Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress

I made this new dress for Boo using the same reverse stenciling technique that I used for last winter’s snowflake dress. It is a quick and foolproof way to make a quick unique dress. This would be a great project for a tween/teen party!


Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via

Materials I used:
Plain white spaghetti strap cotton dress from Dharma Trading
Liquid fabric paint* in spray bottles
Plastic stencil (the butterfly one is from Tattered Angels

*The paint I recommend is Dyn-A-Flow because it is more of a dye…..but you can try diluting regular fabric paint as long as there isn’t too much pigment in it to clog up your sprayer.

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I put the stencil on the dress and sprayed enough of the fabric paint to leave the image behind:

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Then I would blot the stencil dry with a paper towel and move it to another area of the dress and use my blue color. Where the pink and blue colors come into contact the pretty purple starts to form:

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Every so often instead of blotting the excess spray off the stencil…..


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……..I would just flip it over and put it on another part of the dress and use my paper towel to press it into the dress….

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……leaving the excess ink behind and a layered effect.

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I kept repeating this process over and over (letting the dress dry when the fabric got overly damp) until I got a medium pink, blue and purple mottled look. Then I used a black Fabric Mate Pen to draw a few butterfly outlines onto the dress.

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I ironed the entire dress to set the colors.

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Finished dress!

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Happy Boo:

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Mother’s Day = Clean Slate

Happy Mother’s Day! Sending a little love to all of the wonderful mothers out there!

I’m thankful for my wonderful mother…who I appreciate more than ever now that I have my own child.

I’m also thankful for the most wonderful mother-in-laws: Kathy and Gale. They are both the most accepting, supportive women and I am so blessed to have them in my life.

Most of all I’m thankful for my little spitfire princess Boo. Being a mother to her has made my life complete.

Of course I’m not relaxing on Mother’s Day….I’m doing what I love to do! Mr. Lil Blue Boo and Boo spent the weekend cleaning out my new Lil Blue Boo sewing studio, installing lighting and building shelves….the BEST Mother’s Day present ever. We have an attached guest house that has always been storage and I’ve decided it is time to move all my work into there since I’ve taken over the house.

Here is what it looks like now…..a big clean slate!

Now I get to move all of THIS in there this week!

Mini Mini-Me

A few months ago a customer asked me to send some dress scraps to Debra at Apple Tree House so that her daughter’s doll could arrive with a matching outfit. Since then it’s been in the back of my mind to make some matching doll clothes to a few dresses. I’m wondering how much more work can I possibly create for myself: Boo has to match me, I have to match Boo, now we both have to match the doll?!

I remember begging my mother to buy me nightgowns at Richway when I was little that came with an identical doll-sized versions for my Cabbage Patch Kid doll… was a big deal. I LOVE the little perfect miniature creations that Melanie makes for her Melamoose Co Etsy store (they sell out immediately) and we’ve been talking about a collaboration. I decided to test it out with a twirl skirt and top. This is Abby….she’s a 15″ Pottery Barn doll:

It is a mini version of this larger twirl skirt:

Here is a photo of the new owner of the twirl skirt: Haven. She is a 15″ Bamboletta doll. SO cute! Thanks for the photo Carli!

I made a cute matching set featuring my ladybug silk screen…..and Boo confiscated it immediately. She could care less about dolls and doll clothes UNLESS they are perfect little clones….then she’ll spend all day with them! Here she is begging me not to sell it…..she rarely asks for anything, so of course I caved. She’s worn it everyday this week!

Abby is a great model. I just hold her by the hair and dangle her in front of the camera. Much easier than a human model.

We are waiting on our 10″ doll from Apple Tree House to size clothing for smaller dolls!

I couldn’t resist a Matryoshka silk screen with matching mini-me version:

Changing the subject….I finally started incorporating my new LBB Signature Print into some dresses. I’ve narrowed it down to three favorites for the name (to win the summer scarf)…..which do you like the best?

1. Easy as Pi
2. Q-T-Pi
3. Batik Geek

Flashback: Last summer I launched my Halter Dress Pattern. I was looking through my photos and just loved these. Had to share. Boo looks so young and her hair is so short! If you are looking for an easy beginner pattern for some summer dresses, this one is perfect.

