Monday, October 31, 2011

Boy's Halloween Shirt Vest

 Here is Gabe's Halloween outfit.  I shamelessly copied it from here. Although, I have to admit, I think mine is MUCH cuter--and functional too!  I was lucky enough to have a boy's vest pattern on hand, and I just sewed it on to a plain white shirt I bought at walmart. For the tie, I used this site as a guide, but I didn't have enough of fabric to follow the tie exactly so I improvised, and I think it turned out alright. 
I think I paid about  $5 for Gabe's shirt vest, and it was fairly easy to make.  Super cheap and super cute for a super cute little boy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Elisa's Halloween Outfit.

There are many Halloween outfits to choose from, but I wanted something completely original and totally adorable for Elisa.  No one should be surprised then, that I decided to make her an outfit.   Here's how I did it:
Shirt: $3 at walmart.  I cut out letters out of sparkly felt ($1)  with an xacto-knife (I originally wanted a spider, but it didn't work out.  Then I glued a ribbon with a sparkly to the shirt.  That's it!
Skirt: $0, since I used left over tulle.  My dad helped out with cutting the tulle, which was a great help especially since I absolutly abhore cutting tulle! I got lazy and actually GLUED the tulle together (not recomended) but in the end it turned out super cute because it gave the skirt structure so that it pops up like a ballerina tutu.
Hairbow: $0, made from leftover ribbon (never throw out ribbon, you never know when you will use it!).  I made it using corkscrew ribbon and glue.
Legwarmers: $2 at Joannes, I bought women's size knee-highs, chopped off the feet, sewed ribbon onto a peice of elastic and sewed it on the leg warmers.  So cute, and super easy!

Total price: $6! Can't beat that on an outfit this cute!!


Sunday, October 9, 2011


 Typically, skirts are among the easiest pieces of clothing to sew.  Unless you're attempting to make a pettiskirt, then they are among the LONGEST!  I didn't realize what I was getting myself into when I started this project!  Don't get me wrong, they're not hard...they just take forever because they require tons of fabric, and gathers upon gathers upon gathers. I felt like I was gathering and sewing forever.  And in the end, it still wasn't as fluffy as I thought it would be. Dangit.
However, it turned out super cute I think.  Normally pettiskirts are made with nylon chiffon, but Joannes doesn't carry that material (what the heck?!), but I found some similar fabric (slightly more stretchy though) in the clearance aisle and I think it worked out just fine.
I would offer you a tutorial, but you're better off just looking here.   But I'll give you the approximate measurements I used for my pettiskirt: --Or not.  Sorry--can't find the paper that I wrote the measurements on right now, I will though when I find it!

 The pettiskirt is sewn in a tiered fashion, doubled-as in, there are two layers.
 sewing the waistband

And here it is on our gorgeous model.  I couldn't resist putting pearls on her!  Too bad I forgot the hair bow--I guess that makes the pics null and void.  No, not really, she's adorable without a hair bow!


 Super cute!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Red, Black, and White Dress

 I absolutely LOVE this dress on Elisa! It is very comfortable and also very striking--red, black, and white is such a great combo of colors!  To make this dress, I just altered a dress pattern-the same one I always use.  This was my first time using pre-made bias tape.  I love working with bias tape; it is SO easy.   I made the hair bow too, from a recycled damask ribbon and a plastic rose, in which I tore out the middle and put a sparklie in it's place.  Here is the princess modeling her dress: 


I'm not too happy about how much I spent on this outfit--almost $10.  Not horrible, but I have done, and could do, better.  Good thing it turned out super cute!

Pink Seersucker Outfit

 The perfect summer outfit! Light and comfy, and most importantly, adorable.  I made this outfit by copying another dress she had that was over ten years old! Cuteness never goes out of style! I used 100% cotton seersucker fabric with cotton lace trim.  I love this dress on her--it probably gets the most use out of all of her outfits.  


 I paid around $8 for everything (lace, buttons, fabric) but I do have a ton of the pink fabric left over, so I think we made out well.