Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Dress

For the past few months I've had an image in my head for a special holiday dress for Vera. I wanted a gold triangle print for the bodice, peter pan collar, and exposed gold zipper in the back.

I used Butterick's B5912 toddler dress pattern  (view B with the peter pan collar and puff sleeves). The pattern was fairly easy to follow but I had a lot of trouble with the collar. I've sewn peter pan collars before without any problems, but had to rip out the seams twice on the collar of this dress! I didn't love the size and shape of the collar either, so I made a few adjustments. I would probably draft my own collar next time. On the positive side, the sizing was accurate.

I wasn't able to find a metallic triangle print so I decided to make my own. I used DecoArt SoSoft Metallic Fabric Paint in Glorious Gold and made a stencil out of freezer paper. The nice thing about freezer paper is that one side is coated in wax, so you can iron it on to fabric and it will temporarily stick. It's perfect for stencils and cutting out shapes for appliques.

I used premium bleached muslin for the bodice and a cotton/polyester blend broadcloth for the skirt. The skirt looks somewhat gold in the pictures, but it's actually a warm green color...I believe it's called "Avocado".

And I couldn't resist making a coordinating hair clip. It's mistletoe!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christening Gown

A friend (of a friend) had a baby girl a couple of months ago and asked if I could turn her wedding dress into a christening gown for her daughter. I thought it was such a sweet idea and was glad to help.

I used Burda Kids pattern 9649 . It's a very good pattern with easy to follow instructions and clear illustrations. However, the sizing does run a bit large.

I made a few modifications- a peter pan collar instead of a ruffle and extending the skirt lining to full length. I was able to make the gown entirely out of fabric from her wedding dress. The only thing not original to her wedding dress is the snaps.

I also made a matching bonnet (included in the same pattern).

They plan to use this gown for all of their children so I embroidered her daughter's name on the hem of the skirt lining, that way they can add each child's name as they wear it.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Kelli's Baby Shower

My long-time friend Kelli and her husband are expecting their first baby any day now, and I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for her. A huge thanks to the other hostesses, Megan, Katie, and Adria for all their hard work and creativity!  We went we the nursery theme for the shower - blue and gray with animals.

Cupcakes with animal cracker toppers

Turquoise lemonade!

Each guest got an elephant magnet as a reminder to pray for mom and baby.

Yummy food, and cowboy caviar!

We used a vintage suitcase to hold some of the smaller gifts.

Guests had three minutes to sculpt a baby out of play-doh, and the mom-to-be chose the winner.

The wonderful hostesses with the mom-to-be

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ho Ho Ho!

Vera's first time to meet Santa...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Graphic Design Projects

In addition to the album cover I designed earlier this year, I've had the opportunity to work on a few other graphic design projects.

If you're looking for a church in the Houston area with bible-based teaching, I encourage you to check out New Beginnings.

Logo, Trade Show Banner and Brochure for the Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Which they made into this nifty lapel pin...

And of course stickers, business cards and other items for Minnie Millery

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hello Aunt Edna

The fresh fabric combination of this romper has a retro vibe, just like your great Aunt Edna! Made from 100% cotton, the Aunt Edna Bubble Romper features a ruffled waistline and ruffled leg openings, three-button closure at back and hidden four snap closure at bottom. The bodice is fully lined and all seams are professionally finished to prevent fraying. Also available as a dress!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Evelyn Top

Made from 100% cotton, the Evelyn Top features a Peter Pan collar, exposed zipper closure at back and drop waist with peplum detail. Fabric tab behind zipper protects little one's skin. Bodice is fully lined and all seams are professionally finished to prevent fraying. Available in sizes 18 months - 4T.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Triangle Top

Introducing the Triangle Top! Available in sizes 18 months through 4T.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Geranium Dress for Vera

I recently tried out Made By Rae's adorable and versatile Geranium Dress pattern.

I actually made Vera the Geranium top, but hemmed it about half an inch longer than instructed in the pattern so it hits right above the knee. I also made a slight modification to the flutter sleeves to hide the raw edges. I used the same fabric as the Peachy Keen DressMojave in Opaque by Leah Duncan.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Li'l Cupcake

Vera has a very sweet Halloween costume this year...