So confession time: YEARS ago, my sweet sister gave me a copy of "Wild Things: funky little clothes to sew" by Kirsty Hartley, and while everything in it was so cute, I was absurdly nervous about trying a pattern that I couldn't find any reviews for. When my youngest was determined to be Hedwig the owl from Harry Potter for Halloween, I remembered that one of the dresses in Wild Things featured an owl tunic, so I decided to give it a whirl!
So I've been on a sewing hiatus for a few weeks. I just felt like I was getting burnt out, unable to focus my ideas, and needed to catch up on a whole bunch of other things! I thought it would just be a one week hiatus, but next thing I knew, it had become… Continue reading My Monster Tour – Daniel Tiger Dress
When it comes to mending and fixing things, I am a huge procrastinator. I just hate to do it! I'd much rather just make something new than fix (or upcycle) something that I have. I know I'm not alone! So, this dress is kinda like that. I had intended for my daughter to be Snow… Continue reading Snow White Costume (Simplicity 2817)
Will the love for the Boo! Designs Skater Dress* ever cease? (See some of what I've made already here and here.) I had no intentions to actually make a Wonder Woman costume for my daughter, but a few months ago I was in Spandex World in NYC and spied the glitter star spandex. It was calling to… Continue reading Boo! Designs Skater Dress – Wonder Woman
With a number of my friends getting ready to do their first Walt Disney World trips this year, I thought I'd do an almost completely off topic post to share my best tips for a great trip. I'll throw in a couple of sewing projects, just to keep it a little more on topic,… Continue reading Disney World with Kids – My Best Tips!
I am loving the Boo! Designs Skater Dress*! It makes the best play costume dresses! I made each of these dresses – Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel and Aurora for my daughter to wear during our Disney World trip. I loved these because they didn’t need ironing and were compact enough that we could quickly… Continue reading Disney Inspired Boo! Designs Skater Dress
(Originally published on BurdaStyle 12/10/2015) My daughter is obsessed with Rapunzel so I decided I would make the Simplicity Rapunzel dress (2065) for her birthday. A month after her birthday, I finally decided to go back to working on it. Honestly, this dress was a bit of a hot mess. The instructions were quite lacking,… Continue reading Rapunzel Dress (Simplicity 2065)
(Originally published on BurdaStyle on 10/18/2015) My almost 4 year old desperately wanted a princess dress, and since I already had this pattern, decided I would cave in and let her join the throngs of Elsa’s this Halloween. I know it will get very good mileage as she wears a costume almost every day! Even… Continue reading Elsa Costume (Simplicity 1233)
One of my daughter’s favorite book characters is Madeline, so this year I thought I’d make her a Madeline costume for Halloween. It also worked out well, since it is Kid’s Clothes Week and the theme is storybooks! The dress is an Oliver + S Playtime dress in blue cotton knit with red top stitching… Continue reading She’s Madeline!
(Originally posted 10/27/2012) Since my husband’s name means “dragon” in Chinese, I decided that in honor of her daddy, I would dress my baby up as a pink dragon for her first Halloween :). The pattern is McCalls M6185. I found the size runs rather large. I omitted the fusible fleece in the spikes, and… Continue reading Pink Dragon Baby Costume