Mr. and Miss Roboto

Looking through my photo archives last night I came across Mr. and Miss Roboto. I completely forgot about these! Last year I appliqued the robots to dresses and shirts and made interchangeable hair bows for Miss Roboto and ties and bowties for Mr. Roboto. I loved them…time to revisit!

If you missed them the last time around here is the template download for both the girl and boy robot! Enjoy!

mrandmrsroboto Registered & Protected

Li’l Fashionista Boo

Stephanie Corfee drew up this “lil fashionista” illustration of a slightly older Boo for my new business card! I love everything about it…..the hair, the Lil Blue Boo dress, the mismatched socks….she nailed it! But it gets better…..

…..I’m working out the details now for custom dresses from her illustrations….so if you order a “lil fashionista” portrait from her shop you will soon be able to place custom orders for a dress with your own original print like the one shown below that I made for Boo. So stay tuned for details!


Our last collaboration was so much fun… is still running! Here are a few dresses I made this week with the “When I Grow Up Print” and mixing various knits and linens:




That’s it for tonight! I’m trying to get over a cold and I’m of to bed early. Hope you all are working hard on your entries for the Great Ugly Knit Upcycle! I’ve received some great entries so far…but you still have time to enter!

Extreme Glitter Shoes

I made these awesome glitter shoes for Boo today using Extreme Glitter. The result was a rich, patent-leather-like, glittery pair of shoes!


An easy, inexpensive project you can do in almost any glittery shade…for any age!

I started with a pair of canvas shoes (these were from Target, but Walmart or Payless are other good places to find an inexpensive pair of shoes).

And I used Plaid’s Extreme Glitter paint in Rose (click here for the color palette available):

I applied a thick coat to all the exposed areas of the shoe:

I used a smaller brush to get the paint right up to the edges of the rubber and metal parts:


I applied a second coat after the first coat was dry and even applied a third and fourth coat in places:

They dried really quick! Stay tuned for my pair….I’m looking for my old, dull flats to spruce up!


Fabric Shopping in L.A.

Lisa and I spent all day yesterday shopping in L.A.’s garment district. We had a great time despite the 100 degree heat! Our first stop was Michael Levine’s Loft:

The Loft is located above the Micheal Levine home decor fabric store:

And it is indeed a loft… air conditioning and VERY hot when it is 100 degrees outside!

But it is my favorite kind of store….lots of hidden treasure and you pay by the pound.


Be prepared to dig to the bottom of the boxes…..

……that is where the good stuff is!

The main Michael Levine store is across the street:

Huge selection:

My Lil Blue Boo card!

Here’s Jonathan…..he helped us cart bolts of fabric on multiple trips to the car….he was the best!

There are blocks and blocks of fabric stores in the area…..and some great steals:

After 6 hours of shopping we made it home with a huge stash of great inspiration I can’t wait to start digging into for some fall designs!


P.S. A HUGE thanks to my bestest pal Lisa for taking the trip with me…..she was my friend, personal assistant, moral support, treasure finder, photographer, map reader, delivery coordinator, purse holder all wrapped up into one!!! You rock Lisa!!! Love you!!!

P.P.S A HUGE thanks to Dana for taking the time months ago to write out my itinerary for me :) She has a post now on her blog you should check out!

The Twirl Skirt – Now Available!

The Twirl Skirt is finally available! This is a 16-page PDF tutorial with 10 pattern pages and includes ALL of my tips and tricks for sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine as well as a serger.

(photo on the cover is by Lisa from Ellebows)

Some highlights of what you’ll get in my original PDF pattern & tutorial:
:: 16 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
:: 41 full color images, diagrams and drawings to demonstrate pattern specifics
:: 10 pattern pages which include separate patterns for each size
:: Options for adding maternity waistband or lengthening the skirt and an idea book

The sizes included in the pattern are:
12-18M, 24M/2T, 3T/4T, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
Women’s XS to XL
Doll size patterns for 10″ and 15″ Waldorf dolls (Bamboletta, AppleTreeHouse, Dragonsfly Hollow etc), American Girl, Pottery Barn or other similarly sized dolls.

For those of you new to PDF patterns: The pattern pages print out directly from your computer onto regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper and there are guides for attaching them together.

Make sure to add photos of your finished skirts to the Lil Blue Boo Flickr Gallery!

Some fabulous photos from Olivia Hooper Photography (who also just happens to be a tester too!):

How fun that dolly can match….

….and mommy can match!

