Sunday, September 28, 2008
Not sure what to call this dress but I've borrowed ideas from several dresses I've seen on other kids to come up with this style for my daughter. The main body of the dress is a cool hounds tooth corduroy I found on sale at a fabric store in Chicago's south loop neighborhood. They didn't have the bonanza of cotton print fabric I was hoping for, but I did pick up some things from a remnant section they had. That's where the other fabrics on the dress came from. The lack of yardage will result in this being a one of a kind dress (maybe I can squeeze out one or two more for friends). The knot straps are a great idea since they allow you to add or take away a few inches in the length of the dress. I hope my daughter can wear it for a few years before she outgrows it. She is all action these days so I really didn't get a good shot of her wearing it.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Whew! This was exciting. I honestly had a blast and stayed up late a few nights and worked during my daughter's naps and here it is - a complete outfit. You have cord pants with elastic waist and ruffle trim. Cord patchwork top with three ruffles and a lined bodice. The straps are grosgrain ribbon and feature faux vintage buttons - there are actually simple buttons on the back side of the ribbon (opposite the faux buttons) that attach through button holes in the corduroy of the bodice. My husband will have a terrible time figuring out how to put this on :) The third piece in the set in an embellished long sleeve tee. I bought the tee at Kohls because I liked the color and the ringer neckline. I had to cover up the frolicking kittens with a two layer applique adorned with rhinestones and two Swarovski crystals.
So (deep breath) what do you think!?!?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here are some pictures of a fall dress I made for my daughter. By the way, all the items for her so far are a size 2T. Anyway... this dress has a navy corduroy body with an accent cotton print fabric. I did some hand beading on the pocket and sewed on some leaf button (pocket and at the shoulders). It is a nice clean a-line shape with a slight ruffle on the bottom. The bodice is lined, which didn't turn out as difficult as I thought once I figured out the right directions to get the fabric positioned before sewing. It certainly gives a finished look to the top of the garment.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I'm on my second pair of corduroy pants. The first ones (see previous post) were pretty good for a beginner, but I'm planning to do better with these. First of all, I left plenty of material in the butt area to make sure the fit covers the diaper. I'm going to try them on with everything but the waist finished and see where exactly to put in the waist. They look pretty funny right now, since the material looks like it would reach up to my daughter's armpits if I finished the hem now, but I wanted to be safe rather than sorry.
I have found strange delight in ruffles. I never thought I'd put my kid in clothes with ruffles, but some seem to have snuck their way into her wardrobe. A dear friend gave us a beautiful swing set from Tralala that has ruffles on the bottoms of the legs and I think they look so jaunty on my little one. I laugh to myself because she kind of looks like a little Clydesdale horse trotting around the house when she wears them. So I have jumped on the ruffle cart.
These fine wale beige cords are trimmed out with one of my fav's - leopard print. Only this time the print is done up in style with some mod flowers. To accent the turquoise in the print I threw a turquoise grosgrain ribbon on one side of one leg. I think it gives the pants a punch of Euro hipness that most of the other custom stuff (aka 'I sewed a strip of fabric to the bottom of some leggings I bought at Old Navy so that means I make custom boutique outfits') out there doesn't have. And for more Euro hipness, I plan to dress up the total outfit even more with some hand beading and maybe even some sassy stitching. And ruching...there may be ruching. As always, stay tuned.
So here's a picture of some Halloween / Pumpkin Patch themed pants. Once I get the top finished and some matching hairbows made, I'll post a pic of the finished outfit.