The Super Simple Summer Dress (A Tutorial)

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

One of Boo’s favorite little dresses is one that Lisa made for her almost 2 years ago…..Boo is STILL wearing it and it just keeps getting shorter and shorter on her. The dress was made from a Dubble Bubble t-shirt and 2 layers of fabric on the bottom.  So super simple!

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

To make a similer super simple summer dress, all you need is a ready made tank top and a small amount of fabric. I used my new Silhouette machine to cut a design for the front to match!

First, I started with just a store bought tank top and cut off the bottom hem:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used smooth heat transfer paper…..

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

….and a floral image download to embellish the front of the tank:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The Silhouette machine did the hard part:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I cut around the image leaving a small border and peeled off the excess heat transfer material:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I placed the heat transfer face down onto the tank….

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

….covered it with a cloth and ironed (on cotton setting) to adhere the image to the tank:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The finished heat transfer!

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make the 2-layer bottom portion of the dress I took two different fabrics and cut them to be different lengths. Just for reference, I used a 4T tank top and cut 2 pieces for the first layer 24″ x 11″ and 2 pieces for the second layer 24″ x 7″.

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I cut 2 pieces of each fabric layer and sewed the ends shut:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Using a serger I finished the bottom hems of each layer:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

And added a gathering stitch to the top of each layer:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Pulling the bobbin thread I gathered each layer to be the same width as the bottom of the tank top and placed the bottom layer inside the top layer:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I turned the bottom layers inside out and  inserted the tank top straight down into them so that the tank and fabric were right sides together:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Using my serger (or you can use a single needle) I attached all three layers together:

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once attached, the skirt flips down and the dress is finished!

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So sweet and easy!

 

Super Simple Summer Dress using a tank top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

Printed Canvas Bunting (A Tutorial)

The first thing I made with my new Silhouette machine was this printed canvas bunting! I downloaded 2 different bunting graphics from the Silhouette online store and had the machine cut out the designs on vinyl:

 

 

I placed the vinyl cutout onto a basic screen. The bunting is a “positive” image so I had to cut a few pieces of vinyl to create an outline around it:

 

 

I used a large canvas tablecloth for my fabric. First I did a row of charcoal colored flags in one design:

 

Then I did a second design in hot pink:

 

I was tempted to silk screen the entire table cloth with this print and leave it at that!

 

 

I cut out each flag:

 

 

I left the edges of the flags raw…..the ink keeps them from fraying:

 

I used a 1/4″ ribbon as the string……

 

……and sewed each flag to it along the top:

 

 

So festive! An easy way to decorate for a party or just spruce up a room or table:

 

 

For more on screen printing and where to buy supplies check out my other detailed tutorials:

 

The Casbah Carryall (and my new Silhouette!)

I started a new project……

 

……inspired by my new Silhouette machine!

 

 

I knew exactly what I wanted to try first…..I had the machine cut out a bunting design (a download from the Silhouette store) onto vinyl adhesive:

 

 

Here’s the cutout on the screen. Since the cut is a “positive” cut, I added pieces of vinyl to outline the bunting triangle…….

 

 

……and masked the other areas of the screen:

 

Now I just have to finish the rest of the pieces today:

 

 

I’ve been ready to release a new carryall pattern and as I silk screened I decided to use the bunting design to make myself a new bag! I silk screened the design on a canvas tablecloth and then cut out the pattern pieces.

 

 

I love wearing white all summer and this bag will be perfect to compliment it!

 

Love how detailed the Silhouette can cut!

 

The Casbah Carryall is the perfect design for a tote, handbag, beach bag, grocery bag etc. 8 pages of instructions and 8 pattern pages…..great for any level. It’s in the shop now!

I’m giving away 2 free patterns  so leave a comment to be entered! (Giveaway ends Tuesday night at 12pm PST)

 

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNERS ARE #3 Debra, and #102 Lily. PLEASE EMAIL LISA {AT} LILBLUEBOO {DOT} COM TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE!

 

 

 

Boo Style

“Please take a picture of me with my new family”

Romper: Lil Blue Boo Blue Label (you can make your own too)
Shoes: Dragonfly Mary Janes by Snanimals

Somehow this “mini cone” didn’t make a “mini mess”……

 

 

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Baker’s Twine Art

Baker's Twine Art (great for recording first signatures) #mothersday via lilblueboo.com

 

I recently came across Debbie Smyth’s art on Pinterest…..and was floored. It is AMaZinG. She draws with thread. I would LOVE to own one of these pieces!

 

Photo source Debbie Smyth

Photo source Debbie Smyth

 

I have all this beautiful baker’s twine (from the Twinery) and decided to try some thread art myself:

 

I found this paper where Boo wrote her full name “Sienna” for the first time last year:

 

….and made it into artwork using twine:

These shadow boxes are on clearance at Michael’s right now for $5:

I used white spray paint to cover the brown frame:

 

 

I took out the foam back of the shadow box and replaced it with an 8″x10″ piece of hardboard:

 

I marked dots on Boo’s letters at every twist, curve and turn:

I taped the paper to the top of the hard board and nailed a 3/4″ brad nail into each dot:

 

Lots o’ nails:

 

Once all the nails were in place I carefully pulled off the paper:

 

 

Then I took baker’s twine, knotted it around one nail and then started to wind and loop the twine back and forth around the nails to form each letter:

 

I used different colors to make it more whimsical:

Boo is much better at writing her name now but still gets her “e” backwards every once in a while. This writing was from a year ago and it is forever sculpted in thread:

 

Father’s Day is coming up! How about some baker’s twine art made from one of your child’s drawings!

 

The Ruffle Bustle Skirt

I’m a guest over at Grosgrain today for Free Pattern Month Day 14! Make sure to visit to see all the great patterns…..there’s a new free pattern every single day this month! Look at all these goodies so far (click to image to visit Grosgrain):

 

My contribution is the Ruffle Bustle Skirt (you might remember this design from WAY back….. SYTYC Contest November 2009. This is a fun, flirty knit skirt with a yoga style “fold over”  waistband. The ruffled bustle is perfect for using up those small knit scraps you might have laying around.

 

 

Download the complete PDF pattern and tutorial by clicking the cover below:

The Maliboo Romper

Introducing….a new Lil Blue Boo sewing pattern just in time for summer…..The Maliboo Romper!  Approved by Boo herself:

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

I love the proportions of this cute little romper and the pattern is so easy you can sew one of these knit rompers in under an hour….using a serger or regular single needle sewing machine. I’ve included step-by-step photos to help beginners and an idea book for the more advanced! 12 pattern pages that print out on regular 8.5″x11″ paper and tape together for sizes 6-12M, 12-18M, 18-24M, 2T/3T, 3T/4T, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12.

 

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

Love the spin that Katherine, one of my pattern testers, put on it by adding ruffles:

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

 

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

Adorable as a play romper or as a bathing suit coverup for the beach! It is just so darn comfortable too. And if you don’t sew? Good news….I’m making them for the shop too (and listing one-of-a-kinds on Blue Label).

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

 

 

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