Don’t forget to join the Lil Blue Boo Patterns Facebook Page….set up specifically to share sewing tips and photos of what you’ve made!

Saturday LBB Gallery Share – Cuteness Overload

I post so many photos to the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page during the week I’ve got to play catch up on the weekend! Here are a few favorite images and fan photos from this week:

An itty bitty Stephanie Corfee/Lil Blue Boo “Rockstar” collaboration dress. Photos by Danielle.

Izzy in a Lil Blue Boo Matryoshka bubble dress. Photo by Olivia Hooper Photography.

Nookie Scooter” herself, wearing a Lil Blue Boo birthday dress:

Sandi sent me this great photo of her daughter in a Lil Blue Boo “Daddy’s Girl” dress. Love it!

Boo in her Matryoshka Pirate dress before school….here is a link to the graphic if you want to make your own!

New unicorn Croc clogs for Boo (from Zappos)…the horn glows in the dark…but now we have to keep all the lights off in the house so she can see it:

New seahorse Croc clogs….Boo is growing out of shoes faster than I can keep up! This is our new pajama top and lady bug shorts look:

A few favorite dresses made this week:

Morphing Matryoshkas

A larger sized “Rockstar” dress

A doll sized “Rockstar” dress:

A custom Harajuku dress, complete with cherry blossom trim:

Ugh, did I mention we had a big earthquake? The center was right next to us too. It felt like the house was going to come down and huge waves of water sloshing out of the pool. Boo was at school down the street…..I literally was out of the house in seconds even leaving the back door open. Everyone was okay, just shaken up. A reminder to restock my disaster kit again!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’ve been working on some little shorts/tee matching lady bug sets to upload to Big Cartel sometime on Monday. Then I’m going to retire the ladybug until next year! Check the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page for listing times!

Upcycled Bohemian

As soon as I saw this bottom print on a dress at the thrift store I knew I had to have it to pair with Stephanie’s “I Grow Up” print….and who better to model it than Grace! An elephant ear dress with an empire waist….upcycled from thrift store finds: a dress, 2 polo shirts and some silk screened and tie dyed yardage. Eclectic, one-of-a-kind, bohemian…and totally green. Stunning photos by Monika McSweeney Photography. Enjoy!

Infinite thanks to Monika and Grace for such beautiful photos!

An I.D. Tag for Dolly (A Tutorial)

I couldn’t imagine if we lost Li’l Sally (our 10″ AppleTreeHouse Waldorf doll). Boo would be traumatized, I would be traumatized, and my wallet would not be happy about having to replace her! These dolls are so popular now (along with Bamboletta and DragonFlysHollow dolls) and almost impossible to get. There was a discussion on the LBB Facebook page the other day about the horror of losing one of these dolls and the idea of an I.D. tag necklace or bracelet came up. And so, a distressed identification tag was born for Li’l Sally:

Li’l Sally is wearing a Lil Blue Boo silk screened dress! Pattern to come soon!

This tutorial is almost identical to my wooden pendant accessories tutorial. But here are the directions again…..

Step 1: Create your text in a word program or Adobe Photoshop and reverse the text so that it prints backwards. (if you are using a word program you’ll need to save the text as a picture first and then import it back in so that you can reverse it). Print it out using a laser printer (which uses dry ink, an inkjet will not work) or send your printout through a black and white copier.

Our tag reads: Li’l Sally, if found call: xxx-xxx-xxxxn (I blurred out my phone number).

Step 2: Apply an acrylic paint base coat to a small piece of craft wood. These can be found at any craft store for about 20 cents a piece.

Step 3: When your base coat is dry, apply thick coat…..

……of Golden or Liquitex soft gel mat medium (also found at most craft stores). This is what will transfer the black toner from the paper to the wood.

Step 4: Cut out your text and press the paper face down onto the gel….burnish/rub the paper to make sure it is adhered and there are no air bubbles.

Step 5: When the gel is completely dry, apply a few drops of tap water to the back of the paper and peel off as much of the wet paper as possible.

Step 6: Rub the rest of the wet paper off with your finger. The text will stay behind.

Step 7:
Use sandpaper to distress the edges of the wood pendant.

Step 8: Dilute some brown acrylic paint with water and paint onto the distressed areas. Wipe off any excess. Once dry you can seal the pendant with acrylic gloss varnish.

Step 9: Drill a tiny hole in one end of the pendant.

Step 10: Add string or a leather cord through the hole and you are done!

Now if your doll gets lost at the mall or restaurant she’ll have some form of identification on her! Just tuck the pendant down into her clothing and he/she is ready to go!