Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ahoy! (#11)

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A sailor girl outfit is completed and came out just as I envisioned. I looked at tons of images of baby/toddler outfits online trying to get the perfect look I was envisioning for a pageant sportswear outfit.  It had to be a dressy-casual shorts , capris, or pants sportswear attire.  

With an 18 month size tee-shirt on hand, a bloomer pattern on hand that I use to make diaper covers, and body measurements from the little one, I began my mission with hope and a prayer that it would end up just right. 

1) body measurements, tee-shirt, bloomer pattern
2) newspaper to make my own pattern
3) blue silky fabric remnant from my stash  (I used every inch of the remnant, it was getting scary there for a moment that I might not have enough at the end.)
4) narrow white ribbon, blue ribbon, white buttons, matching thread. (Elastic and Velcro dots I already had.)

The shorts
Made from combination of body measurements and my bloomer pattern.

Front waist band turned under and stitched for a flat look. 
Back waist band has elastic. 

Leg hem line with white ribbon sewn 3/4 inch from bottom edge. All white ribbon sewn same 3/4 inch from edge. 

White little ribbon bow on each side of outside leg. 

The jacket
Made with combination of body measurements and tee-shirt pattern. 

Jacket is lined. Which is easier than you may think. Don't let it bombard you!

Draw the square sailor collar around the jacket neck edge front and back on the newspaper. Adding in seam allowance. Rather cumbersome to do, but you can figure it out as you go. Cut two, collar is lined also. 

Ewwww-- arm holes and sleeves were the worst part for me. Probably cause I had no pattern. I drew the shape on paper (from the actual jacket arm hole) many times until I got it to fit the arm hole correctly. 

The white ribbon sewn around collar, jacket end, and sleeves end. All 3/4 inch from edge. 

A little white Dickie made for the front neck line and inserted and attached with round Velcro dots. Buttons sewn on jacket. No button holes. Round Velcro dots work just fine. No snaps needed. 

Knee highs with attached little blue bows on each outside of the knee high completes the outfit. With a white hair bow and Keds white shoes to complete the look. 

I probably couldn't make this again if I tried. I'm kinda kind that. One of a kind and I'm done. 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Snow White Project #10

A white on white pageant face dress has just been completed. It's made like the blue and white little dress (a few posts down) I made that she placed Official Winner at the local preliminary LA Our Little Miss, except its white on white on white. 

A two layer white sheer organza full skirt with a white satiny top layer skirt all filled with curls and curls of the fish line hem. 

I always make the skirt first. I like the end result of all the curls with the fish line hem. 

The top empire bodice is white on white on white, too.  The satiny white topped with a row of organza trim with white sparkles. 

It all comes together nicely with a sheer organza bow at front side bodice line and a sheer organza bow at middle back bodice line. 

A little minor shape to the hem line by forming the curls in unison and spray with hair spray to hold the curls (haha). Seriously, that's what you do. then hang upside down to create the shapely skirt. 

Ready to be worn in the next few weeks at the LA Our Little Miss State competition. We will see how we do and if she wins its on to Our Little Miss Nationals.  


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Groovy 70's

Miss Heart of the USA is a local, state, and national level scholarship pageant that we participated in at the local level last weekend. It's primary focus is for food drives for communities for the participants to give back to their community. 

You can read about this great organization at

Of course with Brooklyn being only 1 and 1/2 years old, we made it a family affair recruiting sisters and aunts and uncles in collecting. Although We didnt collect the most foods to win that Category, we did collect our fair share. 

The theme this year is the 70's and outfit was to dress in 70's theme wear. I didn't make This outfit. I kinda went creatively blank on this one.  So it was ordered from a fb page pageant designer/
seamstress online at "Sweeter Than Candy Pageant Wear".

And here she is.  Can you say so cute?

Just adorable. Some one said a Jane Fonda look. What about those boots!
Made from sparkly stretchy fabric that is worn over the shoes. 

And she did great on stage too (with her preggo mommy). Her scores were all 10's and 9's in a group of 10 in her division. 

A little winner with 1st runner up, best fashion, and prettiest eyes. 

And of course we don't always win or always place.  But it's always an experience and always fun. 


Egg-cellent Easter

Knowing Easter isn't just about eggs, chocolate bunnies, and food, even tho that's what we actually did, we did reflect on our Risen Savior and was thankful He arose and the tomb was empty, and HE lives. He lives in us.

Our Saturday was our family Easter Day.

With the b-b-q on the back patio. 

With the little ones hunting eggs one time and one time only. They picked them all up once, then I had to pick them all up the other times because seems like once was enough for them. 

It was fun while it lasted.

There were cracked plastic eggs everywhere. You would think we had real boiled dyed Easter eggs. 

Most of the time was spent climbing and sliding. 

And sitting atop the "wonder mountain" counting our eggs. 

We had bunny baskets to share with toys and clothes and toddler friendly candy/food treats. The parents requested no choco bunnies or real Easter candy. So I included animal crackers, Motts fruit gummies, gold fish and take and go juice drinks. 

Fun fun fun!