Evolution of a Dress (A Digital Short)

Time Lapse video of a dress being made from start to finish via lilblueboo.com

A Lil Blue Boo dress from start to finish:

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Check out more Lil Blue Boo videos:

The Mona Lisa in Buttons

Frida Kahlo in Buttons

Rite of Passage




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About Ashley Hackshaw

Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1
    Chrytsyna Johnson says:

    I see she’s still wearing all white to work :) Brave brave woman! haha!
    AND…very cute dress!

  2. 2

    How exciting! Love seeing how other pro’s work. Great job on the video :)

  3. 3
    Xotchil Danio says:

    Why don’t I know people like this, who could tes kind of stuff?

  4. 4
    Nicole Gagnon says:

    Oh my Goodness! I would so love to work there and learn all that! You guys are amazing thank you for the inside look!

  5. 5

    OMG this dress is so cute. I can’t believe you guys just pump them out like that! Your daughter looks lovely!

  6. 6

    That is such a cool video! Thanks for sharing how it all comes together!

  7. 7

    OMG! This so makes me wish I could sew – this looks so fun to make. Ash, you are a talented woman with an amazing business going for you!!! Your work/styles are like no other I have seen…so unique and fun!

  8. 8

    Can I come live in your studio? I work for free as long as I can play with all your awesome toys. :-)

  9. 9
    Kathy O says:

    Freaking AWESOME!!! Thank you LLB crew. Now if only I could do it that fast.

  10. 10
    Ericka (Daizy Bugz) says:

    Thank you for sharing Gicela’s talent! I don’t know how all of you do it. Truly amazing!

  11. 11
    Kristen P says:

    Love this! Great – now I want silk screening stuff. :/

  12. 12
    Fiona McKinna says:

    Fantastic! It makes me feel a bit slow on the old sewing front! And just look at those beautiful nails

  13. 13
    Teefanny says:

    Awesome! I wish I could get things done that quickly :)

  14. 14

    I’m teaching a 7 year old how to sew, and she loves it! So great to see little ones catch on to sewing. I can’t wait to show her Lil Blue Boo

  15. 15

    I dream of quitting my office day job… This video is inspiring me … Thanks.

  16. 16
    Kestlyn says:

    So cool. I am totally crushing on your electric rotary cutter :)

  17. 17

    How fun!

  18. 18

    I am in love with the electric rotary cutter, and the Juki! Amazing talent you women have!

  19. 19

    so awesome! she is so precise! cute dress. :)

  20. 20

    That is so neat to see! Thanks for sharing, very interesting!

  21. 21

    Fun video! A little inside peek at LBB!

  22. 22

    Amazing! Makes me raring to go home and sew (I’m just planning to sew birthday presents for a couple of friends’ daughters)

  23. 23

    Oh, and now I want to purchase your racerback pattern. I told myself I didn’t need it since I have most all your other patterns, but now I feel like I *must* sew a racer back-today!

  24. 24

    I couldn’t help but notice that you included the video for the button picture. Didn’t you start a Disney button picture not too long ago? Did you finish and I missed the video? I was looking forward to seeing that one!
    The dress looks cute and I looooove the paint color for the butterfly.

  25. 25
    ira lee henson says:

    thats so awesome! i wanna work in your shop!!!!!

  26. 26
    chrissi says:

    Thank for posting this video. Love that your company takes such care in your product. Your clothes are sweet. Please make some cute tees for us too.

  27. 27
    Ahsamon says:

    So cool!! Thank you for sharing the behind-the-scenes! :)

  28. 28

    Wow, LOVE this video. Fantastic job. Do more and more and more of those!

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    Alice H says:

    That is too cool! Thanks for sharing this. Along time ago my mom used to work for a place called Bryan Industries in Tulsa, OK. I don’t know if you have ever heard of them or not. But I used to get to go up there and “model” the outfits and I was able to see behind the scenes. It is a really good memory for me.
    So is it only you and Lisa that do everything? Or do you have other employees to help with cutting, sewing, etc? If you have answered this question before, I apologize for not looking it up.

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    kristin says:

    That’s pretty fascinating… Adorable dress!!

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    Rachel M. says:

    holy. awesome.

  32. 32

    That video is so incredibly cool, loved seeing the process. I really want an electric cutter like that now.

  33. 33

    I can’t sew on a button therefore my mouth is hanging open…this video is so cool!

  34. 34
    tracey wallis says:

    OMG need to get an electric cutter… I still use shears..so old fashion ! lol

  35. 36

    this is amazing ashley! just awesome

  36. 37

    This would be my dream job if I were half as creative as you. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  37. 38

    Wow, that was SO cool to watch!! Like the others, I want your electric cutter, and also that cool pattern weight. Most of all, I love watching the efficiency and productivity! What talented people you are. Were those Lisa’s hands? She has pretty hands. :)

  38. 39

    So much fun!! I love seeing this process, especially since I’ve been making summer dresses for my twins this week with your patterns! Thank you!

