They are finally available! Lil Blue Boo graphics paired with silk screens! Click the photo below to see all the designs. 30% off all styles through tomorrow if you use the LABORDAYSALE code! You can even add text to them for personalization. I ordered the men’s style for myself because I love the Converse look:
Since I don’t play much golf these days, and Monday is Patriot Golf Day, I decided to do the next best thing and make the two dresses shown below to auction off with 100% of the proceeds going to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
This is such a great cause…..Folds of Honor provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. President George W. Bush was recently named the Honorary Chairman of Patriot Golf Day 2010 which benefits the organization:
**Fun fact: My sister Perry is the girl hitting the golf ball the 11 second mark!
These one-of-a-kind upcycled dresses were made from golf shirts and a few of my silk screens. The second one features 13 silk screened stars representing the 13 folds of the flag folding ritual for our fallen heros…read more about the significance here. Click on each dress to view the auction listing! The auctions end on Monday.
Introducing…..the finalists for the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Great Ugly Knit Upcycle! The judges (Amy, Ashley, Kari, and Rachel) had a really hard time narrowing all the great entries down to the final 15! Thank you judges! And great job to everyone that entered!
Please cast your vote in the sidebar to the right for your favorite “ugly to beautiful” transformation!! A list of prizes are at the bottom of the bottom of the post. Voting ends at midnight September 9th! Note: the entries are anonymous but I’ll add links when the voting is closed.
#1 Back to School
A pile of outdated knits turned into an adorable back to school outfit!
#2 Cowgirl Skirt and Headband
Four ordinary, tacky shirts were used to create ruffles for this precious skirt…and even the scraps were used for shirt detail and hair piece.
#3 Embroidered Monkey Jumper
Two boring brown shirts were transformed with a touch of bright pink and a little embroidered monkey applique. Extra details include metallic gold thread for the crown and hot pink rick rack.
#4 T-shirt Snake
A bunch of green T-shirts from the donate pile and a pregnancy pillow made this fantastic toy snake for a playroom.….so much more fun than a beanbag!
#5 Boring Tees to Boxer Briefs
Ugly, boring tees transformed into to awesome boxer briefs. Other than the original knit tees, the only additional materials are the elastic at the waistband and the thread they were sewn with.
#6 Refashioned Romper
A plain vanilla cabled sweater refashioned into a precious sweater romper!
#7 Toddler Ruffle Dress
A stained, long-sleeve maternity t-shirt was transformed into an beautiful toddler dress covered in ruffles!
#8 Upcycled Gauchos
A pile of old T-shirts ready for Goodwill were begging to become this trendy pair of trousers!
#9 Applique T-shirt Pillow Cover
Ugly tees transformed into appliqued red/white snowflakes and trim for this decorative pillow!
#10 Dress With Matching Flower Headband
Boring tees from the “throw out” pile were made into this adorable dress and headband!
#11 Recycled Haute Couture
Outdated knits are now “recyclé haute couture” …… perfect for shopping for baguettes and stinky cheese in the streets of Paris.
#12 Eco-friendly Waldorf-Style Doll
An ugly old stained white t-shirt was dyed to become the body of an eco-friendly Waldorf-style doll. An ugly pile of wool became the stuffing and the hair yarns were from the trash pile!
#13 Cowl Neck Toddler Sweatshirt
An outdated sweatshirt transformed into a stylish toddler cowl neck!
#14 Knit Flower Pins
A little boys sweater vest was made into 2 stunning flower pins….the perfect upcycled accessories!
#15 Bunny and Dress
An unsightly peach merino wool was dyed into a perfect “bunny” color and made into this cute stuffed toy. Ugly knits made the cute dress and matching carrot.
Today was Boo’s first day back at school! Of all the beautiful clothing I’ve made her…she picked her Pinto halter dress from last year that she’s pretty much grown out of and a pair of cropped white pants. I cleaned her Unicorn Crocs to shiny new appearance (magic erasers are great for this), packed a nutritious lunch and we were set to go!
My new backdrop for clothing photos……look familiar?
