Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Butterfly and a Bee

These butterfly wings were made using Martha Stewart"s tutorial found here.  Since it seemed like the original pattern was too big for my 4 year old, I shrunk it by a couple of inches, which also meant that I had to redraw the inside design to fit the smaller wings.  Once the pattern pieces were all cut out though, it was a pretty quick sew.  I used wool felt and one inch foam.

And here's our cute little bee. The Oliver & S Bubble Dress pattern was pretty much perfect for this costume.  I cut up the skirt portion into black and yellow stripes but was too lazy to add seam allowances, so the dress ended up a little short on her.  Both the tights and wings were bought at JoAnn's on super clearance.  The antenna headbands I made myself out of pipe cleaners and yellow pompoms.
Happy Halloween to all the other little insects out there!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall KCWC: Days 2 & 3: Butterfly Tweed Sunday Brunch Jacket

I've made this jacket before, back in the spring.  S soon grew out of it; the sleeves are now almost elbow length.  So this time around, I made a size 5.  It's now available as a digital pattern on the oliver & s website. 
It's a little big on her, but I expect she will grow into it soon.  One end of the selvage on this wool tweed has embroidery and butterflies, I used that end for the bottom of the jacket.  I think it softens this rather grown-up gray. 

The whole outfit together reminds me a bit of a Maoist uniform.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall KCWC 2012!!!! Day 1: Sunday Brunch Skirt

The first day of KCWC went pretty well.  This skirt was constructed in a little bit under two hours and was a breeze to make.  The pattern is the Oliver & S Sunday Brunch.  I made this skirt in size 4, and although it fits pretty well now, I can tell that she will outgrow it soon.

I love the pockets and the slight a-line.  And what about the little kick pleat in the back? 

   The fabric is a wool tweed that I've had in my stash for years now.  Next up on my list is a matching jacket.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Princess Birthday Tea Party Dress

Yeah, that's S wearing a poufy, pink princess gown.  One of her best friends had a princess themed tea party and this is what I came up with.  You can't really tell from this picture, but it's pretty sparkly too.  I used the cinderella simplicity pattern to make the bodice and for the skirt, I followed this tutorial from girl. inspired.  But then I went over the top and added a sparkly trim to the neckline and little pearl flowers for the skirt.  The fabrics I used were stretch panne velvet, glitter tulle, and costume satin.

I made an identical dress for the birhday girl too.  A tiara and big princess hair added to the look.