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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Awesome accessories for dolls and little girls

Kwik Sew 3909 - dolly sleeping bag and carrier

I skipped the girl sized sleeping bag since she just got a big fluffy one from Justice. Here's her American Girl doll taking it for a test drive before we dressed her up for the cheer competition.

Gracie's gym competed at All-Star Challenge "Clash of the Titans" in Raleigh, NC this weekend. Her team placed 3rd in their division - not bad at all for a National competition!

Of course, we get plenty of doll stunting with Gracie's team while they wait to go warm-up.

 They also had a shopping area with t-shirts and such (I caved - one shirt for me and two shirts and a hoodie for her) and big cheer bows. I did not cave on the bows! I used that as motivation to figure out how to cut heat transfer vinyl better.

 Grandma came along on the second day of competition!
 My girl and her teammates rocked the mat!
 Of course, there was more doll stunting while we killed time before awards Sunday.

 Since the competition, we got in one more practice (getting ready for The ONE National Championship next month), but got slapped with a snow day today (and a big whopping storm coming at us tomorrow night). It has been time to finish up the second project from the pattern.
 This carrier wasn't too bad to make since I used Peltex but cut the interfacing to not cover the seam allowances. (I finally got smart about this miserable stuff!)

Gracie likes the secret pocket in the carrier. She also likes that she can carry it like a papoose on her back!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ready for Hillary

Gracie is doing a presentation on Hillary Clinton for 2nd grade social studies, and one of the things the kids could do for a visual is dress up. Of course, I had to style her in a Hillary-worthy pantsuit.

I used some leftover boucle from a jacket I made a few years ago and lined it with ivory Ambience. The pattern is New Look 6506.

We added a plain long sleeve t-shirt, black pants, and her dressy black flats. Of course, we accessorized with a statement necklace, a flag pin, and a headband.

She did a really neat Prezi (with just a little technical help, but she had it figured out by the end!) and is all ready to present her project once the snow/ice days are over.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Flippin Cute

Ta-da! Here's a group of cuties from Dancexpress in Staten Island, NY wearing Flippin' Cute! They look ready to win their competition.

Here's my cutie (wearing Flippin' Cute along with her Justice #sparkle sweatpants) working her round-off back handsprings with one of the big girls that she really admires from the gym. She was really proud of herself!

I'm glad she got to tumble yesterday, because today North Carolina is a sheet of ice!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cheer biz...

 Since we did the Frozen cheer outfit in the fall, the idea of other Disney-inspired cheer/dance items has been on the burner. For this outfit, I did a mash-up of Jalie patterns - 3023 for the top (shortened), Jalie 3023 for the skirt, mixed with Jalie 3247 for the attached shorts.

The seashells are appliqued with a layer of spandex spacer foam under the metallic spandex. It gives it a neat, 3-D effect - a little clam shell texture.
 I like the way the top binding and straps are all on application - came out very professional-looking. They are also set it far enough to not slip when tumbling.
 The skirt's mermaid scale texture fabric is actually a soft spandex with a little bit of body to it.
Gracie is totally ready to tumble and stunt in this outfit! I am also offering this for sale in my Etsy shop (Flippin Cute - linked at the top right of my page).

This wasn't the only outfit I made her this week. I also messed with another pair of Jalie 3247 shorts and shortened the Jalie 3136 leotard to a cap-sleeve crop top.

 Lookin' Fierce - I used my Silhouette electronic cutter to cut the heat-transfer material for the lettering as well as the figure on the shorts.
 In action - working on her jumps
 Practicing an arabesque

I can't believe I was able to take these outside in early February - gotta love North Carolina!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sewing around the house

Most of my new year's sewing will not leave my house, but that's okay! I've been all over organizing and just finished a new nightgown from a pattern that just might become a TNT pattern. (Simplicity 1260)

Simplicity 1214 has some great options for organizing. I made four versions of view G - one for each of my kids, plus I did the baskets from view F for my daughter.
 Jamie's cat version hangs from the upper bunk (and hides some of the boy-related marks on the wall).

He was very pleased.

 My high schooler is cool with Disney prints when it's like this. Unfortunately, his does not hide all the sin on the wall. (How the heck do they do that???)

