Tie Dyeing Shapes (A Tutorial)

Tie Dyeing Shapes via lilblueboo.com

 

Who doesn’t love some bright tie dye? I made some easy outfits for Boo over the weekend using dyeable clothing from Dharma Trading and a few bright dye colors. I made one outfit with a peace sign and one outfit with a heart. You can find my peace sign tutorial here and below I show how to dye the heart shape.

 

Tie Dyeing Shapes (Heart and Peace Sign) via lilblueboo.com

I love the cure curled edges on the top and pants. The top is the french terry ruffle top and the pants are the french terry ruffle pants:

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Hand Stamped Leggings (A Tutorial)

 

These hand stamped leggings are so easy to make and a great gift idea for the holidays. I made this pair for Boo using a lightning bolt shaped stamp. (Click here to see how to make the stamp)

 

 

Here are the products I used:
$5 leggings from Target
Jacquard Fabric Paint (it’s the perfect consistency to go through the paint roller)

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Hey you…..wanna fight? (Handpainted Applique Tutorial)

I’m so excited to be a part of No Big Dill’s Once Upon a Thread this month!

Earlier this year in the first series of Once Upon a Thread I made a dress inspired by The Giving Tree….it was one of my favorite books growing up. This time around I let Boo pick the book and she chose The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carl.

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A Party Dress (A Tutorial)

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I love this fun, sassy dress style! I made this cute circus style party dress for Lisa’s daughter Elle’s recent birthday:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I made a similar dress for Boo last Valentine’s day (click to see the photo shoot for the V-Graffiti dress):

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

The “built in” petticoat gives the bottom of the dress lots of twirl and volume. I used fabric spray paint and fabric markers to do all the graffiti:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

 

I used my Twirl Skirt pattern but went up a few sizes since I wasn’t using stretchy material:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I cut an identical skirt out of a contrasting material but made it an inch longer for the petticoat layer:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I cut long strips 5″ wide and connected them together so it was about 8 or 9 feet long…..over twice the length of the bottom of the skirt. I folded the strip in half and sewed the top closed. Then I pulled the bobbin thread to gather the entire length:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I placed the ruffle as shown on the right side of the petticoat layer and then I sewed the ruffle to the bottom:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

To create the cinching in the top layer of the dress bottom I used a ruler to mark 2 places on the seams……one 6″ above the hem and the other 4″ above the hem:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

Then I used thread to sew through both my markings……

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

……and I tied the thread in knot underneath gathering the fabric into a bunch. I repeated this in several places around the skirt bottom.

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

For the top of the dress I cut about 1.5″ inches off the bottom of a tank top and added a scanned image of a vintage playing card (the same images used on the favor bags). The image was printed onto Dharma Trading’s Super Soft Transfer Paper and ironed on. I sewed the skirt bottom to the tank.

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

To embellish the skirt further I sewed polka dot ribbon and crochet trim on top of the gathered areas:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

The finished dress!

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

 

Click on image below for more circus party posts!

Circus party ideas and printables via lilblueboo.com

Preview up for Boom Town 2

The previews are up for Boom Town 2 tonight! The collection will be available to purchase tomorrow at 3pmPST/6pmEST. Quantities are limited and will not be offered again. So excited about this collection and the photography by Monika McSweeney!

 

(Please note: the lookbook requires Flash.)


 

Boom Town 2 Look Book

Introducing the second Boom Town collection! Previews will be up in the shop tomorrow with pricing. Not all items are shown in the look book. The collection will be available for purchase on Friday, September 23rd at 3pmPST/6pmEST. A huge thanks to Monika McSweeney for the amazing photography of this collection.

(Please note: the lookbook requires Flash.)

Creating Faux Rhinestones and Studs with Puffy Paint (A Tutorial)

I made this cute Halloween shirt for Boo this weekend using 3-dimensional paint to create a faux rhinestone look. It took about 10 minutes and without the hassle of adhering teeny tiny rhinestones! There are so many great shiny puffy/3-dimensional fabric paints available now that you can get the rhinestone effect easily. Use metallic paint to get a metal stud effect!

There are two ways you can create your pattern to guide your application of the puffy paint: 1. Use a rhinestone stencil or a regular stencil and a disappearing ink fabric marker to mark your dots:

(more after the jump)

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Pretty Pixel Peace

 

“LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME.”
~Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson

 

 

Beautiful photos of the Pretty Pixel Peace dress by Christina Anglum Photography.


Fall Collection Part Two

Because Boom Town Collection sold out the first day we are launching a second collection in a few weeks! I have little design quirks…..an entire collection can be reduced to tiny bits of paper and fabric:

The second collection will overlap pieces from the first collection as well and we will offer a second wave of what we can from Boom Town. Stay tuned!

Boom Town – Lil Blue Boo Fall 2011

A few more photos before tomorrow’s Boom Town debut (9am PST Friday, August 26)! Previews are up in the store now! Check out the collages at the bottom for an idea of coordinates! Order before midnight tomorrow night for 10% off your entire order (code: FALLPREORDER)

 

We are so excited about this collection! We make everything ourselves in house using local, handpicked seamstresses. All of our items are made from the highest quality fabrics and we keep our clothing “tagless” for comfort. All the cutting, silk screening “tagless” tags, printing images, sewing, packaging and shipping is done by a small, amazing team of women out of two small studios and an office in Palm Desert, CA. Handmade in the USA!

 

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