Folding Fabric

I couldn’t function yesterday morning. The house was a wreck. I spent ALL day cleaning and organizing to get everything back in order. Somewhere in between polishing the refrigerator and putting away laundry, I took every piece of fabric I own off the shelves in my studio and began folding. I snuck a few TV shows in while I did it (Criminal Minds, CSI NY, a random Lifetime movie).

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I can’t believe how many fabrics I had forgotten I had. So many projects I had planned but never got to. Plus…. perfectly folded fabric just looks so pretty, right?
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Etsy Additions plus ElleBows!

These dresses and tops are now in my Etsy store. Lisa of ElleBows made adorable little matching ElleBlooms for each one! I’m have a hard time parting with them……seriously.
Etsy Additions plus ElleBows via
I listed these two as well, but without ElleBlooms….sniff.
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Boutique: Done

Last night was the Artisan & Commodities Girls Night Out in downtown La Quinta. It was a really small crowd but lots of fun. The food and frozen margaritas were the best part! I had a little table with some clothes, nursery art, portraits and blog info.

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It wasn’t really the “handmade” clothes or sewing crowd, so I didn’t sell many clothing items or patterns. I put them all in my Lil Blue Boo Etsy Shop. I did talk to a bunch of people about portraits and nursery commissions and gave out a ton of cards.
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My awesomely supportive sweet hubby stopped by after picking Sienna up from school and surprised me. Sienna was very uncooperative with picture taking! It was REALLY hot so I had to put my hair up. Does my top look familiar?
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I have the most supportive friends too! You might know Lisa from ElleBows? She made adorable bows to go with the little dresses and tops I brought. Leslie has the oldest sewing machine known to mankind with “ONE stitch option” and she still volunteers to be one of my pattern testers!  Emily has her own little craft blog and is the best cook! Thanks you guys for helping and watching the booth! Here we are at the end of the night:
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The night was a success but I am over the “boutique” thing for a while. At the end of the night as I was loading up my car battery decided to die! Some kids hanging out at the liquor store across the street heard the car die and must have been bored beyond belief because they came over and asked if they could jump it. They were SO nice and polite and helpful and I had to FORCE them to take money for their trouble. They used their Ipods/Iphones to light up the engine to see what they were doing….very surreal.

Need toothpicks……

…to hold my eyes open. I am pooped. My day was a blur. My mother-in-law took my daughter for her first mani-pedi this morning so I’d have some time to work…Sienna waited by the door for an hour in anticipation…ready with her purse, toy cell and laptop. I peeked in her purse….8 erasers, one outlet safety plug, a rubber band, a small plastic dog, and some cookie crumbs….very important stuff.
Here is some sewing I did today for the boutique tomorrow:
A peasant dress (from the Leila and Ben pattern)…..
Need toothpicks peasant dress from the Leila and Ben pattern via
….with little black and white bows at the sleeves.
Need toothpicks peasant dress from the Leila and Ben pattern with bows via
I call this one the “Sound of Music” peasant top….because I made it from some leftover drapery material. If no one buys this I am definitely keeping it for Sienna to wear this fall.
Sound of music peasant top via
This dress was made from the scraps of 4 different t-shirts using the Sienna Dress pattern. I stenciled the stars.
Sienna dress using four different t-shirts via
I might have to keep this one too. So much for running a business…..
Sienna dress keeper using four different t-shirts via
After everyone went to bed tonight, I painted 5,000 little dots on an assembly line of nursery paintings.
Nursery painting dots via
I know I haven’t visited many of you or returned emails the past couple days! I plan to catch up at the end of the week….so sorry! I don’t like feeling out of touch. Thank you all so much for your nice comments and encouragement. Hope you have a great night!

Halloween Batik Toddler Top

I found this amazing batik fabric at Joann’s the other day and immediately knew what I was going to make with it! I made this peasant top for Boo and another one for the boutique I am going to this Wednesday. It is a very subtle “Halloween” outfit which is totally my style. My friend Lisa over at ElleBows is going to make some ElleBlooms to match! I used the same pattern that I used for the Coffee Sack Dress and shortened it.

Halloween Batik Toddler Top via
I love the spiderweb design.

Halloween Batik Toddler Top 2 via
I’m experimenting with new Lil Blue Boo garment labels too. They are a little plain but I’m liking them! I used this tutorial from Pepperberry as a starting point….

Halloween Batik Toddler Top 3 via
If the dress doesn’t sell at the boutique I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop.

Our Weekend of Making Stuff

My sister Perry and her fiance Justin were here this week for the LPGA qualifying. We spent this weekend hanging out and while the guys watched football and Sienna napped…..Perry and I made stuff.
I already posted the coffee sack dress. Here is another piece of clothing I made for Sienna (it won’t get cool here for a while)……by adding a patch to a Target tank top:
Our Weekend of Making Stuff via
I added a little tiny patch to the back of the shirt:
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The patches are from this adorable little book of Sukie iron-ons that I picked up at Barnes & Noble last week. I love everything in this book! They are a little difficult to use… have to use lots of pressure and they work best on smooth, light colored fabric.
Our Weekend of Making Stuff 3 via
Here is Perry sewing a halter top in my messy studio:
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I made her model it outside so I could get a cute photo.
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We miss you already Perry and Justin!  XOXO
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A Coffee Sack Dress

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I think it is so funny when people say “oh, she’d look cute even in a potato sack.” I decided to put it to the test. I love the look of burlap coffee sacks….so I created my own coffee sack out of soft cotton and turned it into a dress.

