Whn Nyla was 18 months I bought her the CUTEST outfit you ever saw for Easter.
but when we got to church 3 other lil girls had on the same dress!! Being the diva mom I can be I was heated! LOL. That was the day I got serious about sewing! My baby would wear things you just couldn't find in stores (for events and special occasions, anyway)!
Well I had in mind an Easter outfit for her. Had the fabric and everything, but a week before I punked out and bought a dress on Ebay! I was too swamped and busy sewing other stuff and tried to make this the night before Easter. I conked out at 2am and said forget it! I finally finished it last night and she tried it on this morning.
It was my own drafted pattern. I stepped outside my comfort zone of sewing with mostly woven cottons and tackled ravelly, annoying silk! It was worth it, even though there are wispy purple strands all over my house! She loves it!
Here's what she actually wore. Beautiful dress and actually better suited for current Michigan weather! I got so many compliments and folks asking me did I make it that I'm thinking about re-creating it in another color scheme! Perhaps turquoise brown and white or go Tiffany style and do turquoise black and white!
Some of you here may remember me posting Nyla's 4th B-day outfit last summer. It's one of my faves and people ask about it a lot when they view my photo albums. Well I had a lady request a pint sized version in a 9 month size. So I went to work!
I had to draft all my own patterns for the whole thing becasue I really don't trust commercial patterns in infant sizes! I can never figure out what a small is or a sz 1/2 and it drives me nuts! I didn't really start sewing until Nyla was 1 (3.5 yrs ago) and missed out on the infant sizing and most of my orders are for 2t and up.
Anyhow I made it using most the same fabrics and omitted the cupcake in the front. I did a lil peasant top underneath (hey it's Michigan after all), ruffled bloomers and a headband to match. I used lace, buttons and ric-rac as accents.
I finished it last night and hope she loves it. It's her babies Easter outfit! I love that it isn't the usual pastel fluffy dress, it can also be worn without the peasant top for the summer!
I found some fabric that has girls all over and I knew I wanted to make something cute from it! This outfit was made atleast 6 months ago but I never posted it cause I didn't like it too much. It has grown on me a bit since but it's not my best work.
I also found a hot pink rhinestone applique that said Girls Rule! that I thought would look cute on the pants leg. Word to the wise.....those things can be a pain to apply correctly and mines did not come out the way I planned so I ended up picking off the word rule. lol. Never again! That's what I get for being to lazy to rip the leg seam and do my own applique! It has tons of twirl as you can see in one of the pics. It's too cold to wear the better looking blue short sleeved top right now so she was wearing a long sleeve white tee underneath last week when she wore it to school.
The pants that started off long enough are now capris because my child keeps growing like a beanstalk! I like them better this way actually. Shows off her Chucks!
As you can tell she was being really silly while taking these pics. Such a ham!
I haven't posted in a while but I'm still busy as a bee sewing! Here's Nyla's Valentine outfit. I was originally going to use the corduroy for another outfit, but I thought, "Hey, it's got hearts on it PLUS it can be worn more times without it looking too holiday specific.
It's a simple peasant top with a sash and circle skirt. I made a coordinating heart pin from the fabric to add flair. I used bias tape for the hem with contasting thread which was a simple but nice effect.
And for something new, funky and fun for the hair, my new Jazzi Pom bows. I used to love the Fraggles and the Red Fraggle girl with the wild pom pigtails inspired these.
I have been up to my ears in Fiberfil, stuffing these pillows but folks love them for their kids! These are just a few of the many I've made over the past few months. I add lots of trims, buttons and ric-rac to make each pillow unique.
OMIGOD I'm glad I ran into this thread. I am a self professed scrappie! I have tons of fabric but hate throwing away scraps unless thy are really tiny. I use my scraps to make MANY things. Covered, buttons, patchwork anything, applique, deco jeans, you name it! Here are a few examples of what I accomplish with scraps!
The buttons on this shirt were covered in scrap.
The letters and strips on these pillows
And even cute embellishments like yo-yos or fabric flowers
And sooooo many other things. Hey, it makes you look at what may seem like annoying useless pieces of fabric in a different light huh?
I scored this fabric for 80% offwhen my closest Jo-Ann's went out of business. I was sad to see the store go but I did clean up on the deals! The teal really set this fabric off well since there is teal in the print.
I made the first twirl skirt (extremely twirly) and a peasant top for Nyla. I had just enough left over to do deco style jeans, another peasant top and shirred top to go over it for added effect. I wasn't sure if I liked that outfit or not but I had a little display table at a ladies luncheon and people loved it. A lady got it for her daughter to wear for her B-day party.
I had been dying to do these type of jeans for a while. There are fun and you get to really put your style into them!
I bought lots of flannel last year for only $2 a yard during a hot sale at Joann's. I made one pair of pj's that are now knickers. Kids grow fast!
This set was so easy and fast to make. Peasant tops make wonderful pajama tops and I used a one pc. pants pattern for the bottom. Nyla was sleepy and didn't want to take any pics. Look at the stinky face at the bottom! (she's going to one day hate that this pic is on the world wide web)!
I've been so busy sewing for others that I haven't been able to make my own child anything that screams Fall! So when this request came through for something with earthy and fall colors like reds and browns I was more than happy to do it! Get me out of the "pink and purple" mode!!!
I made this for a little girl who is turning 2 and will be taking pictures soon. I absolutely adore it and plan on making Nyla something burnt orange and brown this weekend. I don't care what I have to push aside!
I did something a little different than I normally do with my peasant tops. I added bias tape to the hems and necklines. Yes it took longer but it added the perfect touch! The top is cream with tiny gold flecks in it, really pretty fabric. The skirt is SUPER full! The bottom ruffle alone was over 6 yards long before I ruffled it! I put ric-rac, ribbon and buttons on the skirt to add flair, did a flower brooch pin, made bows and a bracelet to match.
Very cute! She'll love it! Your korkers look nice! I make them allllllllll the time!
One suggestion though. Since these are going to be for a newborn/infant that probably won't have much hair (atleast enough for those) for quite sometime a good idea would be to get a stretchy headband that matches, make a loop with ribbon on it so that the korker bow can slide into. That way the baby can wear it 2 different ways for a long time!