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Monday, January 23, 2012

Doll clothes for my girls

My girls both got a doll from American Girl for Christmas this year.  My Emma got a new full sized girl, and gave her baby to her little sister Victoria.  They both got gift cards too so they could pick something out at the store themselves.  Me, I got a sewing machine.  I just couldn't see letting the girls waste their money (gift cards from their grandmom) on things that I could make.  Here's what I came up with for them.  I used three different patterns by Simplicity that I purchased at Walmart for $1.97 each.  I love how different you can make something cut with the same pattern by using different materials, trims, and patterns.

Here's what I came up with.

Meet Jessica.  She is Emma's new American Girl and is loving living with Emma so far. 

This is the unfinished purple dress.  I had considered stopping right here and pinning a little to make it a shirt.  However, Emma was a little disappointed with the lack of fullness that the white dress had to offer.Therefore, I pressed on.  

This is one of the pattens that I used; I found it at Wal Mart.

Quite full, and rufflie I think.

Emma really wanted to buy the "Special Occasion Dress" from American Girl, but I just couldn't see letting her spend so much money on something that I could make.  It's not exactly the same, but I tried to capture the details for her.  Purple waste line, white bow to one side.. slightly gathered shoulder band.

I added a few inches to the hem of the dress and omitted the ruffle, adding lace for length and girly detail. 

I pleated the collar line of this shirt a little to give a more flattering shape to it.

I cut leaves out of felt, and added a button to add interest to this simple blouse.

Victoria is always excited when I give her something new for her sweet Sarah.

So that's it for now, Victoria would really like more things for Sarah, her baby.
All of the dresses are made using the same pattern, just a little tweeking here and there to get a different look.  The shirts for both dolls are made from the same pattern.  I did not make the shoes, jeans or actual hat.  The headband I made to fit on just Jessica's head, or as a hat band over the hat. 

Here;s the inspiration dress... It's more different than I realized...

I think that I will try to make a dress like this next... I think that it is Sarah's turn.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Garden Party Baby Shower

For the baby showers that I throw I try to make decorations for the shower that could be moved straight to the nursery.  Here are a few pictures of the last shower that I threw, I even borrowed pictures from the mommy to be of her nursery with the baby shower elements incorporated into its decor.

Butterfly mobile made with fabric ruffle, embroidery hoops, fishing line and punched paper butterflies. 

The baby's initials are on the hedgehog water bottle labels

Deviled eggs, just a few dyed pink, for a fun girly touch

Fruit tray arranged to feel flower like, fruit dip tinted yellow to feel like the center of a flower.

Potato bites

Open face cucumber sandwiches

Vase and candle holder used as a cupcake stand

Paper butterflies fluttering around the personalized water bottles.

book mark party favors

Enrty hall ceiling was covered in balloons

hanging butterfly mobile reused

topiary and birdies used again

I forgot to take a picture of the banner at the shower, but here it is reused in the nursery.

A pirate's life for me

Welcome! To Connor's first birthday party! 

We kept it fairly simple, but I was really happy with what we came up with...