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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sew crazy for Disney

I have been neglecting the old blog a bit, but mainly because I am a Disney-obsessed nut. We are going VERY soon and I still have quite a few projects in the hopper. I want to share a few of my favorites while my embroidery machine is busy.

Let's start with Butterick 5659. a cute little tote bag. I interfaced this with Timtex, so it is light, but holds its shape quite nicely.  What's inside? Disney reservation information, my PhotopassPlus voucher, my Unofficial Guide book. ;-)

I got the idea for using Timtex here after making this little pool bag for Gracie. It is the perfect size for her beach towel, goggles, small pool toys. It has her favorite character on it, too!

I adapted this from McCall's 6579, a Nancy Zieman pattern. I had this great mesh I picked up at Loving Stitches in Fayetteville. (I already used some of the red on my park bag for the water bottle area.) I used this for the bottom section of view D and only lined the top portion. There are snaps to help the back both close and create the shape. She can work it easily herself.

The straps are made by sewing two sections of fairly stiff Minnie Mouse ribbon together.

She couldn't wait to use today when we went to our local pool!

I have been hitting McCall's 6548 hot and heavy this summer - it has been my go-to pattern for boys' shorts. I made two pairs of these Star Wars comic print shorts. Jamie appreciates the side pocket on these.

Our last day at WDW will end at Daytona Beach, so I thought it would be fun to do up a mermaid/pirate theme for that day. Benjamin will be wearing this sporty pirate outfit made from Ottobre 2/2005 patterns. The shirt has cool details like the contrast fabrics and epaulettes while the shorts can also roll down to be looong shorts.

I just love this light blue pirate print - so cute (there are even little pirate monkeys!).

I haven't left myself out either. I made this Connie Crawford pattern (Butterick 5503). I didn't do all of the colorblocking on this view because I only wanted to use two fabrics. It made up very quick and easy. I see myself revisiting this pattern. The back is all the Minnie Mouse print.

I also have some darling Tinkerbell fabric that made up cute as a nightgown with Butterick 5723. It's really comfy and just ever-so-slightly supportive with the under bust elastic.

Who says the kids get all the characters? These just make me smile!

Last week, my daughter and I saw the Katy Perry movie - we both really enjoyed it. I loved all the whimsical costumes Katy and her backup dancers wore during the concerts. At one point, though, I realized that the fabric used in one of the outfits was the same Michael Miller fabric I had picked up recently and it was just blinged up a bit!

Here's the inspiration piece (the dress on the far left):
Here is what I made for Gracie:

I made it without a pattern by using a knit bodice that I adapted (which then became the lining on the final dress). I used the curves on my cutting board to draft the skirt as well as an organza crinoline trimmed with ribbon.

There is also ribbon trim on the ice cream fabric as well as everyone's favorite - Minnie Mouse, riding a carousel horse. The blue striped fabric is Patsy Aiken knit. I love that I could mimic the color, pattern, and design of the original pretty closely.

Here is a round-up of the boys' new shirts for our trip. You can guess which one is essentially and homage to the colors of Goofy!
He's GOOFY and he knows it!

I also have done a number of shirts that started off as blanks from Old Navy, Target, or AC Moore. Here are some of them:

I also have a Haunted Mansion themed shirt done but not photographed and a really cute Mickey as a pirate in the hoop as I blog. Plus, there are several cut items ready to hit the sewing machine.One of them is a Grace dress (from along with 8 appliques stitched out and ready to assemble. That one is for a very special event - Mommy & Gracie having dinner with the Disney princesses! (The boys will be off at Disney Quest for a second visit there, so they will be well-covered!)

You might think I am nuts, but for me, half the fun of planning a Disney vacation is in the details before we go. I made some special outfits before I took the kids to California three years ago (which included 2 1/2 days at Disneyland), but this trip is special. It will be our first time at Disney as a family of six - no strollers, just mom, dad, and four excited kids between 5 and 11. It just doesn't get any better!



  1. I am a Disney "nut" too and I love the things you have made for your trip. I agree half the fun of the trip is in the planning. We spent our honeymoon in Disney a few months after they opened and have been visiting regularly ever since. I have been many times with my four kids and now am making trips with the Grands! I love it. I hope you have a wonderful time.

  2. i love all your Disney embroideries :) im just starting to get my collection together. I saw on disboards a shirt you did for your hubby was the word Disney with each letter as a character...please where did you find that emb? I have been searching for hours and cant find it. Cant wait to hear how your trip went, were going to stay at AoA too :)