Baby and Toddler dress from a shirt #4

A white shirt with herringbone pattern set the tone. The aim was to transform it into a ceremony dress. N. asked me to do it with english embroidery and perhaps with some balloon sleeves, the rest was left to my discretion.

The fabric did not seem to work in balloon sleeves so I let go the idea and focused in english embroidery, with which I have rarely worked. And it was a real challenge!

The trick was to choose the right embroidery to go with the base fabric, little thin and little light and transform the whole fabric into something fine and dainty to look formal, and the result was this:

The handles have a frill with english embroidered and a back zipper and a bracket.

The neckline is finished off with an application of english embroidery, coordinated with the others I used. As the dress is made with a fabric without any shine, I applied some sequins in the neckline to give it some bright light.

The waist line is also marked with an application of English embroidery.

I added a flower made in the same fabric of the dress and with the same sequins and beads applied. I’m not a lover of bow ties on dresses but I really think that fabric flowers do make a diference adding a touch of elegance and glamor, and after having applied the flower this dress was completely different. It was a great choice!

The skirt comprises two bars of english embroidery, a wider one and a narrow one.

It was a great challenge but was overcome. It was a very interesting experience reusing these shirts and turn them into something new and completely different.

More rewarding was being able to release all my creativity and work in free style and experimenting with new models and patterns, learning new sewing techniques. We’re always learning!

I guess I had never made a dress with so much formality, yet I was not asked to do something similar to what is commercially, It was just meant to be a simple dress and I did it in my own way with few requirements. And I liked it very much!

And you? What do you think this work? Leave your comments!

Baby and Toddler dress from a shirt #3

This was another challenge! This time a striped shirt in dark blue and white. The typical pattern of a man’s shirt that made me think and rethink of the best pattern to use and transform this shirt into something that could be weared by a girl, without taking away her charm. So I ended up inspiring me in the traditional sailor patterns and choose to make this set of shirt and pants.

The round neckline is the big detail of the shirt and the flower button makes it totally unique and original! A true luxury is to have clothes tailor-made with handmade buttons made exclusively for these pieces!

Para as calças usei um algodão branco e fiz uma barra de riscas. Apliquei dois botões em cada perna.

 

Isn’t this a awsome baby girl outfit? Leave your comment and share with me your opinion!

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Baby and Toddler dress from shirt #2

One of the things that N. sent me in the box along with the shirts was a T-shirt of AC Milan, also to get repurposed. N. was nice to me and didn’t want me to take the whole shirt, but to save the badges!

I have to confess that this one was difficult. First of all this material is intractable and unworkable! Hard to tame at infinity, and even made ​​me feel I was back to the early days at my grandmother sewing machine! My sewing machine could not sew this material for nothing. Second problem was with the colors! They left me very concerned about choosing the right cut for the dress, because it’s ment to be wear by a little girl and the colors are very dark and black is dominant. I had had to keep in mind that the emblems were to maintain so I thought it would be nice to make a kind of a beach dress and the model with the 5-string braid seemed the best solution. I do not even remember the last time I did a braid with 5 strings!

The cut of the dress is actually very similar to the pillowcase dress, but the neck line is done slightly differently. I used 5 strips of fabric to make the braid, but as this material is not elastic I had to sew the stripes to form a sort of a tubes and turn them over, which was strenuous because this material did not cooperate even a little! But the dress ended up made and that’s what matters. The braid turned out to be slightly larger than would be necessary if it were made ​​of jersey, because it is elastic and the child’s head has to go in there in order to wear the dress.

This is not the happiest material for this style of dress, in fact it should only serve for sport. But I liked the model and liked to see it dressed in my Teresa, and I think it worked even though it’s not one of the most beautiful fabrics I’ve worked with. This is one of those models that I might just sew again for my girls and for me! I’m already seing us walking on the beach with dresses alike! What a common place!

Baby and Toddler dress from a shirt #1

It was a different and original request and one of those I couldn’t resist nor refuse. I love making things with brand new materials but I also like to rethink other uses for things that apparently no longer have much use.

A few weeks ago I received an email from N. wondering if I could turn her son in law shirts into clothing for her granddaughter, a girl little bit youger than my Teresa.

The box with the shirts arrived later to my house and my cauldron of ideas began to simmer! As soon as I saw one of the shirts I new I had to make a pillowcase dress from it!The first dress I saw it as I looked into the fabric of this shirt! I immediately thought of a pillowcase dress! In addition to being easy to make it would allow me to keep the shirt almost entirely. I left the front part of the shirt with the all the buttons, although I closed it with a seam.

I replaced the shirt buttons with my hand made Fimo buttons. For those of you who were wondering why the hell is she making so many buttons, you can see here one of the many uses that my beautiful buttons can have in my creations. And indeed these buttons on this dress makes all the difference. A simple detail that changes the entire dress.

Finally the straps of the dress are two satin red ribbons. Still thought of something more elaborate, but you already know how I am, I do believe that less is more so I kept it simples and it worked as it always does!

This is the first of three baby dress from shirts that I have to make. And what about you? Do you want to make one of this for your girls?

