for a program called "Ceilings for Healing".  It's inspired by a national program, "Healing Ceilings".  I painted the sun tile in honor of a very close family member currently battling cancer.  It means the world to me that I can hopefully make someone at the center smile a bit or bring a little happiness to their day while they're dealing with cancer.

 After my proposal was selected, I received an acoustic ceiling tile to paint.  The acrylic paint was donated from a local art supply store.  SO NICE!  First step was to gesso the entire tile.  After it dried I drew the sun in pencil, then did a base color on everything with the paint.  It took a lot of time to get the paint into all the many holes.
Then I started shading the yellow sun with oranges and reds.  Obviously they want happy paintings with bright colors.
Last step was to add some gold acrylic paint that I bought and doing dots!  I did the dots with the tip of a brush.  It's dark blue and white.  Signed initials in corner with gold!  Done. 
 The Cancer Center had a nice little reception for the artists and my family came to support me.  My son got his photo with all the BEAUTIFUL tiles.  There were 12 in all, for the 12 overnight rooms.

I am so proud to be a part of this program.  Even though I teach art for elementary kids, I don't consider myself to be an artist.  There are so many more talented than I am, but this project means so much to me that I can dedicate my painting to my loved one.