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Puffy Petal Flower Tutorial

This week I made something special for my baby girl!  I am sharing the full tutorial over at Fireflies and Jellybeans next week, but here is a little sneak peek… I made some fabric flowers with five petals to match the fabric and embellish her outfit a little bit.  I have made fabric flowers before, but after playing around for a few minutes, this just seemed like an easier way to do it. Cut a…

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Vintage and Lace Nightgown

Next to nothing in the way of PJs or nightgowns survived the first two girls to be passed down to my 3yo. Nightgowns are, in my opinion, way too much $ for what they are to buy them in stores. I made it from some great giveaway prizes, so it cost me nothing but a little bit of thread, elastic, and time. Sweet!  There is that picture smile again. I whipped this one up in about a…

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Halley’s Plan B Dress

Halley’s dress was not what I intended to make.  It was supposed to have a yoke across the neck and ties on one side, but I just could not get it to lay flat, so I ended up ripping it apart and going to Plan B!  It still has the big bow on one shoulder like she wanted, so it works.  I also found a way to incorporate some extra white into the dress so…

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Isabelle’s Bubble Dress Tutorial

As promised, I am showing you all how I made Isabelle’s Easter dress.  I talked her into a bubble dress, but she chose the wide, high bodice style with a highish waist and wide sash part herself. And she picked the buttons out, too.  (Yes, it is missing one- I forgot the buttons when I used Mom’s machine to make the holes and didn’t listen to her when she said she thought the pack only had three buttons. …

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Lydia’s Easter Dress

I was running out of time, so I again went over to craftinessisnotoptional for a quick rescue!  I used the tutorial she had just posted for the dress that she made her daughter for Easter (You can find it by clicking HERE!).  I was going to make it sleeveless, but I gave up and just followed her directions.  I found that it was a little tricky under the arms,  but overall it went together pretty well.  And…

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Grace’s First Easter Dress

Those Easter dresses were so much work that I am showing each one off in its own separate post and telling you all how I made them, hopefully getting some tutorials out on my original designs by the end of the week.  So, here we go- youngest to oldest… For Grace, I made a simple sundress and a ruffle-butt diaper cover.  I was crunched for time, so for the dress, I used a tutorial that…

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Strawberry Shortcake Dress

My 3yo is still on the Strawberry Shortcake kick! So for her birthday I made her a Strawberry Shortcake dress. I just blatantly copied Strawberry’s dress by sewing a semi-circle skirt to the bottom of a white T-shirt. It turned out pretty good, but my brain does NOT function well lately, so I had a few snags. I accidentally made the skirt twice as big as I needed to (should have divided the waist by…

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In the Garden Twirly Easter Dress

My 7yo daughter was also very opinionated about her dress style. She wanted a “poofy” skirt and straps instead of sleeves (she said spaghetti straps and I said “NO”). So, I checked out my bookmarked list and found this tutorial. She totally approved! The straps are the minimum 1″ wide allowed in the school dress code, so it should be OK to wear to school if she wants, and the skirt is two full widths…

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Puffy Sleeve, A-Line Easter Dress

My 5yo wanted “puffy sleeves” (I wasn’t thrilled with that- I don’t like sleeves!) and a “straight” skirt. I traced one of her T-shirts to get the bodice pattern, but made the waist fairy high. Then I cut the skirt to be an A-line style. The sleeves were a little trickier, but they turned out really, really well! I used the same technique as found here. I prefer invisible zippers and I used a sash…

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Ruffle Tank Easter Dress

For the Easter dresses this year, I wanted to: use things I already had, if possible skip the commercial pattern thing let the girls have a say in what style they wanted I had one yard pieces of cotton quilting fabric in pretty calicos that I made work for the younger girls, but I had to buy some for the oldest one. All these addicting blogs gave me the confidence to “wing it” with the…

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