One LAST announcement:

Do you have a Lil Blue Boo long sleeved dress from my shop that you want your little one to wear into the summer!? You still have a few days left to send them in to have the sleeves shortened for summer free of charge! (Must be postmarked by May 15th and include a postage paid return envelope) Contact me if you need my P.O. address.

10 Minute Knit Summer Cowl Scarf (A Tutorial)

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My desert wardrobe gets a little boring: tank top, jeans and flip flops….year round.

I made this easy cowl scarf out of some taupe tie dyed knit to spruce it up a bit.

First, I cut 2 long strips of knit, each measuring about 36″ x 8″:


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I used my serger to sew the long sides together with contrasting bright thread:


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Next, I twisted the scarf in the center, matched up the ends and sewed them together:


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Lastly, I used my serger to finish all the way around the edge of the scarf:

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Easy! Mix it up by using contrasting fabrics for each strip!



Upcycled / Recycled T-Shirt Bangles (Tutorial) and Weekend Stuff…..

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I’ve got a LOT of scraps. So I’m always trying to come up with a way to use them. I made a few fabric bangles. For the larger bangles, I used Vanessa’s (from V&Co) tutorial (which you can find here). I used a bunch of different weight knits for a “wonky” effect. The braided bangle I made with the steps outlined below.

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I used spandex knit leftovers that would curl and cut three long pieces:

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Since I didn’t have a clipboard (like we used in high school to make friendship bracelets), I attached the three pieces to my shoe using a safety pin. Then I braided all three together:

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I created a loop large enough for wrist to fit into (the spandex will stretch) and sewed the two pieces together making sure to sew through each strand. Then I cut off the excess.

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Lastly I took a contrasting piece of knit and tied it around to hide the stitching.

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Mix-matched upcycled / recycled t-shirt bangles!

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Wear one at a time or wear a few at a time like I did below:

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P.S. It is really hard to get a photo of a bracelet with a pile of laundry on the floor… camera kept focusing on the pile, not the bangle. Keeping it real…..yes, my bathroom is a mess.

Hope you are having a great weekend! I had two Lil Blue Boo Studio “drop ins” today for some custom clothes. My customer/designer Mia combined three shirts and some trim to make a custom, upcycled tank. I LOVE “drop ins” to my studio. Look how proud she looks! I made zero design choices…..she picked out everything.

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Also….I have a 3-day listing up: LOVE HOO YOU ARE! 100% of net proceeds go to the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware as part of Team Anna’s Bananas goal! The shirt was donated by a customer Julie (picked out by her daughters). Anna is one of my favorite (out of many….ok, all are my favorite) little fashionista’s and since I can’t make it to Delaware to walk:

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Hope you had a great weekend!

LBB Signature Fabric

I’ve been wanting to do an exclusive signature fabric for my Lil Blue Boo dresses for a while now. I finally got around to it!

The design is all hand drawn using a sharpie and then burned onto a silk screen frame (see my screenprinting 101 tutorial here). I wanted to work in some things I love so it includes the number Pi (as many decimal places I could fit), roman numerals, Chinese number characters and a few other surprises throughout. I was a math major and studied the Chinese language in China so I’ve got some random “loves”.

Note: I wanted to add in some trigonometry, prime numbers etc…..but then I thought the dresses might be banned as “cheat sheets” from school.

Speaking of Pi: I love this link which is a catchy recitation of it. I think I could memorize at least the first 100 decimal places of Pi if I listened to it enough ;) I am a little obsessed with all things geeky. Geek is the new chic right?

I love busy, intricate prints and have a hard time finding the perfect prints for the dresses I make… why not make my own? Stay tuned as I begin to incorporate the new prints into Lil Blue Boo clothing!

10,000 years ago…..

…there was probably a lake or ocean here. Thank you ancient lake for leaving all this sand behind in the desert and giving me a sandy back drop for a “beachy” photo shoot. I found this sea shell (slightly cheesy) printed knit to make some dresses out of… I lugged my camera along to the park for some photos this morning.


Let me make one thing clear: I am not a photographer. I pretty much take 400 photos, on every possible setting, and hope for one or two to turn out.


Our photo shoots are kind of hysterical….it is mostly myself trying to get Boo to copy something I do. She refuses to look at the camera. Today I resorted to throwing rocks into bushes to get her to look another direction.


