Friday, November 22, 2013

"New" Chair and Ottoman

Here's a fun before and after of a chair and ottoman that I just finished.

A little back story. A friend of mine happened to overhear a lady in a craft store asking a clerk if she knew anyone who did re-upholstery, the clerk didn't, but my friend gave her my number and after looking at some of my other projects, she hired me.

So, here is a before photo of the chair. I had already removed the cushion.


And the chair, stripped.


The ottoman, stripped. It seems I forgot to take a before photo of the ottoman, whoops!


The chair, reupholstered. Isn't this fabric fun?


The ottoman.


The set together.



This was a fun project to do after all the craziness of Halloween. I have some other projects in the works right now that I will be sharing soon.



Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Costume Round Up 2013

Hooo boy! 

It was a big Halloween season for me this year! Thanks to everyone (new or returning) who chose me to make costumes for your kids. I can't begin to tell you how very much your support means to me. So, thank you.

And now, in no particular order, the costumes---




Mickey Mouse


Smurfette




Jake (and the Neverland Pirates)




Queen of Hearts 




Snow White 


Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia




Fire Mario



Indian Fox Brown Bat


Lacey, the Dancing Princess



Diamondback Rattlesnake


Brittany, Alvin and Theodore Chipmunks


**not pictured Big Eared Puppy Dogs, Black Kittens**

If I didn't get to give your individual costumes their own blog post, it is simply because I ran out of time. Each and every one of your costumes was really fun to make and the delight they bring to your children fills my heart.

I wish you all a safe, fun and very--



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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Zombie Cheerleader Costume

Sometimes all you need is a piece of a costume to spark an idea. This was the case with this costume.

My friend Dawn and her daughter Catherine were in a thrift store when they came across this little gem of a skirt.


It so happened that Catherine wanted to be a Zombie Cheerleader for Halloween, so this find was perfect! Then, they asked me to make her a top to go with it. They gave me a pretty free hand with just one request--that the logo be the mascot of Cienega High School (one of our local schools).

I made a sleeveless v-necked top out of some dark grey knit using Catherine's measurements. Then, I took a piece of stretch silver satin and painted the Bobcat mascot on in white, mostly using a stencil and freehanding where I needed to.


Next, I sewed the satin piece to the front of the shirt and added some shredded grey gauze around the edges. The nice thing about making a zombie costume is that very little has to be finished, after all they did just climb out of a grave somewhere, right??

As a final touch I made some zombie pom poms. I ripped up strips of gauze, lace, some grey ribbon, silver lame, really anything I had leftover from the other parts of the costume. I made 2 piles of the strips, tied them in the middle, and made loops for the handles. All put together the costume looks like this---



For some added Halloween fun, Dawn had Catherine's pictures taken fully made up by an amazing local photographer, Heather Mann.


She really brings the costume to "life", so to speak. (wink, wink)



Seriously, how amazing is this?? She's going to be super spooky this Halloween!

For more about Heather Mann Photography, (and other adorable Halloween pictures) check out her Facebook page.



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween T-Shirts

In between the costume madness, I found some time to make some new Halloween applique t-shirts for my kids. I should tell you before you go all "jeez--is there anything that crazy woman isn't doing for Halloween??" that my son has been wearing the same Halloween shirt (courtesy of Target) for the last 3 years. Yep, 3 years. I will leave what an 8 year old in a size 5T t-shirt might look like to your imagination.

I was lucky enough to find a plain orange t-shirt for my daughter at Gymboree on the clearance rack and a bright green t-shirt in the clearance section at JoAnn Fabrics last week.

I wanted to do basic black silhouettes on the shirts, super easy and fast to put together. So, my daughter and I looked at some Halloween cat clip art and eventually agreed on one we both liked. For my son's shirt I used a pumpkin carving template that I saw on Pinterest a while back.


I traced the shapes onto Heat Bond, then ironed it onto black fabric.


I used a stretch velvet I had leftover from a costume for the kitty, 


and a plain black knit for the Frankenstien. Then I cut the shapes out, placed them onto the t-shirts and ironed them in place. Last, I stitched around the edges to make them extra secure.


Yeah, I don't know what's up with the head tilt.


Or where his other sock may have gone. But the shirts are cool!!

And this is them before the candy!!  EEEK!!!



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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sofia the First Dress

I love making beautiful fancy princess dresses. (Now you all know my secret--shhhh!) I like the colorful fabric and the sparkly trim, the big poofy sleeves, and special little touches you can add with no fear of it ever being "too much".

To put it simply; these dresses are just plain fun. With that in mind, here's my take on one of the newest Princesses, Sofia the First.

'Sofia the First': Who's Who | Photo 1 of 8 | EW.com
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Starting out with my reasearch photo, I headed to my favorite local fabric store (with my friend Lori) and picked up some purple satin, a few strands of pearls, a nice piece of white eyelet and some ribbon. I also decided to paint the motifs on the skirt (rather than applique) so I picked up some white fabric paint as well. Armed with my supplies, I went home and got to work.

The first thing I did was lay out a long rectanlge of fabric for the skirt. Using the waist measurement of the little girl, I cut out a long piece about 2 and a half times her waist size. This will give a nice, full skirt. Once I had the length and width right, I used a big salad bowl to trace around and cut the bottom of the skirt into a scallop shape. (No photo of this, sorry.) 

Using the bottom edge of the skirt as a guide, I created a freezer paper stencil to paint the motifs on the skirt. I just drew the shapes by hand, kind of making it up as I went.


Once the stencil was cut out, I laid my skirt fabric out on my cutting board, got some foam brushes, a paper plate, and some tumbtacks to help hold it in place and started painting.


I put on 2 light coats of paint, one at a time, with drying time in between.


Until the whole skirt was finished. I left this piece on the table to dry while I worked on the bodice and underskirt.


I used my favorite bodice pattern for the top, making the neckline higher and a simple curve. On the lower front, I added some light purple organza to create a slight contrtast on the top. Then I added a purple and white rope trim along the edge.


I used the same organza on the sleeves, gathered them along the top and bottom, (love those poofy sleeves!!) and added them to the top.


Next, I took the white eyelet fabric, measured and cut it to the same length as the overskirt and added a wide purple ribbon just above the bottom edge. Then I gathered the top and set it aside.


By this time, the overskirt was completely dry. To create the "pearls" along the bottom of the scallops, I sewed white ball fringe along the edge of the skirt.


I added a lining piece to the overskirt to help finish the whole piece off. I sewed some lightweight white lining fabric to the skirt, right sides together, along the bottom edge, making sure that all the ball fringe was facing toward the skirt.


Once that was sewn together, I trimmed away the excess lining fabric and turned the skirt right side out and gave the edges a good press. 

Now, it's time to assemble all the pieces. First, I sewed the 2 skirt pieces together at the top and gathered them together. I also stitched the center back seam about 2/3 of the way up, leaving an opening for the zipper.


Then, I sewed the finished bodice to the skirt, and after a fitting, sewed a zipper in the back. 

Here is the dress finished!


I added a strand of small fake pearls around the waist as a finishing touch.


What do you think?? I think I got it pretty close and the owner of the dress sure agreed!! She makes a beautiful princess, that's for sure!


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