  39. 40

    Ashley you are always such an inspiration! I went to school for textile and fashion design and watching this video brings back such awesome memories! I don’t have as much time anymore to sew for fun but I swear if I ever move out by you I’m coming by to convince you to get me a job! You are awesome! I think I’m going to go sew something now!

  40. 41

    That was so very cool!

  41. 42

    electric cutter??? wow… i had no idea they existed! Placed on my wish list. ;)

  42. 43

    This was very cool to watch. Thank you for taking the time to make it and posting it :)

  43. 44

    I absolutely LOVE behind the scene videos/pictures :) I Absolutely LOVE your site!!! Growing up my mom made dresses for my sister and myself. I remember her pausing the Pauliana movie a billion times to draw the dresses! Well we were recently invited to an era party and my 11yr old daughter and I LOVE to watch Pride and Prejudice so I decided to make her a 1812 Regency dress. It was last minute so We put the movie on and she would pause it for me while I drew the dresses LOL!! It was so much fun! I have to say I have a cheap sewing machine and my husband came home from work (hard wood flooring) and was telling me about the lady he’s working for sells industrial type sewing machines and how he watched her sewing and she didn’t have any of the issues my sewing machine has. (my 3 year old climbed the shelf and pulled mine onto the ground :( i’m thinking the hammer is bent and something is going on internally) SO he has hinted around about getting me one!! I am EXCITED!! I LOVE to sew and craft!! Now I will have to tell him about the electric cutter!!!!! :D

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    Beth Morrow says:

    Wow…so glad I didn’t throw my iPad at the wall…only took me about 6 tries to finally watch the video! Quite the production…love the dress!
    You so smart!
    Love ya,

  45. 46

    amazing ladies! wow. love the dress and the behind the scenes look!

  46. 47

    Very cool! Thanks for the sneak peek behind the scenes! Love, love, love your cutter – haven’t ever seen one before.

  47. 48

    Ashley and Lisa,
    How cool!! This was way cooler than watching the Crayola factory or Nestlé factory videos! Thank you for sharing! Makes you appreciate the making of LBB dress all the more!!

  48. 49

    What a fun way to see the process. Thanks for sharing! And I so want that rotary cutter now!

  49. 50

    That was awesome!!

  50. 51

    What fun to see! Any chance you’ll tell us where to get your amazing rotary cutter?!

  51. 52

    thank you thank you thank you! someday i hope to have a biz like yours: read: with employees and profits! hahahaha

  52. 53

    Loved it! That’s some operation compared to my little shop.

  53. 54

    Love this video. Please share with us what type of rotary cutter that is. We all need one.

  54. 55
    Janelle says:

    The video was so rad! You make me want to learn to sew!


  55. 56

    wow! in Malta we have a saying that translated goes like this:
    Give the work to he who know how to do it well. dont know if you have a variant…but it just popped into my head when i saw this…just amazing…great job team!

  56. 57

    Oh! I love this video ♥ ♥ ♥ Now I’m dreaming about having an electric cutter too!!! And wonder which one and where to buy???

  57. 58

    I only wish my girls were younger so I could order your clothing! I love this dress and how cool to see it from start to finish. Thanks!

  58. 59

    Loved the video! Also, love the dress and I got a size 5/6 for my 4 year old to grow into and pass on to my younger daughter when she’s that age (many years from now). It will be our first LBB dress and very well loved!

  59. 60

    Oh WOW! Your digital short was totally cool! I would love to see how it all works in person. Thank you so much for the inside look.

  60. 61
    Valerie Nelson says:

    SO COOL!! Thanks for sharing!! My Daughter said “OH look!! You have that (serger)! I hope she inherited my love for sewing! Question, what is that thing you’re using to cut all the fabric?

  61. 62

    FYI: watching the video was easy for me-just one click and it loaded beautifully.


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    Dorothy says:

    you make it look so easy! inspires me to start making some little dresses for my girl:)

  63. 64

    great video! would love to see more behind the schemes, seeing the dresses printed and machined is awesome :)


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    Tiffany says:

    Ridiculous, you make it look easy!

  65. 66

    That was so awesome! What type of marking pen do you use?

  66. 68

    I LOVED watching the process!!! So very cool. And do almost everything “freehand” like cutting and sewing. No pins! Cool cutter!

  67. 69

    Love love love it!

  68. 70

    Fascinating!! Love how well all the elements of the dress work together.


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