Saturday, June 4, 2011

To everything a season: The dress up addition, Part 2

Yesterday I told you about a costume for G that I bought. I was a little disappointed because I had wanted to sew something for her but the apron and chef's hat were just too cute and too good a price to pass up.

Well, today is the season for sewing and I think I more than made up for it with a new creation a la Carrie. First, a little info:

Are you familiar with Ikat Bag? This woman is amazing! If you think you do crafty and fun things with your kid, DON'T visit her site. She will make you feel like everything you do is sub par. Just kidding. Go over, check it out, get inspired!!! Two warnings: 1) You will feel a teensy bit inadequate. At least I do. 2) She has a love affair with cardboard.

Last week I saw this post featuring one of the cutest costume idea EVER. For some reason (hormones? lack of sleep? too many diet pepsi's?) I decided that G had to have one. So I went to JoAnn's (where the glorious apron was discovered) and got my supplies.

At first glance, it looks like a semi-regular wrap skirt...



Are you noticing all the layers? Hmmm. Here are some shots of Miss G modeling her new duds for you.

And her sister wondering what all the fuss is about...

That's when my girl spreads her wings and...

fly little one!

butterfly? fairy? butterfairy superhero?

front, wings spread

back, wings spread

I have to say, I feel like I earned an honorary doctorate in engineering figuring this out. The "instructions" at Ikat Bag are just a general guide, there isn't much detail. But we love it and it was well worth the effort. My sewing is poor to quite poor, the seams are crooked, I melted the fabric in a couple places with my iron, and my child apparently doesn't have quite the "wingspan" I thought she did (measure twice, right Dad?) but I am proud of it just the same. This was my first time making "clothes" and I might be addicted. Holy moly. Halloween will never be the same...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

To everything a season: the dress up addition, Part 1

My 3 year old is just starting to get interested in playing dress up. Its exciting to see her put on her "mom" shoes and grab her purse frantically looking for her cell phone only to discover its been in her bag the whole time (um, do you think she's seen this happen a few times in real life?). And there are a couple of play outfits that every little girl should have.

The first is an apron to go with her kitchen. G loves pretending to be a chef and I vowed to make an apron for her last fall. And I did. But it was kind of a flop. Queue the "whop, whop" music. I used a tea towel and made more of a waiter style half apron. And, because it was a surprise, I just guessed at the sizing so it ended up too big and difficult for her to wear. But I still had plans to make her an apron. Until I saw this...

At 60% off from JoAnns Fabrics, it couldn't be beat. Less than $10 for the hat and apron and it looks so cute with her little red kitchen!

So, this was the season for buying something. Then, there are times when only homemade will do. Come back tomorrow to see what I mean...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fancy footwork

I got some new sandals the other day. I love the color! I didn't realize how much until I saw it all over my house in the form of pillows, wall decor, etc. and in my closet in 2 recent clothing purchases. Love how it pops with the red (of both my toes and my ottoman)!

I also love, love, love these. They are a little more than I'd normally spend on such a skimpy pair of shoes ($100 as opposed to the $15 spent on the pair above) but they look sooooo good on my foot. How long do you think it would take for me to scuff them up beyond recognition?