This blog is now exclusively devoted to crafting in general, and the shop in particular! Pretty much all of my personal content has been moved to a new blog, one that is intended primarily to help keep our family and friends in the loop. (If you are interested in following the new blog, you will find it here.) This blog will continue to feature shop news, new listings, sales, giveaways, and all of my share-worthy crafting exploits.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Old Sheets into New Dress

The other reason for the Father's Day photo shoot was to get some pictures of Elora's new dress.  I had an old, old pink-and-orange-on-white striped sheet that's been around for as long as I can remember.  It was so old that when I took it apart, I didn't even have to bother with the seam ripper, I just pulled it apart with my hands.  It was stained and paint spattered, and until recently, had lived in my beach bag.  For whatever reason, I decided it would make a cute dress.  

I used the body of the printed sheet for the body of the dress, the trim from across that sheet for the straps, belt, belt loops, and bottom trim, and a flat sheet from the thrift store to line it. I started with Corinnea's recipe (did you ever post that tutorial?) for a simple shirred dress, but instead of doing front and back panels, I sewed it all into a tube and shirred it all together in a continuous spiral.  This went much faster, and wasted a LOT less thread that the way I'd done it in the past.

Kaylie's wearing the dress that I made for Elora last year.

The sheet I used for lining was a bit heavy, so I think I will try something else for that, next time. I'll for sure be making more of these, they're so fun!  If I can find Corinnea's little tutorial, I'll try to post it.  :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

What's In A Name?

The results of my shop-renaming-poll were split down the middle, and I came down on the "shop" side, so that's what I'm going with.  It's simple, clean, easy to remember.  When I get all of my info updated, and all of my current stock photographed and listed, I'll be officially re-opening the shop.  You can look forward to another give-away, and some awesome sale prices--I want to move this stuff out!