Super last minute. I almost forgot that Boo had to take Valentines to school tomorrow! So late afternoon we were printing and cutting and signing but I think they turned out pretty cute!
Thank goodness for the Valentine’s themed Project Run and Play photos I had for this week…..I set up one of the photos in Powerpoint (I just think Powerpoint is super easy for manipulating graphics and text to print):
I made this “Annie Hall” inspired outfit for Week 4 Project Run and Play using the material from a men’s shirt and a pinstriped skirt of mine:
Updated: I woke up early this morning to find a photo of a shirt that Lisa over at Stuff Mummy Makes had already made using this tutorial and wanted to share since it shows a boy version! So cute!
First I took one of my husband’s old dress shirts:
Note: you can see here that it was slightly too big and I had to cut them down about an inch. I cut the hem based on the dress for as well….so the bottom of the shirt was a few inches below the waist.
To cut the sleeves, I took one sleeve and used one of Boo’s shirts to figure out the length:
Note: Make sure to leave the cuff wide enough for the hand to fit through….you’ll be sewing it closed as a “faux” cuff.
I sewed the sleeves and sides of the shirt closed and finished the seams. I left my shirttails long to they would tuck in easily but if the tails are to be left out you can hem them. Here is the finished shirt with the “high-waisted” pants I made:
It’s week 5 of Project Run and Play! The theme for this week was Valentine’s Day. I have to be honest I was already a little burnt out on the holiday since just finishing the LBB V-Day Collection so I decided to do something really fun and funky. So here it is:
The dress is 2 layers on the bottom and a soft knit tank-style on top….
I love how playful the outfit turned out…..it reminds me of something Betsey Johnson would wear:
I edited all these photos using a set of actions (Moxie & Blessings) I am testing for Paint the Moon! They will be available soon to purchase from her shop so keep on the lookout!
Do you love Evy’s Tree as much as Lil Blue Boo does?! We are so excited to be partnering with Amy from Evy’s Tree for our Spring Collection. We’ve sent Amy our silk screened fabrics and she’s transformed them into her amazing hoodies and zip ups to coordinate across the first wave of Lil Blue Boo “What the Folk?” Spring pieces:
Boo turned 4 yesterday and we took her to Disneyland today for the first time!
1. I can’t stand crowds or lines (especially amusement parks and sporting events).
2. I am germ-a-phobic.
And…finally…don’t hate me:
4. Disney is creepy.
Yes, I said it. I think all of their movies, and many of their rides, have a weird dark streak to them. I’m convinced Boo will have nightmares from a few rides that were marketed to kids and should have had an “R” rating on them to warn us. Even Sleeping Beauty’s Castle tour was ridiculously creepy and scary.
But, regardless, Boo had an amazing time…..and that’s all that matters. We did Disney and we don’t have to go back for another 20 years now, right?
She loved the tea cups….
Boo: I’m four today.
SB: It’s your birthday! What is your name?
Boo: Um, have you seen Cinderella or Belle?
Me: Sienna, let’s just take a photo….maybe we’ll see Cinderella later.
Boo: I don’t want you to take a photo. I just want to eat my hotdog. (we had just bought it when we spotted the princesses)
Then Sleeping Beauty (or Aurora? no idea what I’m supposed to call her) taught Boo a princess curtsey which I’m pretty sure Boo thought was a little ridiculous judging from the look on her face (I don’t blame her, who “curtseys” in a recycled knit dress):
Then onto Snow White:
Boo: Hi. It’s my birthday today.
SW: Let me guess….are you four?
Boo: Yes. Um, have you seen Cinderella or Belle?
Me: Sienna, please let’s just take one photo….maybe we’ll see Cinderella later.
Boo: I don’t want you to take a photo. I just want to eat my hotdog.
We never saw Cinderella….but I kept reminding Boo that she DID make an appearance at her birthday last year. We went to Toon Town and met Mickey and Minnie…ho hum…
Favorite rides that we rode over and over?
It’s a Small World (Boo woke up singing the song first thing)
Mad Hatter Tea Party
Casey Jr. Circus Train
Alice in Wonderland (Boo wanted to know why the Queen was so mad)
Finding Nemo (One small scary second)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Gadget’s Go Coaster
Wow Disneyland is beautiful at night! I loved the park more once the sun went down. Then I do what I always do in crowds….randomly snap photos on random settings to see what I end up with:
It’s week 4 of the Project Run and Play competition and I’m so excited to still be in the running! For this week’s vintage/retro inspired-style I chose the classic “Annie Hall” look that Dianne Keaton made so popular in the 70′s: menswear for women.
I took a men’s dress shirt, cut it apart, and re-tailored the pieces to fit a toddler using a dress form. I reused the collar, cuffs and buttons and made the shirt a slim fit with an extra long shirt tails to fit nicely into the pants.
The pants are fitted with an extra high waist and flair out to a wide leg. Instead of using an itchy wool suiting, I made the pants from poly/spandex pin-striped fabric reclaimed from an adult skirt…..they are soft, comfortable, and machine washable.
The Imago Gallery was the perfect setting for an “urban” shoot in the desert:
Find the tie pattern below:
I’m on vacation with my family right now skiing in Colorado but before I left I snapped some behind-the-scenes photos of some favorite things around the Lil Blue Boo studio!
Large rolls of marking paper and pattern paper
The lightweight marking paper is used for drafting new patterns and the heavy manila pattern paper is what I use for final templates. The manila paper is heavier than card stock and is really durable for everyday pattern use.
All of my pattern templates are hung around the studio for easy access. I can hang about 20 patterns on one hook.
Can’t find the perfect fabric for a project? You can make your own! Here’s Boo wearing the jumpsuit I made for Week 3 of Project Run and Play….it’s a basic style, I just needed to make the perfect print for it!
The basic jumpsuit consisted of 4 pieces of gray knit:
….in dark gray, turquoise and bright yellow (see basic silk screening tutorial here):
The inspiration for this outfit was Alexander McQueen.:
You can use either of these techniques to create something for the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading 2011 Design Challenge!
I made it through to the third week of Project Run and Play! This week’s challenge was to make an adult inspired outfit. So here’s my design for the week….The Papilionidae….too bad I can’t even pronounce the name, but I felt like it needed something extravagant/dramatic to live up to my inspiration:
My inspiration for this challenge was Alexander McQueen. I love the butterfly prints and hair pieces that several of his past collections have included and wanted to do something similarly inspired but still appropriate for a child.
I took a basic light grey cotton/lycra knit and created a whimsical butterfly print using different colors of inks and diluted fabric paint. The butterflies are silk screened in different colors and additional colors were added by hand painting the fabric.