Friday, 30 January 2015

Hats, hats and more hats!

Hats, hats and more hats!

My youngest daughter is starting school next week and I was 
reading through her school requirements. 

I realised I didn't have a hat for her and with a "no hat, no play" 
policy it was VERY important that she have one.

I remember buying the Peek-a-boo pattern shop 
Floppy Flower Sun Hat pattern quite a while ago
so I got it our and whipped this one up for her.

After posting a couple of photos on facebook I was swamped 
with orders for this awesome little hat.

I changed the design slightly to make it completely reversible.

I wish this hat came in adult sizes because I have a few big people 
wanting one too, including me ;)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Another Elsa Dress (a little more grown up)

Another Elsa Dress

I wanted to make this next attempt of an Elsa dress a little more grown up 
as it was for my almost 7 year old.

I used the New Look 6641 pattern to make the bodice and then used the 
Peek-a-boo tutorial to assemble the dress. 

I decided to keep the skirt straight rather than gathered 
as this gave a more grown up feel.

I am very pleased at how this dress turned out and am very happy 
at my success at sewing with knit fabric. 

The next thing on my list is an Anna dress for my little one.
I'll be sure to show you when I'm done :)

Monday, 12 January 2015

A Frozen Inspired Elsa Dress

A Frozen Inspired Elsa Dress

After posting about the Snow White dress here
I had a couple of people ask for an Elsa dress.

I searched through Pinterest and noticed that if the colour was right 
and it had a few snowflakes on it, it would make a perfect Frozen dress :)

I think that these dresses have a cartoon quality to them rather than an authentic look, 
which actually had me questioning if they were suitable to be labelled as an Elsa dress.

I think the cape made the whole thing come together.
I used this tutorial for it. It was Very easy :)

I really enjoy making costumes. The fear of the perfect fit disappears 
and I enjoy the whole process. It makes me happy to be able to 
give my kids joy in dressing up.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Snow White Costume

Snow White Costume

My youngest daughter was wearing her big sisters Snow White 
costume the other day. When I walked into her room I found her crying.
She had taken off the costume and I was not sure why she was upset.
She said "I am never wearing that dress again!" 
When I asked why she replied "because it falls off my shoulders"

I knew it was too big for her but didn't realise it was that big a deal.
I told her that I would make her a new Snow White costume, one that fits :)

I used the original dress as inspiration along with this tutorial

Original Dress

I also used the basic peasant top pattern from this book as a basis for the dress.
From memory the patterns in this book run a little small so I opted for a size 5.
After sewing it up it was obviously too big around the waist so 
I just sewed a little elastic along the waist seam to bring it in a little. 
It just means my girl will get plenty of wear before I need to make a bigger one.

Before I had even finished the dress my girls had grabbed an apple 
and were ready for a photo shoot. I guess I have trained them well ;)

My kids have now put in their order for a Belle dress and an Aurora Dress!
At least I know it has been a success :)