You can find my buttons on my store. Just click the button and see what I’ve to offer you!

Amazing buttons here!

 

Children Backpack Pattern #1

Teresa went to school at the end of March, and I really wanted to make her a backpack where she could take her diapers and her change of clothes. She is vain and always reacts very well to things I make, she clings to them, grabs them and so I thought she’d like a backpack just for her.

The outside fabric is red coduroy and outer pocket is also corduroy but in white. I wanted to make a doll and picked a mushroom, just because I like it and I think have a sweet and fresh look. To make this backpack I started making fimo buttons, because I needed some flowers, and by rambling a lot I ended in these butterflies, which served as inspiration for others!
I also applied the letters of her name in the space left. I’m not a great fan of putting names on childen stuff but this was a nice way to reduce the contrast between the red backpack fabric and white pocket fabric.

The interior of the backpack is the same fabric as the head of the mushroom. The polka dots always give a special touch, and if used sparingly can really make a difference in a project. I also made a pocket inside thinking of smaller things.

The zipper is plastic with wide teeth to give resistance and survive in the hands of the little princess. The backpack contornes are enhanced with pajamas ribbon and the handles are adjustable in height.

Ficou perfeita! Ou quase porque a dimensionei para o tamanho real da Teresa e não para o tamanho das necessidades de tralha da Teresa! Acabou por se mostrar demasiado pequena para levar para a escola mas perfeita para pequenas coisas ou brinquedos.

It is perfect! Or almost… I drew the backpack to fit the actual size of Theresa and not to fit the size of Teresa’s needs! Turned out to be too small to take to school but perfect for small toys or stuff.

So I made some pattern changes and made a bigger backpack. I really wanted to try some aplique work with the sheep fur fabric and really liked the result. I left the ears in 3D which gives it a funny look. As in the previous backpack, the subject is applied in the outside pocket, and apart from the sheep has also some yellow flowers and a ribbon with a picot income, to simulate grass.

The outside fabric is a blended jeans fabric in a dark/navy blue. It has yellow filaments in the fiber blend, wich I coordinated with zipper, straps and piping cord.

It is well wider than the first backpack and also higher. It looks more like a backpack of a first grader, I doubt she could carry it full on her back. But I’m the one who carries the backpack so the important fact is to have all the necessary things inside the backpack.

The straps are also adjustable and has a handle at the top, to facilitate transport and to be hung on the hanger.

The liner left me a bit hesitant, but I ended choosing this fabric from IKEA with hearts of many colors, including yellow. Not my favorite print but this one works good in a small work. It has the same interior pocket as the first backpack.

Now it seems that I got the perfect backpack pattern! And the best is that Teresa loved the sheep.

Do you want to make your own backpack? You can get my “Back to School” backpack patterm here:

Back To Shcool Backpack Pattern

DIY Pacifier Clip

Last month Teresa ruined at least three of her pacifier clips. Her father came to me to fix it, as he always does! So I bought the clips and strat working but only long enough to realize that what I felt like doing was really making the entire pacifier clip from the begining instead of fixing the broken ones. So I made a first test with the yellow one but ended up to short. The one pictured with the pacifier on was my second attempt but with a different concept that I loved so much, that I re-did it in orange. My Little teresa was overjoyed! She is vain! And this is such a simple project to do! All three chains were made in less than an hour and with Teresa around!

Seamstress for a day

In Mafalda’s school kids are learning the professions. In Mafalda’s school there is a girl named Mafalda who has a mother who does many things and one of those things is sewing. In Mafalda’s school are two teachers who felt that Mafalda mother could be a seamstress for a day and show kids how is this profession. At Mafalda’s school there were more than 30 children ages 4 and 5 cutting fabric and sewing it on the machine, just like mini tailors and seamstresses. At Mafalda’s school lots of fun guaranteed for a day.

Among fascinated eyes, brilliant interventions and lots of impatience 37 small pillows were born. Each one had the initial letter of each child name. Each children had the opportunity to sew his letter on my machine. Me and the teachers did all the rest because otherwise the kids could not take home a ready-made pillow. They all behaved very well, it was clear that some had more skill than others, there were also some who disn’t took their eyes off the sewing machine while they were sewing, while others were more distracted and once in a while they forgot what they were doing. But they all were overjoyed with their pillows. Funny to see the how the boys were super excited to sew, since the girls were more restrained but also participatory. This is the cushion of Mafalda, fabrics chosen by her, letter color and sewing thread also chosen by her.

Felt Dollhouse

Welcome to the Doll House! This is one of the activities of the activity book that I’m designing. It’s a tiny house full of potential for hours of fun! It is adaptable to various ages, and the small parts can be carefully stored in a proper pocket to avoid the risk of being swallowed! In an early age allows children to learn the home divisions and identify the routines that are fulfilled in each one, and also to learn the furniture and its usefulness.
At a most creative age children can play with this nice family home and organize it as they want!

The smallest Maria is out of this project because the house is a happy little house and has no room for more people. But on the other hand we have the Manuel Maria, the father of this family!