WWYM I: Katy from No Big Dill

Today is the final day for WWYM I (What Would You Make) and I’m so excited to introduce Katy from No Big Dill with her creation! I got to know Katy when we both competed in Project Run and Play. She’s an amazing seamstress, talented and patient with details and LOVES the color orange. Orange isn’t my favorite color but Katy is slowly converting me into an orange lover. (I was wondering how she’d work orange into this challenge!) I absolutely adore the recent Once Upon a Thread series that Katy put together on her blog…..make sure to visit each and every post!

 

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Hello to all you Lil Blue Boo readers! What a fabulously fun idea Ashley had, no? This fabric is the softest, most flow-y, perfect to snuggle with, but I had to laugh when Ashley mentioned she sent us fabric we would most likely not choose ourselves, because that is 100% truth. It’s been so fun to see it transformed in such a variety of ways by the talented seamstresses who received her fun little package in the mail.

I started by dying mine orange (of course!) It gave the floral bouquet print a bit of an orange hue instead of pink and made the background just slightly darker.

 

 

It is a perfect summer fabric, especially for a child with the softness that is the perfect thing to have next to their soft, sensitive skin.

 

 

With no closures, it’s easy to slip on and off.

 

 

I ended up adding a slit in the back to accommodate child’s play and dance.

 

The strap/sleeve details are my favorite,

 

 

adding some texture and interest,

 

 

as well as drawing from the colors of the flowers to tie them in with the whole look.

 

 

If you’d like to make your own maxi (mini or not!) tube dress, I’ll show you how over at my blog, no big dill! Thanks for letting me play, Ashley!

 

Thank you so much Katy! I loved this dress!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s giveaway! Two people will win 2 yards of the same fabric that was used for this challenge!

WWYM I: Mique from 30 Days

I’m so excited to introduce Mique from 30 Days with her creation for WWYM I (What Would You Make)! Mique has so many great ideas over at her blog 30 Days and I love her printables! I love that her projects are so diverse…..cooking, decorating, tutorials, parties etc! Make sure to check out all of Mique’s awesomeness today!

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I’m Mique from 30days. I was beyond flattered that Ashley asked me to play along for this challenge. I have been a long time fan of Lil Blue Boo and am also in great company! I came up with a few different ideas. And I tried to make them…. they didn’t work!! But I love the end result.

My finished product is an 11×17 canvas with ruffled flower a stitched quote (that I love) framed on a painted embroidery hoop. Say that 3 times fast, dare ya! I put all my loves into this project- the fabric, vintage binding from an antique mall, hand stitching, ruffles, and a quote.
I thought it appropriate for my nine year old to hold the canvas- I am determined to make sure she is her own kind of beautiful! I made this project with my craft room in mind but I think it might hang in her room now instead.


Hop on over to 30days for a “Be your own kind of beautiful” printable.
Thank you Ashley for such a fun creative challenge!


Thank you so much Mique! I love your take on this challenge!
Stay tuned for another creation using the same fabric tomorrow by Katy from No Big Dill!

WWYM I: Adrianna from Crafterhours

I’m so excited to introduce Adrianna from Crafterhours with her creation for WWYM I (What Would You Make)! Crafterhours (created by Adrianna and Susan) is full of super cool tutorials and tips…..but I’ll be honest, the reason I stop by the most often is to read their “sidebar” conversations. These gals crack me up! I love that their great ideas are paired with humor…..it makes their site super unique! So if you don’t already follow Crafterhours…you are missing out!

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Hi Lil Blue Boo fans!! I am so excited to be here today. Ashley’s was one of the first blogs I started reading and she is a superstar in my world. Couldn’t you just grab a cup of coffee and hang out in her sewing area all day? I’d love to see the creative process that produces the amazing stuff she’s constantly coming up with.

When I first enthusiastically agreed to participate in Ashley’s fabric challenge, I figured I would probably make something along the lines of a little girls’ dress. And if you’ve been reading Crafterhours for any amount of time, you’re not surprised (because that’s just how I do).

But when the fabric arrived, I saw it’s beautiful navy floral pattern and soft voile drapey-ness and said, “sorry kiddos, this fabric is way too good for you.”