Yesterday was Boo’s school open house! I actually was able to get her out of her new wardrobe of “just underwear like Daddy” (disclaimer: Mr. Lil Blue Boo DOES wear more than just underwear during the day) and into a dress. She wouldn’t let me brush her hair but I pick my battles carefully…..and, well, brushing our hair just wasn’t important yesterday. She was SO excited to meet her new teacher! I can’t wait to have some free time to get more projects done!
My friend Lisa (from Ellebows) sent me this adorable photo of her daughter Elle wearing the Lil “Bleu” Boo set I made recently. Elle was born to wear a beret:
Coming this week? Lil Blue Boo Shoes…..complete with Lil Blue Boo screen prints! Eeeep! So excited about these!
A sneak peek of a beautiful photo shoot by Misty Smith and her daughter Keeley for Lil Blue Boo Clothing. I just love it. Misty is super talented and I love her photography style! Stay tuned for the rest of the photos! Only a few of these horse dresses left in the shop!
Hope you are having a great weekend!
Inspired by my Paper Doll Dress pattern……
I made a new little nesting doll graphic for some doll dresses…..introducing Li’l Mei (modeled by Li’l Sally, Boo’s Apple Tree House Waldorf-style doll):
You can use my pirate matryoshka tutorial (with download as well) to learn how to transfer image to doll clothes, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants etc. Feel free to use the graphic for your own creations….just remember that it is for personal use only! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! (Click the link below if you have trouble viewing the graphic)
Pair Li’l Mei with some cherry blossom fabric and you’ve got an adorable combo!
My sister reminded me of something the other day…..that we used to have an “crafts” room in our house growing up. It was a designated room where my mother kept her sewing machine and all the other projects she was working on. It was overflowing with silk flowers, fabric, thread, craft paints etc……and none of it was ever off limits. We were allowed to go through any of my mother’s things and use whatever we wanted…..it made us fearless when it came to creating.
Growing up my mother was always making drapes, comforters, pillows, and flower arrangements for our house. I can picture her repainting the kitchen cabinets, weeding 2 acres of landscaping by herself, and sewing clothes for us. She was super woman….and I wanted to be just like her:
She would illustrate everything from handwritten notes and cards to my baby book with little characters. She still to this day sends letters and cards with little cartoons drawn inside them. She draws little cartoon stories with Boo when she comes to visit.
I wasn’t always thrilled about clothing items she made me (that’s me in the center, my sister is on the left, my brother is pretending to be a robot…eek)…but I can appreciate the handmade love put into them.
Who has influenced your creativity?
On our road trip this summer I found some hair accessories in a store that were tie dyed…but they were so expensive I was determined to make a bunch of them myself!
The perfect ponytail holder:
Foldover (FOE) elastic is perfect for accessories because it is extremely strong, it has high elasticity and you can dye it! The biggest plus? It doesn’t get tangled in hair easily…and with Boo’s crazy hair we love “friendly” elastic. It’s also nice that foldover elastic costs about 30 to 50 cents a yard.
First, I took the elastic:
I mixed up a small amount of pink and purple fabric dye in two squirt bottles….
I added a small amount of dye fixative to a bucket of cool water……
Note: This tutorial is only recommended for accessories. Many types of elastic will not hold dye due to their fiber content. The foldover/satin elastic typically has enough natural fiber in it to react to dye.
I took a day trip to L.A. last week to pick up some fall fabrics…so inspired by all these prints…..now I just need more time to sew:
The second I got home from the long drive I knew exactly what I wanted to make first. A 3/4-sleeve fall tunic inspired by Alexander McQueen’s butterfly dresses (after watching some Rachel Zoe this week):
Of course I picked up a few random finds in L.A……some wool yarn for a new custom doll by AppleTreeHouse:
I just finished and listed these limited edition fall “Calico Pony” silk screened dresses. There are just a few random sizes left in the shop right now:
Some new fan photos!
I just LOVE this one of the new Lil “Bleu” Boo collection pieces. How cute is Miss Sydney in her beret and glasses! There are just a few smaller sizes left of this:
I’m 100% positive that Harrison is already some breaking hearts……he’s so adorable in his corduroy blazer and a Lil Blue Boo upcycled hat! I’m not even going to show Boo this photo….she’ll have her first crush!