“Please take a picture of me with my new family”
Somehow this “mini cone” didn’t make a “mini mess”……
Boo: A “pirate” pose!
Me: It’s picture day at school. Let’s leave that one at home please.
Top: OOAK by Lil Blue Boo
Shorts: Charcoal and White Perfect Short by Lil Blue Boo
Shoes: Translucent Bubble Clogs by Crocs
Matching Butterflies on the toes: Happy Nails on El Paseo
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!
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:
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):
A finished mermaid tail!
I’m on vacation with my family right now skiing in Colorado but before I left I snapped some behind-the-scenes photos of some favorite things around the Lil Blue Boo studio!
Large rolls of marking paper and pattern paper
The lightweight marking paper is used for drafting new patterns and the heavy manila pattern paper is what I use for final templates. The manila paper is heavier than card stock and is really durable for everyday pattern use.
All of my pattern templates are hung around the studio for easy access. I can hang about 20 patterns on one hook.
Industrial Fabric Cutters (update: click here to view an entire post on fabric cutters)
These come in every size imaginable….the one below is a small cutter that can cut through about 6 layers of knit at one time….great for small projects. Larger cutters can cut through about a foot of fabric at time.
A Kitchen Mixer
This is the extent of my cooking these days! I can mix up to about a half gallon of custom ink colors at one time with my kitchen mixer:
Large Work Tables
Below is the large silk screening table that Mr. LBB made for me. It’s great for completing large amounts of printing at one time. Gicela is a new member of the LBB team and wears ALL white to work everyday….she’s pretty brave considering all the paint and ink that we use around here.
Long strips of scrap fabric make great ties to keep finished size pieces together that are waiting to be sewn:
Large Pattern Weights
These heavy weights keep pattern templates flat and also keep layers of fabric in place for cutting:
I have templates for almost everything we do around here….I have to keep super organized to get orders out on time. Here is a sample tally sheet just for cutting sizes….whoever is cutting can just make “tic” marks to keep track of what they are doing:
Sharp snips are great for cutting loose threads to clean up finished projects and to keep by the sewing machine:
Shelving and Storage Bins
I am fanatical about keeping organized and Lisa is a pro at it! Here are some finished spring dresses I snapped a photo of last week. Lisa closely inspects every single item we make, packages them up perfectly and then sorts them by style and size:
One of my newest favorite things? Rosie…my new industrial coverstitch machine. I am super picky about stitches….and hers are beautiful. I think I looked at every machine imaginable. I can’t wait to get back from vacation and use her!
I’m so excited to launch a small trunk show line this coming spring for my tiny clothing line….but phew, SO much work. My biggest concern with branching out from my online store was that I had to come up with a way to better label my clothing so it meets FTC requirements. I don’t like putting any type of tag in Lil Blue Boo clothing for comfort reasons (Boo is pretty sensitive to anything with tags)…..so I came up with an easy way to silk screen all the information using little handmade “mini” screens:
I found these little $1.00 wood photo frames at my local craft store and knew right away that they would make the perfect little screens. I purchased about 20 frames and I ordered a pack screen printing fabric sheets.
Step 2: I used binder clips to stretch the fabric as tight as I could across two sides of the screen.
Step 4: I applied emulsion to each frame using a tiny squeegee (the one I am using is from the Yudu line).
NOTE: You can find my entire photo emulsion silk screening tutorial here for all the details of this process because I am kind of glossing over a few details:
Now with a little ink and a tiny squeegee I can easily add my logo, size, Made in USA and all the care instructions to every piece of clothing!
It might seem daunting to make so many screens, but if you do it in an assembly line manner it isn’t as much work as you think. It took me one Nanny McPhee movie with Boo to stretch and glue all of these screens!
It’s done! My sweet hubby made me my super huge silk screening table / ironing board I’ve been dreaming about! I know most people wouldn’t have a use for such a large table but it could definitely be done on a much smaller scale too.
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″:
I used my serger to sew the long sides together with contrasting bright thread:
Next, I twisted the scarf in the center, matched up the ends and sewed them together:
My friend Jenn asked me to make her daughter Callie’s outfit for her big first birthday bash in a few days…..complete with cupcakes, ruffles, sprinkle fabric and a single birthday candle!
The cupcake applique and sleeves of the onesie have matching pink tulle and sprinkle fabric ruffles.
The skirt is made from Jona’s Evelyn Apron Skirt pattern (without the apron) using Michael Miller’s “Cupcakes on Pink” fabric and some cute sprinkle fabric I found at Joann’s. I modified the size 2 to fit a one-year old.
…. and trimmed it into the bottom of the cupcake shape. I appliqued the bottom cup, the top of the cupcake, a candle and flame onto a onesie using Wonder Under and stitched each shape around each shape to secure. I used one row of stitching for each brown fabric strip on the baking cup.
……and sewed down the middle of each piece, holding the top spool lightly in place every few inches, to create gathers (a little trick I learned from my friend Vanessa over at V&Co).
Happy New Year to all of you! We are staying in tonight. I have to come up with my submission for next week’s SYTYC contest by tomorrow!