So, I made a simple modified sheath dress from my own pattern. It came together so quickly and easily (or maybe that’s because I was on such a high from being invited to participate in this challenge that it just felt that way). See? Just a fun, simple little floral sundress with a gathered, cinched bust.

But this dress holds a BIG surprise.

It’s a maternity dress too!!! (not for me, Mom.) How much do I love you guys? I went outside in full view of my neighbors and passing cars and stuffed one of my girls’ dolls under my dress. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but I made the front hem dip down a little bit to compensate for that little bundle of stuffed toy joy.

What makes me laugh even more than the utter ridiculousness of these pictures is that I could never achieve this look while actually pregnant. The first thing to get pregnant on me is my love handles, followed directly by my arms and legs. Hopefully my actually pregnant friend will enjoy this dress as much as I enjoyed making it :) Thanks so much for including me, Ashley! I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with!

Thank you so much Adrianna! Fabulous and amazing as always…I just hope the neighbors aren’t gossiping now ;)
Stay tuned for another creation using the same fabric tomorrow by Mique from 30 Handmade Days!

Now Available! The Lil Blue Boo Pieced Tunic ePattern!

Now available! The Lil Blue Boo Pieced Tunic ePattern! This is one of my favorite “go to” tops and I finally found the time to put it into digital format so you can make your own!

(Note: Winners of the pattern giveaway are posted here)

The Pieced Tunic pattern & tutorial includes:
: 15 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
: 9 pattern pages which include separate patterns for sizes XS, S, M, L and XL

The top first debuted in Desert Magazine (click image to see article)…and it’s become my basic summer wardrobe:

I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

WWYM I: Kelly from Sewing in No Man’s Land

I’m so excited to introduce Kelly from Sewing in No Man’s Land today with her creation for WWYM I (What Would You Make)! She was one of my competitors in the Project Run and Play contest. Kelly would send emails to all the designers competing listing out every detail she loved about each of our outfits…..she’s a good egg :) so thoughtful and so talented too! I looked forward every week to see her gorgeous photos and outfits and I think this new WWYM Challenge was partly created because I didn’t want Project Run and Play to end! Make sure to visit her blog Sewing in No Man’s Land to check out her sewing adventures in Dili East Timor (I had to Google it….I have no idea how the fabric I sent actually got there!)

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I am positively giddy about being here at Lil Blue Boo today! I was so excited when Ashley filled me on on her wonderful idea of a fabric challenge. I waited patiently for mine to arrive (ughhhh getting mail here takes so long!) Then when I got it I tossed and turned about how to make an outfit fit for Lil Blue Boo but with a No Mans Land touch. It had to be super comfy, super cute and totally wearable aka not get in the way of playing (so are the things I think describe all of Boo’s super cute clothes). After many nights a tossing I came up with the Button Up Bloomers outfit:
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The top is a simple tie tank and rather unoriginal, but the shorts, oh how I LOVE these shorts!! They are totally retro with their four big buttons.

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They are made from one single pattern piece and are incredibly comfy

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No getting in the way of any playing here!

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Because it is made from one pattern piece there are no seams tugging or pulling, even on a chubby bum.

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What absolutely AMAZED me was that unlike every single other item I have ever made Evie she did not fight me at all to put it on!

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I was absolutely floored! She didn’t cry and try to get it off or anything. She immediately ran off and made a new friend

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I absolutely love how they look in the fabulous fabric Ashley sent, flower overlay, such cool fabric. I actually used the wrong side of the fabric just to added some pop to the top.

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My husband actually asked if I put the shirt on backwards ha! I am so excited to share the tutorial and pattern with you! Hope on over to Sewing In No Mans Land to see both!

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Thank you soooo much Ashley for the fabulous fabric and a much needed visit to the beach….

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Even if it did means some sand munching ha!

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Thank you so much Kelly! Fabulous and amazing as always!
Stay tuned for another creation using the same fabric tomorrow by Adrianna from Crafterhours!

