Monday, February 21, 2011

Aprons - matching for mommy and munchkin

At the fabric store this past weekend, I scored some great fabric. Part of that was two aprons, originally $14.99, but which I bought for $3 each. They are matching, and I got them so that my little one and I can wear them when we bake ;)

And, it's reversible! Love it.



Her favorite thing to say now is, "Girls day! Whoooo!"  It cracks me up and makes me smile every time.

Have a great day!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Springtime Lace Skirts - For Mommy & Daughter!

I've been seeing these beautiful lace skirts everywhere in blogland, and I've always been too afraid to try and make something like that for myself. I fear making adult-sized clothes, because I don't like patterns so I don't use them, and I am not a great measur-er. Oh, and I don't like long projects. I have sewing ADD. Little people clothes that are quick are more my style.

However, perusing the aisles at Hobby Lobby yesterday, I came across a beee-you-ti-full spool of lace trim. In the clearance section. 11 yards. For $14.93.  Oh yes, that's right - less than $15 for that much lace! It was a sign - I needed to make a skirt. I bought a yard each of two other laces as well, for a skirt for my daughter (to mix with the lace from my spool and give it some character). And those yards were 30% off. Nice.

$18 I was heading home and laying out my idea in my mind. For daughter's skirt, I used some pink jersey material I had left from this skirt as the slip part underneath the lace. I cut two skirt shaped pieces, which I measured by laying one of her current skirts on top of the material. Then I just measured, marked, and sewed the lace on row by row to each side of the slip. Once both sides had the lace on them, I measured and cut a waistband (again using her skirt as a reference). I sewed the waistband on each slip piece. I cut out elastic to the appropriate size, sewed it into the waist band, turned the slip pieces so they were face to face, and sewed up the sides to close the skirt.

Looking at the INSIDE of the skirt, I stopped to wish for yet another moment that I had a serger, and then I turned the skirt rightside out. It was exactly what I wanted! I sewed on a pretty turquoise ribbon, and three chiffon roses, by hand. It was done! I made it a little longer so she can wear it as a semi-dress or as a skirt.

Next was mine. Same process - I used an old pillowcase as my slip ;) Cut, measured, marked, sewed, but on mine I added a zipper. I used an old belt for a spring trench coat (it's a salmony-pink color) as my waistband, and then after an hour and twenty minutes, mine was done too! And the best part was, I used an old skirt to measure my skirt with...and because I've been losing weight, the skirt was too big! I had to take it in ;) I paired it with a black top, and then brought the skirt up high to make it look more dress like. I threw on the belt I had made this week, and pink shoes and ta-da! Done. And exactly what I wanted. Frilly, poofy, lacy.

Disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever pretended to be, a model. I look so uncomfortable posing for pictures! Yeesh. But I wanted a picture of the skirt. Plus, just focus on my daughter's pics. She's super cute ;)

So without further ado, here are mommy-daughter semi-matching springtime skirts!






 




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Pink jersey and tulle layer skirt

My munchkin needed a cute skirt for her Valentine's party at daycare, so I whipped something up with the material, a little elastic and my trusty sewing machine. I cut out a skirt shape from the material, then strips of material (both were non-fray) and then just sewed them on layer by layer. The edges are jagged on purpose, because that's the look I wanted it to have - just messy and rock-star-ish. I didn't take any pictures of her in it, but I will next time!





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Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Christmas Tree Deco

I know, I know - I'm late with another one! But I soooo wanted to show this. My mom used to make handmade Christmas decorations all the time, and I still have a few. So I really wanted to make my own this year. I found for 50 cents at Goodwill back in November a carboard Christmas tree shape. I just cut out strips of different fabrics, added pearls as decorations and put a ribbon of fabric at the top. And of course brown burlap for the trunk. A fun touch to Christmas!





Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Christmas Shirt - I know, a day late and a dollar short!

I know it's late, but I just realized I never included it in my blog! I made this shirt last second for her to wear to daycare the day before Christmas Eve. And by last minute, I mean 9 p.m. on December 23 I was like hmmmm, why not stay up late and sew a shirt? Just because? Lol, yep, that's how I roll.

So here it is - the result. A shaggy Christmas tree made from different fabrics, and with pearls sewn on as the decorations.





Happy Christmas in February!

Allie

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Pink Jersey Dress

I bought this jersey knit fabric a few months ago in the clearance bin. It's about a yard and a half - just enough for a little spring/summer dress for my munchkin.




I cut out the pieces and sewed it up, added two contrasting-pattern pockets. Please ignore the pink shirt and blue pants - I just tried it on her over what she had on ;) Her favorite part of any clothing now is pockets - she loves to carry things in pockets.

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Miscellaneous projects - dress, nightgown, tableclothe

Just a few miscellaneous projects I had, that I wanted to throw here on the good ol' blog. The first was actually the first time I ever used a pattern. It turned out okay, but I'm not in love with it. I love the fabric, but the dress itself is just okay.


These are the pajamas from h*ll. Ugh - the second time I used a pattern. It was awful. In another language (thanks clearance bin - booo!), had weird numbers for the sizes. Instead of actually researching, I just laid one of her dresses on there, and picked the number with the next size up. I got to sewing and...realized I made the nightgown UPSIDE DOWN. Well, at least when she wears it and looks down, it will be rightside up ;)  And then I went too far (as I often do) and wanted to just keep adding. Geez, good thing I don't have a bedazzler! I added a flower. And it's about 3 sizes too big. I just hate this piece. She probably will never wear it, because I just don't like it. I dislike patterns. Winging it always usually works much better for me.


I used the rest of the fabric to make her a very simple tablecloth and napkins for her little table in her room, because she loves tea parties. Now if only I could find something to turn the hideous nightgown into. Maybe a purse.


Have a nice day!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Refashioned Belts

I'm so tired of my normal four belts that I use. Boring! And while I'm just beginning the search for new belts, I figured I might be able to refashion some. I found a few belts in my closet from those cotton blazers I have from Old Navy, and from shirt dresses. Just plain, one colored belts...but with a little bit of lace and trim that I have on hand, I started planning out some ideas.

This is what I came up with. I have two more pinned, but not sewn. I will share those when I do!

 


 



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The Reversible Dress

I know this dress will seem very circa-1972 due to the brown and yellow colors (which I can remember plastered the walls of our home in the late 70s/early 80s), but I don't care - I LOVED the print.

If you didn't know from my earlier post this week, thanks to my awesome hubby, I hit the fabric jackpot.

After making my purse, my next project focused on this awesome duckie print. I had picked up a yellow fabric from the scrap bin because it matched the duckies, and thought I would make a reversible dress with them. The yellow side has two duckie pockets, the duckie side has one yellow pocket.





I love how it turned out. And since my little girl loves carrying her toys around with her (especially her little ponies and pet shop toys), I made her a little matching purse with a little pocket that she loved.


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