Hold the phones.......I think this little girl is oozing too much cuteness!
I'm showcasing this little outfit today as a teaser for my post on Project Run and Play next month! I'll have the full tutorial of how to put this look together for your little girl!
I just love vintage inspired outfits and I uploaded these pictures to the Vintage May Flickr group!
Vintage May is an awesome blog series hosted by Jessica of Craftiness is Not Optional and Kristin of Skirt as Top! This was the first series I religiously followed and even uploaded to a Flickr group! (see my post here) - I am amazed at how far I've come in my blogging and photography! Here's to new growth!
And as an extra bonus, here are some pictures we took at our local retro cafe - Marcy Jo's! The country music duo Joey and Rory perform here and it's their family that owns the restaurant and land! (If you go, you have to get a homemade cinnamon bun!)
I am very excited to announce my first series!!! Have you noticed how popular girl rompers are right now for the summer? Even in the real fashion world it seems like rompers are all the rage! (I have an obsession with watching Fashion Star!)
Our Romper Week is not just for girls - adorable boy rompers like the iconic "Jon-Jon" are a must for little kids to keep cool in the summer heat!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! If you've followed the other Zig Zag Dresses you'll notice I took liberty with the sleeves in my version:
I wanted to make sure I had Kate's permission to change since I committed to being in the blog tour.....I didn't want to go all rogue on her awesome hard work!!! lol! I had the original sleeve length cut out and ready to go but there would be some directional issues with this print!
I do love the way the dots have kind of an ombre effect - and I absolutely love this color on my little girl! The fabric is Jennifer Paganelli and it's called "Bell Bottoms" You can see all the other variations of the Zig Zag dress by clicking the blog links below! I'm so honored to have been part of a great pattern tour!!
The features that I love about this dress is how easy it is to put together and the perfect pleating placement in the skirt! I also learned a new sewing technique - Kate explains what "scoring" is when trimming your seams....I've never done that before! Thank you for teaching me something new! :)
I do plan to make some more dresses with this pattern! I didn't use any piping on the bottom of the bodice but now I wish that I had used some red piping! I think it would have been the perfect pop of color!
And although I always love flutter sleeves, I think the original pattern with the elastic 3/4 length sleeve will be perfect for a dress this fall!
At the end of our photoshoot this is what the dress looked like:
We had so much fun at Mimi and Pop Pops but I think Eva Mae is trying to tell me that she's ready to get cleaned up!
Thank you again, Kate, for having me participate in your awesome blog tour! I've loved seeing all the adorable Zig Zag Dresses!
I loved making the pillows for our bedroom and the little 8x8 burlap square pillows are so cute! I would love to make a set for you in this giveaway! And if you would like to make a large pillow cover to match your new burlap pillows you can follow my tutorial here!
You can win these two pillows (only with your initials!) by entering the Rafflecopter below! Rafflecopter will give me the winner on May 11th!!! Good luck! I hope you win!
So the winners were announced earlier this week and I am so tickled to have placed 3rd (not bad for my first sewing competition!!!)
Here is a line up of my entries each week!
I can't wait to go shopping online with my winnings!!!
I also have a busy summer lining up for the blog! Guest posting at House of Estrella, Project Run & Play, testing patterns for some very talented ladies AND putting things together for my very first craft show/festival in the fall!!!
I'm working on an adorable 4th of July romper right now and can't wait to share it! Make sure you stop by on the 8th to see the adorable Zig Zag Dress! You can check out some great versions of the dress on the pattern tour!
I really never imagined that I would make it to the final round in my first sewing competition. It is really humbling to even be picked to participate! I know my blog is pretty small compared to some of you out there - I'm just so honored to have been able to make it this far!
Thank you so much for your comments - I love it when you link back to your blog so I can see what you've created and "meet" other crafty mamas!
This week is "Contestant Choice" and it's a no brainer for me - Kids Clothes!!!!
It also happens to be the week of Kids Clothes Week Challenge and I would love to complete a wardrobe like a lot of ladies are doing but I have no desire to burn the midnight oil in order to complete a to-do list! haha! So, I'm going to officially consider my final Sew Off look to also be my KCWC look!!!
This is another one of those outfits that when inspiration hit, there was no stopping me!!! I bought a pair of sandals at Target that had pink strawberries on them and I thought a romper to match would be so cute!
And then the more I thought about it, I wanted to try making a pair of cute handmade sandals and preferred red strawberries! I sketched two looks for the romper - either a traditional bib romper with an applique strawberry or make the bib of the romper in the SHAPE of a strawberry!!! Hubby agreed that the 2nd option was more unique so that's how we came up with the final product!!!
The romper is 2 pieces - I made the top by drawing my own strawberry shape - it's fully lined and topstitched with double sided topstitched leaves that were hand sewn to the strawberry.
I made the leaves so the front of the leaf is the right side of the fabric and the back is the wrong side - it provides a nice contrast if you're looking closely!
I attached the straps to the top of the strawberry so they tie at the neck and I painstakingly hand tied french knot "seeds" all over the front!!! (I know how long it took by how many TV shows I "watched" while working! Want to guess?)
I put cloud cover on the back of the strawberry so the little knot ends don't bother Eva Mae's little tummy!
On to the bottom! I just did a basic bloomer/short self drafted pattern but spiffed it up with some piping and contrast at the bottom leg!
I ran a casing of elastic at the leg to give it a little ruffle/bubble look and attached the strawberry by hand to the middle of the shorts front.
I drafted my own little baby sandal and I know there are better patterns/tutorials out there so I won't even try to make a tutorial! haha! It's basically a shoe print shape cut out with elastic and ribbon sandwiched in and sewn with right sides together and then turned out and topstitched. The cuteness factor comes from the felt embroidery design from Just Peachy Applique! I had to put two on a clip for her hair as well!
I commented to some friends that I know this verges on the side of "costumey" rather than "fashion" but I am all about amping up the cuteness factor while my baby girl is little!!! ;-)
If you are a local friend/family visiting my blog let's plan a trip to the strawberry patch together and you can get some squishy piggy fat loves from Eva Mae in her Strawberry Sweetness outfit!
Thank you again for voting me into the final round of the Sew Off!!! We need to give a standing ovation to Amy Hindemann for organizing/planning the contest in the middle of trying to get ready to move out of state! You are truly a superwoman, Amy! :)
Now go vote and give Amy some comment love on the Naptime Crafter site!