WWYM – A Creative Challenge

I love shopping for fabric….and I love dreaming up new projects for rare, unique finds. So I had this idea: What if I sent out the same exact fabric to a few creative bloggers? What would they make? How different would their creations be? Would they be inspired by what I sent? And so the WWYM creative challenge was born:


For the first challenge, I found this cool burnout cotton voile (apparently it had some synthetic content too….sorry Adrianna for the ironing issue!) and I asked 4 creative friends to make whatever their hearts desired with 2 yards of it:

I knew the fabric wouldn’t necessarily be something these ladies would ever pick for themselves….but that is the fun of it! All next week you will get to see what they made with it….so make sure to check in everyday! There will be a giveaway for 2 lucky readers on the last day for an identical bundle of fabric! We’ll call this challenge WWYM I.



More WWYM creative challenges to come!
Will you be next?

Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge Winners!

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Brought to you by:

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This challenge would not have been possible without the generous prize donations from these amazing sponsors:

Dharma Trading Co.: Online store carries a range of products from Dyes, Paints, and Chemicals to Fabrics, Clothing Blanks, and Tools and has been supplying artists for over 41 years!

Paint the Moon: Professional Photoshop actions and fine art textures to make your photos shine.

Sew Hip Magazine: The UK’s number one sewing magazine packed full of sewing patterns, techniques, tips and tricks, and fabulous features.

Above all Fabric: Online store carries designer fabric, notions, supplies, trims, ribbon and sewing patterns available for instant download.

Stephanie Corfee: Freelance artist and graphic designer, her work includes logos, print ads, web promotions and large format printing. Her artwork and illustrations can be described as bohemian, whimsical, and full of vibrant colors.

The challenge was to submit a design using at least one of the following techniques: Tie-Dye, Dyeing, Silk Painting, Fabric Painting, Batik, Marbling, Stamping, Transfers, Screen Printing, Felting or Embellishments.

We received 97 design entries!

You can click on the slideshow to go to the album to view all of the amazing creativity.

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Each judge brought a unique perspective to the Challenge so that no design style or color combination would be overlooked! Judges were looking for creativity, uniqueness, personality, etc. They had a tough decision to make!


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Winner of the:
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.

Vanessa of Punkin Patterns!
Check out her process for the Messenger Bag HERE

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Winner of the:

:: $50 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Above All Fabric
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Lil Blue Boo

Sarah from 2 Giggle Boxes!
Check out her process for the Seahorse Sunsuit HERE

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Winner of the:

:: $100 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.
:: Sew Hip Magazine: 1 International Yearly Subscription ($120 Value)
:: Paint the Moon Photography Actions Set for Photoshop or Elements ($50 Value)
:: $50 Gift Certificate from Above All Fabric
:: $50 Gift Certificate from Lil Blue Boo
:: Art print from artist Stephanie Corfee ($30 Value)


Gin from Earthtone!
Check out her process for the Chinese New Year Dress HERE

Congratulations Gin for winning the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Challenge!
The remaining entries that made up the TOP 10! In no particular order…

Katie

Andrea

Thank you to everyone that entered the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Challenge! We were so impressed!

Stay tuned for more fun contests and challenges soon!

This is NOT my Creative Estates post….

….I had to prepare you….because you KNOW Lisa took some amazing photos….I just haven’t had a chance to upload and write about all the fun yet! These are MY photos…from the infamous iPhone that I couldn’t figure out for 2 months. Melanie from Above All Fabric is my hero and figured out what was wrong and I was finally able to post some photos on Facebook and Twitter while I was at the Creative Estates conference the last few days.

In short:
1. I didn’t want to mix my lame iPhone photos with Lisa’s gorgeous SLR photos.
2. I feel so inspired to return back to my “old blogging roots” that I couldn’t wait to write about something….anything.
3. Creative Estates was…..the best. And I haven’t yet figured out how to put the whole experience into words…..

Here are my three….yes, THREE…..photos from the last few days:

Driving to the conference:


Lisa and I at the handmade market:


Here is Becky Higgins talking about balancing small business and motherhood. She and the rest of the panel (Melanie from Above All Fabric, Megan of Brassy Apple, and Becki of Whippy Cake) were super inspiring and gave a ton of practical advice:


I felt like the time just flew by and before I knew it the conference was over and I only got the chance to meet a handful of people!

