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Gracie Dress Tutorial

Do you know what it harder than sewing a dress for a 2yo?  Taking pictures of that 2yo wearing the dress. I tried being sneaky and taking pics when she wasn’t looking. Her sisters tried to help… She even said, “I’m not cooperating!” and sat down in the grass with her arms crossed. Even bribery didn’t work. This one is stubborn! Unlike the picture-taking, she did not voice her opinion on the dress. So I…

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Lydia’s Sweetheart Dress Tutorial

These girls love to twirl in pretty dresses! Taking a break with the one who can’t twirl yet! This dress features a halter top and sweetheart neckline with a pop of orange trim,… …a button halter back,… …a twirly circle skirt (of course!),… …and another little pop of orange on the petticoat lining. This dress was the most 1950s-ish of all of the dresses I made. I can convince a 5yo a little easier than…

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Sunrise Dress Tutorial

I am going to be totally honest here. This was my least favorite dress when we sketched out all of the designs. In the end, I LOVED it! Sometimes my 10yo’s fashion ideas make me raise an eyebrow, but it was her dress, so I went along with it. Yeah, she was right.  This time. I pushed for a wide neckline and scoop back because I knew it would look great on her body type.…

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Blushing Izzy Dress Tutorial

My girls get a lot of say in their Easter dresses. Isabelle came to me with a sketch of her Easter dress a few months ago. She was insistent on the cross-front bodice (I later found out she copied it from a very old Barbie book I didn’t even know we had.) When I decided to go all 1950’s vintage, we looked on Pinterest and etsy for some styles that matched up with her design.…

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Easy Doll Maxi Skirt Tutorial

Well, this tutorial has been a long time coming!  I made these when I went on the crazy, maxi skirt sewing marathon session a few months ago.   I tell you what- since I am conquering this whole “fear of knit” thing, these were just the easiest things to sew.  The hard part… sewing shirts to match, finding a spray bottle and the “official” sparkly hair pick (at the same time), and untangling that awful…

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Sweet Summer Halter Top Tutorial

Last summer I did a guest post for Fireflies and Jellybeans, so I thought it would be nice to bring it home and repost it over here on my blog, too.  Looking at these pictures of little Gracie, who just turned two the other day, makes me a little bit sappy. Oh, I am going to be a mess with this last baby, aren’t I? *sniff, sniff* OK, back to the tutorial.  Here you go……

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Regular to Maternity T-Shirt Refashion Tutorial

Please excuse the photographer’s finger in the top corner there. 🙂 Usually I do not sew many things for myself and I am not usually all that picky when it comes to clothing. BUT, I saw these T-shirts on sale at Target in CUTE colors and I just really, really wanted them! So I splurged. On myself.  That almost NEVER happens!  Here is how I mentally justified it: Maternity T-shirts are way more expensive (I…

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Flutter Sleeve Doll Dess

When my 5yo got her own “fake American Girl doll” for her birthday, she immediately began nagging incessantly for a doll dress to match her Flutter Sleeve Sundress (more on that HERE). It was only fair, so I whipped one up as soon as I got a chance. She loves it! Again, I took pictures this time since I didn’t have a deadline and could sew in the daylight hours, so you are getting a…

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