01 Aug 2011
in Dresses, Handmade Gift, Sewing
Tags: bow, custom, dress, dress that ties, gifts for girls, girl, Handmade Gift, sewing, toddler, tutorial
I just absolutely love this dress. I’ll apologize right now for all the pictures in this post…
It doesn’t help that my model is so stinkin cute!
When I first started looking for dress patterns I didn’t really care for this one at all, but I saw someone wearing something similar and decided to try it out. I love it and everything about it! It is so feminine and lovely and the big bow on the back is dreamy.
The Evangeline was made from this tutorial from Sew Happy by Carrie and I was impressed with the tutorial and pattern, as well as the excellent communication from Carrie. Please know that the sizes do run large though!
The Evangeline. Sizes 18months- 5T. $35
11 Jul 2011
in Dresses, Sewing
Tags: circle dress, dress, jocole, sewing, tutorial, twirl
My momma asked me the other day why I hadn’t named any dresses after my own girlies. I told her that I did, but then I realized I never told anyone about it! (Well, there are pics up on my facebook page.) This dress suits my girly girl with all the fun fabric to twirl. And don’t worry, The Evangeline is on it’s way! Oh, and just for the record, Miracle really does not like being called Mira but I didn’t want to name a dress The Miracle. It just didn’t sound right! haha.
This one is a touch too small for her because it actually isn’t hers. (I would never dream of making something for her that isn’t pink or purple!) She was gracious enough to put it on for a few pictures though. Oh, and that fantastic headband is courtesy of Miss Greyley. We are the proud owners of several of these fantastic wire creations. I told the girls we were going to all share them together, but I may have hid one in my room, just to keep it safe.
I told you! So fun for twirling. I made this dress using a pattern I got from Jocole. It was an excellent pattern to work with and I learned a few new tricks too.
The pattern didn’t actually call for a tie in the back, but I added it on. Andrew was super impressed that I made ‘a real dress’ and that I ‘just added on a tie’. lol. He has been my biggest fan in my new sewing venture- well, he may be tied with the girls.
"The Mira" size NB-5T $40 without tie, $43 with tie
04 Jul 2011
in Dresses, Free Tutorial, Handmade Gift, Sewing
Tags: bias tape, dress, Free Tutorial, girl, Handmade Gift, pillowcase dress
For sweet little Adeline’s birthday I named a dress after her! I have been looking for a good pillowcase dress tutorial for a while, and I finally found one that I love! Initially it took me forever to find one I liked because I was trying to avoid binding. But it is so easy to make your own (and it is described well in this tutorial) and now that I have done it a few times I’m not so scared of sewing armpits anymore! Pretty much now that I have figured out binding and armpits (use lots of pins!) I feel like I can conquer the world (or at least pillowcase dresses).
My Awesome Armpit Handiwork
I have big plans for The Adeline. I can add a contrasting band of fabric around the bottom, use a wider ribbon (for the tie), use one long ribbon instead of two short ones, use matching fabric instead of ribbon…. Pillowcase dresses are so awesome because they are light and cool for the summer, but when it gets chilly you can throw a long sleeve tee under it with some jeans or leggings and you are set! Also, as your child grows the dress just turns into a top. They are generally one size fits most, so all you really need to do is adjust the length.
Evangeline has to try on everything I make, but she proves my point! It works as a top too.
And they are quick and simple! There are a million free tutorials out there, but I used this one. Her pattern is made to typically fit a 3T-5T but I just shortened it for Adeline. (It’s her first bday today!) Of course, if you don’t want to make it yourself you know I would love to. The Adeline is $16 without the contrasting band, and $18 with. Email me at lovealwaysxox at gmail dot com or leave a comment here with your email.
The Adeline ~ $16-$18
20 Jun 2011
in Dresses, Handmade Gift, Sewing
Tags: dress, dress tutorial, girl, Handmade Gift, infant, reversible dress, reversible newsboy cap, toddler
I finished up this fun custom order last week for a friend from church. She ordered them for her granddaughters and I can not wait to see pictures of them in their new outfits!
This dress is reversible! How cool is that? The hats are reversible too so you could just change up their little outfits like crazy.
I love this dress because it is so versatile. You can wear it by itself in the summer and if the weather gets chilly, just throw a long sleeve shirt under it with some tights or leggings and it looks cute that way too.
"The Madilyn" ~ $28 (size 3mths- 5T)
This dress was made from a tutorial I purchased over at Sweet Kid 3. I wasn’t super impressed with the tutorial, but with a few adjustments and some common sense, it got the job done! Feel free to contact me at lovealwaysxox at gmail dot com if you are interested in ordering. You can also see more pictures over on my facebook page.
Reversible Newsboy Cap ~ $18.50
02 Jun 2011
in Dresses, Handmade Gift, Sewing
Tags: dress, handmade, sewing, tutorial
I can hardly contain my excitement over this dress. I searched etsy for days looking for the perfect dress pattern and finally came across one from So Tei-Tei that I knew was perfect. It took me a couple tries to figure out some of the pattern directions, but in the end I love the result. I also learned a few tips to help me with my other dresses.
(Miracle's goofy smile is a result of her not wanting to model a dress that has so much green in it. Diva!)
This particular dress was made for a little lady at my church and I choose the style and fabric out just for her so I figured it appropriate to name it after her as well. There are more pics over on my facebook page as well as ordering information if you are interested. I’m always available through email or just by commenting here too!
There really isn't a front or back, so you could tie the bow on either side.
28 Apr 2011
Tags: dress, gift, handmade, hat, reversible newsboy cap, tie, toddler
I did it! I finished all of the kids things for their Easter outfits. It came really close though. The last flower pin for the last hat was finished in the van on the way to church! It was all worth it though. The kids loved their things (Axel is extremely hard to please) and everyone else loved them too.
Miracle's Dress and Newsboy Cap
Evangeline actually wore her hat all day, until picture time that is!
Axel loves that his hat is reversible. He kept changing it all day.
There are more pictures on my facebook page if you would like to see them! (and some pricing info too if you want to order one for your cuties.)
15 Apr 2011
Tags: coupon, dress, easter, fabric, holder, journal, miracle, notepad, pen, sew
I finished Miracle’s dress yesterday, and it turned out pretty good too. It is a little different style than Evangeline’s, and I messed up on it a little more (I’m just not going to tell how/where.). She absolutely loves it though. When she tried it on for the first time I asked her if she liked it and she jumped on me, grabbed my neck and yelled, “I love it!” I have decided that for the next few clothing items I do I will buy patterns. It maybe wasn’t such a great idea to try and come up with my own on my first try!
And thank you so much for the great response I received through here and on Facebook from yesterday’s post about my new notepad/journal holder. I received two more custom orders and am so excited!
Busy, Busy, Busy!! ❤