Saturday LBB Gallery Share

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday morning! We are making biscuits and bacon (and Boo will steal half the bacon before I’m done). Just wanted to share a few creations this morning!
Sofia has done it again. I just love her little matching outfits she makes for her twins. Here she has used the Sienna Dress pattern combined with the Hoodie pattern and the girl/boy robot downloads! I love how artsy her clothes are! The robots were done using reverse freezer paper stenciling.
Mom2Stars made this adorable birthday dress for her daughter using the Halter/Tie-Back Dress pattern. I love the little “3” she stenciled on the back with the heart on it using a freezer paper stencil. I really want this dress! Boo’s birthday is in February so something like this would be perfect as a layered jumper and then she could wear it well into the summer. (Mom2Stars….send me your blog address when you get a chance! I couldn’t find you!)
Saturday LBB Gallery Share 4 via lilblueboo.comPhoto from LBB Flickr Gallery
Lisa made this little robot shirt using the robot download. Handmade gifts are so great. What little girl wouldn’t want to get this for Christmas!? Lisa, where did you get those cute handmade tags?
Saturday LBB Gallery Share 5 via lilblueboo.com
photo from Ellebows

Saturday LBB Gallery Share – Twins!

When it is time to release a new pattern I am usually to the point where I can’t even bear to sew one more outfit from it! This is why I LOVE when people share what they have made with my patterns because it always reinspires me to revisit them. You all are so creative and I love that you take the patterns “out of the box” I’ve put them in!

Sofia posted these photos on her blog and I had to share them…they are matching outfits she made her twins. I am head over heels for the fabric combinations she used and that they work for both a girl and boy! These outfits look like they could be a Peter Max painting….which would totally be fitting because Sofia is an artist! I’m pretty sure she used the Hoodie pattern for each one and lengthened it into a dress. Go visit her and see more photos of these outfits and her artwork (check out the Village Frock she made too….love her fabric choice and the matching tie for her son!)

Saturday LBB Gallery Share - Twins via lilblueboo.com

Saturday LBB Gallery Share - Twins 2 via lilblueboo.com

Saturday LBB Gallery Share - Twins 3 via lilblueboo.com
If you haven’t joined the Lil Blue Boo Flickr Gallery yet….please do! There is some serious new cuteness showing up on there. And selfishly I just like to be inspired by what other people do with their own projects! Make sure if you upload photos to the gallery to leave your blog address in the notes so I can find you!

Wedding Part III: Dresses and a Rad Engagement Photo

I made these matching dresses last night for my sister’s rehearsal dinner….both are versions of the Sienna dress. Mine is just an adult version I cut last night. Really simple and fitted….maybe a little too fitted….might need to invest in some Spanx LOL! We don’t have any full length mirrors in our house….so this little mirror in the guest room was the best I could do….

Wedding Part III: Dresses and a Rad Engagement Photo via lilblueboo.com
Sienna is a little grumpy today….allergies and a cold….but she likes the dress.

Wedding Part III: Dresses and a Rad Engagement Photo 2 via lilblueboo.com

Check out this amazing preview of my sister and her fiance’s engagement photo shoot. It was taken in downtown Charlotte, NC by Ash Little Photography. So crazy amazing.

Combining LBB Patterns

Nothing gets past you guys. I’ve had question after question about the ability combine the Sienna Dress Pattern and the Hoodie Pattern.

The answer is: yes. With one adjustment. To add the hood to the Sienna dress you have to trim the neckline about an 1/8″ to 1/4″ all the way around (just pin the hood before you cut to check the size).

These photos aren’t great, but I didn’t really think about sharing them until the pattern questions came up. Just a few things I’ve made my daughter from my scrap bin (yes, I said scrap bin so don’t hold the “un-cuteness” against me):

Sienna Dress with the following options: Hood added (from Hoodie Pattern), Capped sleeves option (from Sienna Dress Pattern), Bottom Band added (from Hoodie Pattern), Trim added to sleeves (modified from Hoodie Pattern)

Combining LBB Patterns via lilblueboo.com
Combining LBB Patterns 2 via lilblueboo.com

Sienna Dress with the following options: Made in a larger size, Hood added (from Hoodie Pattern), Capped sleeves option (from Sienna Dress Pattern), Bottom Band added (from Hoodie Pattern), Wrist trim added (from Hoodie Pattern)

Combining LBB Patterns 3 via lilblueboo.com
Combining LBB Patterns 4 via lilblueboo.com
Sienna Dress with the following options: Hood added (from Hoodie Pattern), Capped sleeves option (from Sienna Dress Pattern), Bottom Band added (from Hoodie Pattern), Trim added to sleeves (modified from Hoodie Pattern), Horizontal seams are serged in reverse

Combining LBB Patterns 5 via lilblueboo.com
Just email me if you have questions!

