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1  Dance costumes - Done!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Laylabean on: May 03, 2011 08:34:35 AM
I made these costumes for the three-year-old class at my daughter's dance studio. I've been doing costumes for a long time and these have to be my favorite ever. I love all the colors!

There are more details on my blog as well as the costumes for their second dance and the outfits I made for the lone boy in the class.


Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions are always appreciated.

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2  Elizabeth Swann's Gold Dress from Pirates (lots 'o pics) in Halloween Costumes by Laylabean on: November 07, 2010 12:28:59 AM
My daughter loves Elizabeth's gold dress from the first Pirates movie so this year for Halloween we decided to recreate it.

The skirt got smooshed against the column in this pic, but you can see from the others how full it was. She's got two petticoats under there.

I embroidered and beaded the front:

The back closes with a double row of grommets for the criss-cross look. But I deliberately made it too big this year so she can wear it again and we doubled up the grommets.

This was such a fun costume to make, one of my favorites ever by far!

Waiting for Will. Just so long as he brings Captain Jack along for me  Grin

Thanks for looking.
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3  Flower Fairy costume help!! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Laylabean on: September 27, 2010 09:25:26 PM
My 10-yr-old has asked for this dress for Halloween this year.

I've been planning it out and think I'm up to the challenge, but I need some input on the hems. What is the best way to make them stand out like that so they resemble petals? I was thinking either horsehair braid or millinery wire (or a combo of the two) but is there another, better way?


ETA: I know about the fishing line or lettuce edge techniques but I'm hoping for bigger ripples.
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4  Anthropologie-inspired necklace (Tute from Mrs. Priss) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Laylabean on: August 01, 2010 10:42:22 PM
I came across this awesome necklace tutorial and had to make it.

It took me most of the day but that was because I have two little boys and they kept interrupting and pulling my beads all over the floor.

I wore it to church today and it was a hit. Total cost = approx $7

More details and more fabric flowers can be found on my blog:
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5  Re: Show me your Christmas tree! in Winter Holidays by Laylabean on: December 10, 2009 11:38:14 AM
Here's mine...we did blue and silver with some white accents.

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6  Spider Princess - pretty, creepy, pretty creepy in Halloween Costumes by Laylabean on: November 01, 2009 06:42:47 PM
Hooray! My first challenge entry!!

I made this costume for my 11-year-old. We started with an old 80's era prom dress and I dyed it black, then took the skirt off and added almost 12 yards of chiffon in various shades of gray. We glued the spiders on and shredded the whole thing.

Better shot of the spiders...

Spinny shot because she's 11 and likes to spin...

The original dress... so 80s...

Ms. Thing looking all moody...

Thanks for looking!! Comments and feedback are appreciated.
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7  Bella's Princess Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Laylabean on: June 27, 2009 12:00:33 AM

I finally finished the princess dress for my 2-year-old niece. Here it is!!

I used McCalls 4622, which turned out to be a great pattern. I liked it so much that I went today and bought another one in the larger size to maybe someday use for my own daughters. I made one adjustment to the sleeves and did a ribbon casing for the elastic rather than the self-casing suggested by the pattern. It was easier. I also did a petticoat to help the skirt stand out.

This is only my second time inserting a lapped zipper and it went in without a hitch - yay! Here's a pic of the back, which looks pretty much like the front, I'm just adding it to be braggy.

More pics and info on my blog.


Thanks for looking!!
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8  Mediocre (but still fun) felt food in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Laylabean on: April 04, 2008 03:56:28 PM
I started these at about midnight last night to use in a discovery presentation in my daughter's class this morning. I had planned to make a whole bunch of food, (veggies, fruits, desserts, breads, pasta, etc.) to show the kids and then give them to my 10-month-old for toys. But I procrastinated too long and then wouldn't you know it, got slammed with work and so only had time to do a few, hurried pieces.

The 4th graders still loved it, even the boys. I showed them how to make their own versions out of construction paper and they had a good time. And it's rekindled my interest so this weekend has been declared Felt Food O-Rama!

Anyway, here it is...


Pizza - the green peppers photographed kind of brown, it's much more colorful in real life:

And the cakes my daughters made last year when they were ages 6 and 8 using the tutorial from fellow craftster, aoi. Thanks! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=26836.0)

More information on my blog: http://laylabean.com/2008/04/04/felt-food/

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9  Pretty!! Cracked glass... (big pictures!!) in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Laylabean on: March 03, 2008 06:08:00 PM
Okay, I'm SO in love with these! Thanks to everyone who has posted instructions on how to crack glass marbles in the oven. My girls and I did this today. We had regular marbles but we also tried the glass flat marbles (Stones? What are they called?) you can buy for cheap at Wal-Mart. I like them better than the marbles.

So pretty!!  I don't know what I'll do with them yet. They're sitting in a bowl on my desk and I can't stop picking them up and turning them in the light. If I were going to keep them all together, I'd make some green flat stones to match the marbles better, but I like the blue.

Flat clear and blue:


Large flat w/ab finish:

All together:

I'm going to do a writeup on my blog of the actual process which included some mishaps. Hey, did you know they get HOT and they'll burn your rug if dropped?  Yeah.

Thanks for looking!  I'd love to have your comments.   Smiley

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10  Christmas mantel thingy in Winter Holidays by Laylabean on: December 06, 2007 04:46:14 PM
Here's the fireplace mantel decoration I made for Christmas.  I didn't use a pattern, just worked up what I liked with tissue paper first.  It's made from gold embroidered fabric and lined with another gold fabric. 

More info and better pictures of the fabric on my blog, as well as a shot of the Halloween swag I also made. 


Thanks for looking!
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