Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bells and shrooms

Last night I made both margaritas AND bellbottoms for the first time!  Don't worry -- the margaritas didn't hinder the sewing (except that I just almost sewed a size 5 pant leg to a size 3, but I stopped myself).

I was going to make a skirt to go with this funky little t-shirt, but Mimi told me she wanted a shirt just like it in her size with p-a-n-t-s.

PANTS.  I cannot believe my daughter wants to wear pants.

Anywho, so bellbottoms won.  Yippee!

And here's the booty of these cute little things.

A close-up of the shirt.

The edges of the design will fray just a tad after being washed to make it look even cooler, but don't worry.  It shouldn't completely fray to pieces (lay it flat to dry in case you're super nervous).

This mushroom shirt and denim bellbottoms outfits is for sale and is a size 3.  The inseam is 13.75" so measure your little one if you are unsure.  You absolutely do NOT want to buy them too short.  A little too long is fine since you can always roll the waist band or wear thick-soled clogs, but wide-legged pants too short is just a fashion disaster.  I have lots of pics below of Mimi in her size 5 pants.  They are just a tad too big on her because she's on the petite side, but I rolled the waist and she hasn't taken them off.

If you're interested, e-mail me at  The shirt and pants is $42  ON SALE FOR $30 plus $4 shipping if not in Chicagoland.

We haven't made Mimi's shirt yet because she has decided she wants mushrooms AND a fox.  Maybe the fox can be eating the mushrooms.  Or maybe sleeping on them like pillows and a bed.  Geez, Meemers.

Also, she told me that this is the most stylish photo she's ever posed for and that I need to make sure I put it on my post.

He he he.

See the nice blur in the bottom right of the photos?  Someone's little sticky fingers left marks all over my lens.  I've narrowed my guilty person down to two little people I know.

By the way, her pockets are brown at her request but the size 3 for sale has fun green pockets.

I used the Lola Bells pattern that you can find here.  Also, several of you have asked me to find specific "patterns" for shirt appliqué.  My four useless years of art classes in college left me with the ability to draw these myself.  Crazy talented, right?  Seriously, anybody could do these, so if you're dying for me to make a fun shirt I'm always open to suggestions:).

Friday, November 8, 2013

Peasant Heaven

Just in time for Thanksgiving . . . 

This is the same as the precious elephant dress but in a size 3.  Only this time it has some matching denim ruffles!  I looooove some ruffles.  Don't worry if they aren't for you -- you can just buy the dress.  But you do get first dibs on these pants if you want them :).

So here's the dress by itself.  This can be worn as a tunic when it gets a little too short.

The dress hits just above the knee on most little ones, but it's still precious a little long or a little short.  The sleeves are a couple of inches from the wrist, so your little one won't get sweet potatoes all over them.

 The ruffle pants have a comfy elastic waist -- Mimi always gets 2 years out of hers.  They are made of a heavier weight denim that is perfect for temps below 65.  

Love, love, love a pocket for all the things that your little one just has to take with her.  Rocks and pennies and such.

Pretty ruffled neck.

The top and bottoms are both a size 3, but honestly I would put it on Mimi from sizes 2-4 it's so versatile.

The dress is $38 plus shipping if you can't make it for a playdate with me.

The pants are $30 and if the owner of this dress decides to not buy them I will let someone take a chance at them.  I might even be able to make a fun embroidered t-shirt to match.  Rudolph anyone?

If you're interested, e-mail me at  Ready, set, GO!

Both patterns are from the wonderful Amy at Brownie Goose.  You can find all of her patterns here if you want to take a stab at making this yourself.  I have completely WORN OUT her patterns this fall.  I have many other ideas up my sleeve, but I want to use her designs first because they fit perfectly with my fall fabrics.  Most importantly, Mimi has some of these dresses that Amy made when she was still in business, and she is STILL wearing them as shirts three years later.  $12 a year for a dress is right up my cheap alley!