Sunday, October 27, 2019

Toddler Halloween Skirts

Walking up the garden path,
I spy a yummy sweet,
Halloween is here again,
Knock, knock - trick or treat?

Two years ago I made a couple of little bitty identical skirts for two little sweeties.  Rosalie was 1.5 years old and Avery was just over two.  The fabric was some I had left from other projects in my stash (probably from JoAnn).  Perfect with the orange lace for these two cuties!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Fruit Slice Skirts

Back in 2012 Kristin at Skirt As Top posted a tutorial on how to make the most adorable little fruit stripe skirts.  I just loved the idea and tucked it away on my Pinterest Board.  You can find her tutorial HERE.  Last year I finally got around to making two of them for my friend Rachel's little girls.  I also made Harper and Rory pretty peasant blouses to wear with them.  Fun!

I made Harper an Orange Slice skirt.

Rory received the Lemon Slice Skirt.

The peasant blouses that I made were similar with the same fabric but with different trimming on the sleeves.  I used Simplicity #4206 for the blouse with added width and length to the sleeves to make them puffier.

I know that I will be making more of these little skirts in the future.  Perhaps a watermelon or a lime? 

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Smocked Bonnet for Vivian

"Booties and bonnets, ribbons, and lace
Little stuffed toys all over the place!"

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Sherri, had her first grandchild this year.  What a blessing sweet Vivian is to her family!  She is the child of Sherri's younger son.  Sherri and I met while in college and have been friends ever since.  She had her first son while still in her twenties and I didn't have any children until my forties!  However, she had been waiting quite a while to be a grandmother and spoiled my children silly!

This smocked bonnet was one of the shower gifts I sent to Texas.  Vivian has modern parents but I thought that they might enjoy a little bit of vintage charm.  

Smocking Plate:  'Strawberries & Flowers' by Ellen McCarn.

Adjustable drawstring crown to grow with baby!

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Zooey's VFT 'Cosette' Dress

Zooey's Third Birthday Dress

CHILDREN want the same things we want,
Dr. Suess

I do think Zooey was delighted!

Zooey is the charming youngest granddaughter of my dear friend Karen.  Karen is the data prep specialist at my school and we have been friends for at least 20 years!  I made the Christening Ensemble for her grandchildren when her oldest grandson was born and many other outfits for the girls since then.   (I can't believe that I never blogged about the Christening Ensemble!  I will have to do that soon!) I made many things for her oldest granddaughter Emma who was in my kindergarten class.  (See HERE and HERE and HERE for a couple of examples.)

Zooey loves the Disney movie 'Tolls' and her mama choose to 'entertain and delight' her with a Trolls themed birthday party.  She wanted a special Trolls dress for Zooey to wear but was dismayed by the cost of bespoke clothing on Etsy.  The two Karen's to the rescue!  Grandmother Karen purchased the Trolls fabric and I made the dress as my gift.  Everyone was happy!

Patterns:  Dress:  VFT (Violette Field Threads) 'Cosette'
 and AS&E # 53 for the bloomers.
Fabric:  Licensed Disney Trolls Fabric, raspberry pin dot from JoAnn,
 white satin batiste for the bodice panel
 and white Kona cotton for the skirt lining.

I lined the skirt of the dress to give the skirt more fullness and twirl factor.

All toddlers need bloomers with their dresses!

Back view of dress.  Love the flutters and the adjustable tie!

Isn't Zooey adorable?!

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