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2 little hooligans--Flowers For Sale
2 little hooligans--Flowers For Sale
This was one of those times when the fabrics where chosen first and the designs came second. When I saw this gingham, striped and semi-solid fabrics all together I knew they were it and the design for the ruffled dress came to my mind immediately. All of the fabrics used were 100% light-weight cotton. I also used a few yards of coordinating lace ribbon sewn on top of the white cotton fabric to add a little more detail and sweetness. Each and every piece of fabric that I cut was cut on the bias. This was a new technique for me, but I will definitely being using it again. I just love the way the edges slightly fray. To make the ruffled dress I started out by using one of our favorite outgrown skirts as a template and cut out a skirt slightly larger then the template we had. Then I cut a bunch of strips from the three different fabrics at all different widths and lengths. Each strip was then ruffled by hand and layered on top of the skirt in all different directions. Sometimes I overlapped the rows and sometimes I folded the ruffles so that they would go in a different direction. This was the fun part, but it was also very time consuming. Once all of the layering was done I made a simple bodice and attached it to the skirt. I wanted to keep the bodice simple in design while overly designing the skirt. I can't help but love the way it turned out. The slightly frayed edges on the ruffles work perfectly with the uneven tiers on the dress, plus the cotton fabric keeps the dress looking casual.
The flower embellished dress came to me when I saw all of the ruffled strips laying on the table. They looked like a bunch of little flowers...and thus FLOWERS FOR SALE became the theme as well the design for the dress. For this dress I used one of their outgrown A-line dress as a template and then just added a few inches all around. I played around with the different fabrics for the bodice and skirt until I finally came up with the design. After the dress was assembled I added the flowers to the skirt portion of it. I simply did that by sewing the ruffled strips of fabric into a circle onto the dress, making little flowers. Lastly I added a few ruffles to the bottom of the dress to balance out the solid fabrics that were in the bodice.
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Welcome to the Mouse House--State of Grace
I had so much fun making the "State of Grace" dress!
In my opinion, there is nothing sweeter than poofy skirts, peter pan collars, and flowers for a cute little girl.
After churning out a ton of bias cut organza, I turned each strip into beautiful ivory organza rosettes (lots and lots and lots of them!) and then hand sewed them onto a
removable organza apron and onto the headband.
(always have to have matching hair accessories, right?)
I drafted every bit of this outfit from scratch, including the beautiful peter pan collared dress, which was created from gorgeous pink silk shantung. Such a great textured fabric on the outside with silky softness on the inside.
In addition to the removable apron, dress and headband, I also made a charcoal gray shrug (also cut on the bias, of course!) for the upcoming cool autumn weather.
I have a ridiculous amount of pictures up on my blog, so go check it out at Welcome to the Mouse House!
Nest Full of Eggs--Le Tricolore
nest full of eggs.
A Girl and a Glue Gun--The Sunshine Dress
so i could have done this entire competition with this one pattern! (well...boy week would have been tricky) i loved it so much!
it was hard to narrow done the chaos in my mind..but i eventually went with ombre yellow strips, closely sewed together and a full dress....
after the photo shoot...i remembered why i don't use her as my model...but a nice bribe of candy from the gas station got a few usuable shots. and i think i love them more than then a nice posed one!
This bright dress makes me happy..almost has happy as the little girl in it.
come by my blog to see even more pictures!
Elegance and Elephants--Down By the Bay
I've been loving the nautical trend everywhere lately, and knowing that the last few weeks of our summer would be spent near the ocean, I just had to incorporate it into my version of no big dill's "It's Okay to Be Biased" skirt. There's something so lovely about crisp white & navy accented by a pop of colour. I self-drafted the pattern for the fully lined shift dress, which features three oversized satin bias strips, an exposed navy blue zipper, and tie. There are also matching satin bloomers that I made using ruffled bias strips.
It took a little while to decide how to finish the bias strips, but in the end, I chose to create an asymmetrical shape with them. And since I love colour options, there are three interchangeable belts in yellow, slate, and coral pink, with silver anchor buttons, to complete the dress. The outfit is accessorized by a jersey knit beret accented by a bright, yellow bow, and a hand-painted reversible tote bag with pockets.
Sew Country Chick--La Vie En Rose
Today's first challenge utilizing the bias strip technique from Katy at No Big Dill was inspired by Paris in the 1920's.
La Vie En Rose.....
The smaller dress worn by Genevieve was made from a combination of cotton voile, silk charmeuse, and silk shantung. It has a double layer Peter Pan collar, a drop waist with black crochet trim, and gathered sleeves. I made the flower hair clip and the tie neck from black silk. Both dresses are made from some silk charmeuse and silk shantung I had in my stash. I machine washed them to make them softer and washable for kids.
Lily's dress was a classic A line shift made from silk shantung layered over cotton voile. I turned the fabric on the bias and sewed lines every inch or so and then slashed the top layer. I stayed true to Katy's tutorial for Genevieve's dress but mixed up the technique for this dress. To give a more modern feel to this dress I added the exposed zipper and the roses around the neck made from black silk bias strips. I made the feather hairclip from a few maribou feathers glued to a pin. Both patterns were drafted from the basic blocks I recently made from the girls measurements. To see more photos you can visit my blog.
Delia Creates--Simple Lines Outfit
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Lindsay, Etc.--Summer Serenade Shift
This little number was a last hurrah for summer- a sweet and sunny shift that has bias strip ruffles moving down the bodice and along the hemline.
It is playful and cheery, and is easy to savor every last second of summer in. The bias strips are Nani Iro gauze, a saffron tencel makes up the skirt, and has a zipper closure in the back. More on my blog here.