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Halloween 2014 – Monarch Butterfly & The Butterfly Catcher!

 This is a little late posting, Peyton wanted to be a Monarch Butterfly for Halloween, so I made a costume that was fancy and still gave that whimsical “butterfly” effect. The pattern I used was actually for a fairy, but I thought it would make a perfect butterfly.  I took an ordinary mask and glued little butterflies on the one side, it gave it that mysterious look.  It turned out beautiful and she loved it, so that’s all that mattered to me 🙂

 The butterfly catcher was pretty simple, I just made the pants and jacket from a pattern I already had, used khaki material and placed various bug appliques all over along with a name tag.  The hat I bought and added the butterflies.  He was the cutest butterfly catcher I ever saw and it was perfect in keeping with the theme of the butterfly 🙂

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“100th School Day” Shirt

In celebration of Peyton’s “100th School Day”….I wanted to make her something that would be special to wear and be proud of.  So she counted out 100 foam hearts and helped me glue them on the front….and Mommy went crazy fancy on the back….stenciled out of scrap material I sewed the 100 on and used fabric paint for the rest of the writing.  It came out beautiful and she was proud to have helped me make it 🙂
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Dress with Tote #2

This is probably by favorite creation yet!  I love how the fabrics mesh with each other, and it gives it that topical, beach look 🙂  The tote is also reversible, so can be worn either way, I think it looks great both ways.  This dress was sized for a 3T (about 22″ long).  I had a lot of fun making these and was really happy with the turnout!

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My Good Sport Dress!

I made this dress for a very special little girl, whose parents are loyal Philadelphia Eagles fans.  Personally, I am a loyal NY Giants fan, so making this was tough 🙂 I thought it would be cute to use a team cotton fabric, contrasted with a grey polka-dot fabric for the contrast band and armholes as well as the straps.  This dress will fit 6-12 months, and was SO easy to make.  I know the parents will love it and she will look so sweet in it!

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Pillowcase Dress #1

For my first go at making this pillowcase dress, I decided to use the fat-quarter pattern I found on The Mother Huddle.  I was able to figure the size based on inches and went from there.  For the neckline, instead of an elastic neckline, I used a bias, that I made myself.

You could purchase bias tape in all sorts of colors to match your fabric, or you could make your own.  Cut 2 strips of bias tape 2″ wide and 13″ long, fold the strips in half lengthwise and press. Open back up and fold both sides in towards the middle, then fold in half. Press with iron.

I loved making this dress, and I look forward to making more!