Here I was preparing to take the perfect photo…..and she fell backwards out of the picture:


We play for a while and then I realize I’ve overstayed my welcome……and we’ve missed the beginning of nap-time:


Graffiti Shoes (A Tutorial)

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My daughter is outgrowing shoes so fast I can barely keep up! Now I just stock up on plain converse style sneakers and we decorate them ourselves to make one-of-a-kind, personalized “art” for her feet. We get compliments on them wherever we go! People always ask her to stop so they can read the words.

Materials needed:
:: Glittery puffy paints
:: Sharpies and fabric markers
:: Acrylic paints or fabric paints

For this pair of graffiti shoes I started with a plain pair of black shoes:

Step 1: I covered the edges of the white rubber with scotch tape (which sticks well to rubber)….

….and then added the masking tape to cover the larger areas. I put crumpled up paper towels in the inside to keep paint out.

Step 2: I used gesso to cover the shoes in white splotches, but you can use white acrylic or fabric paint.

Step 3: I started randomly covering the shoes in various bright colors…..

……and adding some white back in.

Step 4: I brought out the sharpies:

I added words around the shoes in black marker and then used different color sharpies to color around them.

Step 5: I used a small paint brush to keep adding in bright colors. The key is to just keep layering and changing your mind on words and colors……like graffiti. Great graffiti is made of layers over layers over layers!

Step 6: I used a silver metallic sharpie to clean up some of the edges of my images and words.

Step 7: Once the main portions of the shoes were finished I used a glitter puffy paint and made rows of dots along the toe (note: you will have to scuff the toes and prime first for the paint to stick)……

…and randomly around the shoes. Let these dry and they will be a big glob of shiny glitter!

The finished shoes!


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Asymmetric Lil Blue Boo

So it started with one top for Boo. The idea was a racer back muumuu …..floaty and lightweight for summer. I came across this fabric that reminded me of vintage Palm Springs resort style (or cushions on an episode of Mad Men) and combined it with some of my own silk screens…I dig it. I even managed to get a few good photos this morning at the park despite her being tired and grumpy. I love this style so much.

Here are a few that I added yesterday. I’ve been experimenting with some new bamboo fabrics…..loving how soft they are… butter. Some of the dresses have some upcycled pieces, others are 100% new. If I can find some help soon I’d love to start adding some adult sizes too… dorky as it sounds, I love matching with my daughter ;) As always, I try to add a few every day to my Lil Blue Boo Clothing shop….so if they are all sold out just keep checking (or check Facebook to see when I am listing them).

A letter from an imaginary friend…..

A few months back my friend Shari asked if I could write a letter to her daughter Finley from her imaginary friend Soren Lorensen. I finally got around to it:

It took SO long for me to get to it I had to come up with an elaborate plan to explain the delay! “Soren” explains to Finley in the letter that he was traveling the world and forgot about the letters in his backpack.

I included letters and postcards that “Soren” wrote while traveling the world (complete with fake postmarks and stamps)……

… a little metal box of trinkets and gifts he picked up for Finley along the way.

Each letter corresponds with a trinket or gift and has a story behind it:

Letter 1: Soren visits “the beach” and collects seashells
Stamped and postmarked from Canada (you can get fake stamps and postmarks at your craft or scrapbook store), the envelope features a generic beach photo

Letter 2: Soren visits an “elephant” store and purchases some elephant gifts

Letter 3: Soren visits a farm, befriends a small mouse, and they both clean out a smelly pig pen.
Soren mentions in the letter that they had to wear clothespins on their nose, one for Soren, one for the itty bitty mouse!

Letter 3: Soren visits Australia and picks up some stickers and animal medallions in the hotel gift shop.
Stamped and postmarked from Australia.

Letter 4 (postcard): Soren runs out of money and gets a job at an eraser factory for a day, they pay him in erasers
I designed and printed out the company logo and pasted it to the front of the postcard.

Letter 5 (postcard): Soren visits Japan and China and picks up some
origami paper.
I made the postcard by pasting a note card to the back of some pretty origami paper. Used a sticker for the stamp/postmark.

And a few extra trinkets just for fun: a superhero necklace (see tutorial here) and a tiny origami crane.

I had so much fun putting this together the last day or so. It is kind of like a scavenger hunt in an envelope…..Finley will have to guess which gifts go with each letter!

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