Saturday LBB Gallery Share

Just wanted to share a few reader creations I’ve come across that I just LOVE. If you haven’t joined the Lil Blue Boo Flickr Gallery yet….you are missing out! Make sure if you upload photos to the gallery to leave your blog address in the notes!
Saturday LBB Gallery Share owl applique via lilblueboo.comPhoto property of Those Paces
Saturday LBB Gallery Share The Sienna Dress via lilblueboo.com

Photo property of Ellebows
Saturday LBB Gallery Share Haltar/Tie back dress via lilblueboo.com

Photo property of Sarah Boyd
Saturday LBB Gallery Share Paper Doll dress via lilblueboo.com

Photo property of Making It My Own
Saturday LBB Gallery Share Paper Doll dress 2 via lilblueboo.com

Photo Property of Sonya Todorova


Just a note: A few people have asked why I add the stamp to the photos of my daughter (and other people’s kids). I do it so if a photo gets posted somewhere that might be for the wrong reasons it can be tracked back to the original site….in other words it deters “sketchy” people from using these photos!

Number two reason I LOVE the fall…..

….feeding the giraffes. Number one reason: it cools off. It was finally cool enough this morning (80 degrees) to come out of heat hibernation and go to our favorite place….the Living Desert. It is a mile down the road and when it is cool I take Sienna almost twice a week. I get exercise and Sienna gets worn out.
Number two reason I LOVE the fall via lilblueboo.com
Sienna is afraid of the adult giraffes….but not the cute little baby.
Number two reason I LOVE the fall giraffe via lilblueboo.com
We usually only stay about an hour and visit different things each time after the giraffe feeding. Today we visited the animal hospital. Below is “Hootie” the screech owl….he has a neurological disorder and his neck twitches. He’s also missing a wing. What a mess.
Number two reason I LOVE the fall gscreech owl via lilblueboo.com
We always visit the huge train system. Sienna runs around looking for trains and I am amused looking at all the details:
Number two reason I LOVE the fall trains via lilblueboo.com“the wreckage”
Number two reason I LOVE the fall floozies  via lilblueboo.com“floozies”

Number two reason I LOVE the fall dirty police car via lilblueboo.com“please wash”
On a random note, I think I just found a one-woman-factory for the Sienna t-shirt dress. Seriously, Davida JUST bought the pattern and look how many dresses she has cranked out….I need to learn to sew a little faster ;)

A Dress for October (Updated)

Another dress for the fall using 5 different t-shirts.
A Dress for October (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
I bought Sienna (yes, storebought) the perfect black and white striped leggings to wear underneath. Now it just needs to cool off! It was only 101 degrees here today.
A Dress for October (Updated) 2 via lilblueboo.com
I’m sewing an identical one for my Etsy store except that the purple is at the top and orange is at the bottom….I’ll finish it tonight. The plan was to offer someone their pick and Sienna would get the leftovers, but my iron was too hot and I smeared some of the text at the top of the dress! She’ll never notice.
A Dress for October (Updated) 3 via lilblueboo.com
Halloween tees are SO much better than when we were growing up, right? I wouldn’t have been caught dead in one until recent years…..
A Dress for October (Updated) 4 via lilblueboo.com
Pattern used: The Sienna Dress
A Dress for October (Updated) 5 via lilblueboo.com
Update: Here is the 2nd one I made. I LOVE the little owl tag that is on the bottom ruffle! This dress is in my etsy shop now…..there will only be one.
A Dress for October (Updated) 6 via lilblueboo.com
A Dress for October (Updated) 7 via lilblueboo.com

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 lilblueboo.com
….with little black and white bows at the sleeves.
Need toothpicks peasant dress from the Leila and Ben pattern with bows via lilblueboo.com
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 lilblueboo.com
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 lilblueboo.com
I might have to keep this one too. So much for running a business…..
Sienna dress keeper using four different t-shirts via lilblueboo.com
After everyone went to bed tonight, I painted 5,000 little dots on an assembly line of nursery paintings.
Nursery painting dots via lilblueboo.com
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!

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 lilblueboo.com
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!
The Sienna Dress 2 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 3 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 4 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 5 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 6 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 7 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 8 via lilblueboo.com
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
The Sienna Dress 9 via lilblueboo.com
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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