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Elastic Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial

We have made hundreds of peasant style dresses over the years. It can get a little boring to make the exact same style of dress over and over. However, there are many different variations of this dress style! I am going to try to make some peasant dress variations and share tutorials for them on the blog from time to time. You can find my pattern and cutting tutorial for peasant dresses HERE. I also…

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Easy Ribbon Wands

I thought ribbon wands would be a fun craft project for the girls and a nice addition to the little “photo shoot” we do with their new mama-made dresses each year. The girls had fun playing with them and even got to choose ribbon from my stash to coordinate with their dresses. These took just a few minutes to make! Here is how we made them: Cut dowels into three pieces- each 12″ long. Sand…

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Men’s Dress Shirt to Girls’ Vintage Style Dress

Ever since THESE dresses, I just can’t seem to get over that whole retro, vintage style. I love the 1940s/1950s era of fashion! I wanted to do a “shirt dress” style, but decided to upcycle/refashion one out of a men’s dress shirt. (There are also a few aqua polka dot details just for fun!) It even has a built in pettiskirt to make the full skirt pouf out. I don’t have a full tutorial for you, but…

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Baby Clothes Memory Bear Pattern and Tutorial

I really can’t take credit for this idea. A friend asked me to make a stuffed bear from the outfit her baby wore home from the hospital. She got the idea from Pinterest and it was a bad link so I can’t source it.   So, I had to come up with my own bear pattern. I used as few pieces as possible, but some extra stitching gives it more shape and allows it to…

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Doll Ruffle Apron Pattern

Since I still had some fabric left from my daughter’s ruffle apron I decided to make a doll version, too. Everything was made the same way, but with smaller pieces: Apron Front- Cut 1 (pattern HERE)Apron Back- Cut 1 (same as front)Neck Ties- (Cut 2) 2″ x 15″Waist Ties- (Cut 2) 3 1/2″ x 15″Bottom Ruffle- (Cut 1) 3″ x 44″ Use 1/4″ seam allowances.  You can find all of the directions for constructing this…

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