Friday, June 13, 2014

Eesa's Easter Dress

 This dress was an experiment that turned out ok.  It was my first time ever working with nylon chiffon--which can be a little tricky, but oh so pretty!  Also it was my first time ever working with fishing wire--yes, thats right--fishing wire.  Fishing wire is used as a hemming technique for super flouncy, curly, and fluffy pageant wear, I think they're called "cupcake" dresses.  My intention was not to make her a pageant dress, but just something on the simpler side with a lot of girly fluff.  I was sucessful with the simple look, not so sure about the fluffiness.  It didn't turn out as full and curly as I was hoping.  Not sure if I needed more layers of chiffon (not that I had any extra anyway) or the coils weren't tight enough.   I'm guessing its the former.  And possibly the fact that most pageant dresses are made using organza and not chiffon fabric.  Also I used two layers of chiffon per one strand of fishing wire, maybe I should have just did one to one, but the wire just seemed too think and I was afraid it would show through if I just used one...maybe a smaller weight fishing wire?  I used the 80 lbs one.  Well, enough of my rambling.  Its done and it turned out cute.  I guess its good that its not too over-the-top anyway.  It paired perfectly with the $1 Target Easter hat she has, and some little white gloves.  I think the whole ensemble was just perfect for Easter, despite the dress not turning out as I had intended!


Fun and Funky Ruffle Bib Shirt

 Here's a cute shirt I randomly made using mostly scraps.  The colorful floral print caught my eye at Hobby Lobby, so I bought some, but only a 1/2 yard.  Oh well, it was enough for this shirt.  The rest I just used scrap material.  I used a combination of 3 different patterns to make this shirt, and I really like the way it turned out.  But I don't like the way the ruffles wrinkle up when it gets washed.  Ugh, I try hard to stay away from crappy fabric, but sometimes its hard to resist! Oh well, with some ironing, its as good as new!  I think I paid may $4 for this shirt, I'm rounding up of course: 

Shirt and Pleated Pants Set

Here is an outfit set that I just love!  I made it back in February, and I was afraid it wouldn't get much wear since it gets hot here so soon, but actually she's worn it quite a bit.  I love that its stylish, comfortable, and super cute!  The shirt only needed a yard of fabric ($5 Hobby Lobby fabric) and for the pants I used gray corduroy that was on clearance, I think I paid like $3 for it.  Initially I was worried about gray in this style of pants making her look like an elephant, but I think it look darling paired with the shirt  I used Violette Field Threads' Whitney Pants pattern and Josephine shirt pattern--I just love their patterns! I've made this shirt pattern several times before but it always remains a very involved shirt (as far as shirts go), thanks to pin tucks and lots of button holes.

Here is the cute modeling her new outfit: 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pink "Barbie" Jacket

 Here's a really cute jacket with some really bad pictures.  Its gotta be one of my favorite things I've made Elisa.  I'm sad that it won't fit her next winter season.  I got the fabric so ridiculously cheap; I don't know if I'll ever be able to make another jacket this cheap again!  The outside is a plastic suede that I found as a remnant at Joannes for a couple bucks. The lining (which is darling but you can't see it in these pictures) is flannel in rainbow stars print. I think I paid about a dollar for it at Joannes at their black Friday sale.
Anyway, I used Violette Field Thread's Molly Jacket pattern as a guide for this jacket.  I originally left the collar off; but then I looked at it and decided it needed a collar after all.  Collars are definitely not meant to be add-ons.  Oh well, the awkward laying and slight pulling of the collar isn't too noticeable, thankfully.  I also added a belt which I think just makes the jacket!  I happened to have a round metal thingy (I think I bought them for a purse that I made several years ago) and it worked out just perfect for this project.  Elisa really liked this jacket and she got a lot of compliments while wearing it out!