My parents are visiting and this morning no one woke me up…..I slept until 10:30am….the latest I’ve slept in 4 years! Look….no puffy eyes:


Boo served me “breakfast” in bed:


We went for our daily donut…I haven’t had a donut in 3 days!


And then we lounged in the sunshine for the rest of the afternoon :)


Stay tuned for the REAL Creative Estates post in a day or so :)

Nautical, Sugar and Spice, and Bubbles!

There’s been lots of work and photography behind the scenes at Lil Blue Boo that I haven’t blogged about so here it goes :)

We can get pretty busy here keeping up the blog and the clothing line. Everything is handmade in-house so we are busy little bees. We create patterns from scratch, silk screen our own designs and clothing labels, sew and finish all items etc. It can get pretty overwhelming some days…..but I have a great little team of Lisa, Gicela, Dawn (and Boo of course) and everyone pitches in where they need to!

Here is our new favorite: The Sugar and Spice Tunic and Shorts


We screen print every single tunic the old fashioned way….no fancy machinery here!


Boo and I had a “practice” Easter hunt last weekend. She’s wearing a Vintage Lucy’s Easter T-shirt and our new Super Soft Asymmetric Leggings in Sage.


Boo’s adorable headband was made by my sister Perry from Perfectly Perrywinkle!

We have a new bubble dress style! This is the “Surely Temple” dress….Boo was taking some measurements:


A removable oversized bow:


The “Surely Temple” dress is a version of the Li’l Mod Rockwell dress that I made for Project Run and Play:

We LOVE our photography affiliates!

Here are some photos of our Golden Afternoon Bubble dress (now sold out) taken by Monika McSweeney Photography:

The “Sweet Matey” dress and “Sea Glass” leggings from our new nautical line! The anchor artwork was designed especially for Lil Blue Boo by Stephanie Corfee.

A new addition to our nautical line coming this week….the “Rock Lobster” ruffles and coordinating t-shirt. Beautiful photography by E. Miller Photography!


A few other amazing photos we’ve received recently:


Another tunic coming soon….they match our yellow/blue nautical shorts:

Love this photo of Boo’s hair getting in her way of hopscotch….these were some ruffle pants we offered recently (now sold out). The editing in the background is a Paint the Moon Photography texture!

Thanks to everyone who sent fabric donations for the girls at Three Angel’s Haiti Children’s Orphanage…..we are packing up the box to send beginning of next week! The school has 3 new machines for their sewing classes and sewing will be a life changing skill for many of these children!

Thank you to everyone who purchased patterns 2 weeks ago for Mercy Corps’s efforts in Japan. We raised $1,365!!!!


Last note, we love working with photographers! If you have an interest in becoming a Lil Blue Boo photography affiliate click below:

A Mermaid Tail for a Doll (with Pattern Download)

Boo’s favorite princess is Cinderella…..but Ariel is a close second. Her doll Li’l Sally has a Cinderella dress we made for her but Li’l Sally needed a mermaid outfit too! Here’s how we made the mermaid tail and you can even download the pattern template at the bottom of the post. This is a super simple project…..even if you’ve never sewn before!

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com

Step 1: Download and print out the template and use it to cut out two pieces for the front and the back of the tail:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
The template will work for several types of dolls. For skinnier dolls you might need to reduce the width slightly…just check that the doll looks like a reasonable fit:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Place your tail pieces right sides together and sew the sides and bottom closed using a 3/8″ seam.

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Place the tail on the doll and fold the waist down to the correct length (so the top of the tail hits the lower chest):

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Sew 3/4″ down from the top of the tail, leaving a 1″ gap, wide enough to thread elastic through:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Cut a 1/2″ piece of elastic long enough to fit around the doll’s waist….

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
….and use a safety pin to thread it through the casing:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Sew the elastic closed at the two ends and then sew the casing closed:


Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Stuff the tail with poly fil….

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….so it’s nice and plump:

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A finished mermaid tail!

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
We made Li’l Sally a simple bandeau top with a strip of knit fabric and cinched in in the center with another scrap. Boo made the little miniature shell necklace for her:

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“I love Li’l Sally as a mermaid! Can we make one for ME now?”

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