 Benjamin is the only one whose bed works with the pattern's original way of using it. I added ties underneath to attach it to the bed frame.

Here's a close-up of my favorite applique - Afro circus Marty from Madagascar 3.

I didn't make this, but I just had to share - how hilarious is the J'animal PJ-costume giraffe?
 Here's Gracie's version - finished first. I added the ties and loops in order to hang it from her bed frame (much like I did the Cars one).

She is all about Frozen!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas gift sewing

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Here are my four kids doing "reindeer antlers" with their stockings (made in 2010) before the present-opening began.

They are getting bigger and wanting more things that require charging cables or trips to stores which sell name-brand items they covet, and yes, I do indulge. I know nothing makes a teen feel more individual than wearing the same brand all of his peers Don't even get me started on Justice, but at least Gracie still loves mama-made items, too. She really liked the Frozen costumes for her American Girl dolls.

I used Simplicity S0747 to sew all four Frozen costumes. Honestly, this pattern was kind of a beast to sew. (See my Pattern Review for the gory details.) So many different fabrics, so many trims, so many details...but so darn cute!

I used fabric left from her Halloween costume to make Elsa's blue dress, but substituted white mesh for the sleeves and yoke because the pattern needed a stretch knit the costume did not.

Anna's blue outfit was pretty complicated, but doing the nordic pattern on the vest and skirt with fabric paint was a little less annoying than trying to heat-n-bond the appliques. I added a pair of black felt boots from McCall's 6480 which I embellished with gold fabric paint.

Of course, I had to make the coronation outfits as well, and they were just as much of a pain to create, but also adorable when complete. I added a hair accessory for Anna of my own design.

Since I was making these, I had to get her a big cuddly Olaf to go with the dolls' outfits, too.

The other outfit I made for Gracie's dolls was a version of Gracie's cheer uniform. There was a super-expensive official uniform replica I could have bought, but that was insane (money-wise). I bought her a beautiful blinged-out warm-up jacket...not happening for a doll. Still, this was also a hit and will probably come with her to competitions so she can stunt with her doll like some of the other little girls on her team do when it's down time.

Here's some gratuitous cute pictures of my doll baby doing her thing! The stunt picture was from UCA Smoky Mountain Christmas championship in Seiverville, TN, and the other pic of her on the mat was from Champion Cup Nationals Holiday Cheers to You in Raleigh, NC. We've been busy!
 I used Butterick 3329 as the base pattern for this outfit and traced the skating costume (view H) onto tissue paper. I skipped the collar and cropped the outfit into the top and spankies under the skirt. The skirt is a simple A-line I drafted to fit with the spankies and pull on as one unit (which is how the real thing works for all-star cheer). I sewed together the pieces of the top and then embellished it while flat and cropped the neckline to match the asymmetrical design of the real uniform. I even added heat-set rhinestones (because I wanted to try it and now know what a pain in the butt those things are). I made a doll-sized cheer bow because they are THE accessory for cheerleaders, and I purchased a little pair of all-white doll sneakers (luckily $6 with free shipping from Amazon Prime). I honestly can't wait to get some pictures of her with it when she is dressed for her next competition.

 This is a My American Girl doll that matches Gracie pretty closely - if she had brown eyes, she'd really be a doppelganger. Gracie named her Little Gracie. Her nine year old brother calls her Chucky because he finds her creepy. This doll can get big cheer hair with no hair spray...wish it was that easy for the real Gracie.
For my mom, I purchased 3.5 yards of this beautiful fabric when we were out shopping and she admired it. She didn't know she'd find it wrapped and ready for her to pick a pattern for it as a Christmas present. She wants a short sleeve spring dress - we will work on this one in a month or two.
 So, here's my newest crafting obsession - my new Silhouette Cameo 2 die-cutter. It is a super-sweet! I can't wait to try heat-transfer vinyl as well as lots of scrapbooking applications and adhesive vinyl.

I did my first adhesive vinyl project tonight and embellished this navy chevron plastic basket (purchased at Lowe's Home Improvement). This thing is going to be so much fun!

I'm not sure what my next big sewing project will be, but stay tuned!