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I used one of my favorite patterns: the Leila & Ben Sweet Dress (you can find it here).

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Using a few different lettering stencils, I drew some “coffee” info onto the cotton using a disappearing ink pen. Once I was happy with the way it looked I used a black Fabric Mate pen to color it permanent.

A Coffee Sack Dress stencil via
Here is the front and the back of the dress before sewing:

A Coffee Sack Dress stencil front and back via
Closeup of the lettering on the front:

A Coffee Sack Dress lettering closeup via
Lettering on the back says “Superior Organic”:

A Coffee Sack Dress lettering on back via
I added a row of orange and white mattress ticking in the dress. Then used some leftover fabric for a frayed flower. The center of the flower is a fabric button I made that reads “coffee” (and the disappearing ink line hadn’t quite disappeared by photo time).

A Coffee Sack Dress mattress ticking and a flower via
The finished dress:

A Coffee Sack Dress finished via
I made actually cut the dress to be shorter so Sienna could wear it as a top over jeans. It is so cute as a little dress that I am making bloomers out of the orange and white mattress ticking for her to wear until it gets cooler. (Tip: Freeze your GoGurt’s so they aren’t messy!)

A Coffee Sack Dress frozen GoGurt via

California Dresses

I love how Julie over at Joy’s Hope mixed up the straps on these halter dresses! She made them so fun!

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P.S. I’m not just sending you over there to read the nice comments she made about my pattern….Julie made these dresses so cute and unique! I want them!

In the weeds….

I’m in the weeds. I love using that phrase. I used it all the time back in my investment banking days. I’ve got a local boutique show “Artisans & Commodities” in a few days. But here is where I am struggling… Lil Blue Boo blog has become a place where my painting, sewing, crafting, Lil Golf Girl, homemaking, journaling can come together. Outside of the blog world though it is hard to pinpoint what I do… I a painter? am I a crafter? am I a pattern maker? What am I? How do I reconcile all of it into one? What do I take to a boutique? How about everything!
All day I’ve been:
….putting tags onto Lil Golf Girl shirts….
In the weeds lil golf girl shirts via
….putting tags on nursery art….
In the weeds nursery art via
….pulling out different portraits, nursery paintings to show examples of commissioned work….
In the weeds portraits and paintings via
…..sending patterns off to my rockin’ printer Plan-It Reprographics to be printed and bound….
In the weeds patterns via
….pulling out signage to make sure it hasn’t been crushed in storage….
In the weeds signage via
Look at these great t-shirt colors I found today. Now all I want to do is some sewing.
In the weeds t-shirt colors via
So that is it for today. Sorry, not much new to share. Now I’ve got to take a break….and start getting dinner ready. My sister and fiance are still visiting. I’m off to pick up Sienna and get groceries for fish tacos! Yum!
Have a wonderful Friday night!

The Sienna Dress

Update: The Sienna Dress Pattern is now available in the pattern shop! Giveaway winners (jellaan and roseylittlethings) at the bottom of the post! Thanks everyone for the entries and nice comments!
If you’ve followed me for a while you know how much I love using old t-shirts to make clothing for my daughter……but I like to make them with a pattern so the pieces look finished and boutique. I spend weeks and weeks on a pattern to get it just right. I love adding in tons of options to make a pattern versatile and customizable. I love finding ways to use existing seams and hems to minimize the amount of sewing. And then, after a gazillion versions are created in every size by myself and my fabulous testers, I can finally share it:
The Sienna Dress

I love this dress because it is so versatile. Options include: short sleeve, long sleeve, bell sleeve, tapered sleeve, bottom ruffle, and others. Use your old college t-shirts, tie-dye and other knits to make your little girl the coolest wardrobe ever.

Thank you Nicole, Shari, Angie, Deanna, Becky, Lisa, & Leslie for all of your sewing and help with this pattern!

The Sienna Dress via
The Sienna Dress is now in the Lil Blue Boo Etsy Shop along with the new Paper Doll Dress pattern. But of course I’ll give away a few first!
You’ll find the giveaway info at the bottom of the post after some cute photos! There were too many cute dresses to show, but check out the Lil Blue Boo Flickr Gallery soon for more!
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The Sienna Dress PDF pattern & tutorial includes:
:: 26 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
:: 71 full color images, diagrams and drawings to demonstrate pattern specifics
:: 7 pattern pages which include separate patterns for sizes 6-12M, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5 & 6
:: Options for sleeve lengths and bell sleeves or tapered sleeves
:: Options for customizing your dress by adding a ruffle and adding your own graphics
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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED (originally posted 9/15/2009)
The winners of the Sienna Dress Pattern are:

Congratulations jellan and roseylittlethings! I’ll be emailing you the pattern shortly. Thanks to everyone for the all of the entries and all the thoughtful comments. I loved hearing all the t-shirt ideas!

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