Sunday, January 27, 2013

Burlap Flower Girl Dresses?....Yes Please!!

Well I am excited to say that I have finished the flower girl dresses! It fills me with such great joy getting to cross a project off my list. I am a true list maker (it drives my husband crazy) and I just love making them and then checking them off. My cousin's wedding has a bit of a country elegance feel to it's decor. When telling me about it she mentioned that she is using some burlap table covers, glass vases, twigs, etc and it started my wheels turning. Her colors are coral and turquoise and her dress is ivory. I just adore when people use a pattern in the flower girl dress so I was so excited to do the same for this wedding. We picked out this adorable polka dot fabric with a rustic country feel to it. I really wanted to incorporate some burlap somehow as to really get that rustic feel and....I just LOVE how they turned out!!

My daughter and another little girl are both the flower girls, so I did a 2T and a 5T. Above on the left are the little bodices before I sewed the shoulder sleeves together. It is fully lined with the waist seams enclosed in the bodice, so nice and clean. I used "the party dress" tutorial found over on The Cottage Home and made some alterations to make the dress work for this purpose. I then added some pearls around the middle to dress it up.
Next up, burlap! I just love how these rosettes tuned out. I used scrap material from the petticoat (pictured below) and swirled it with scrap muslin. I finished them with the burlap leaves and a few leftover pearls from the dresses. I attached them to pins so they can be removed for washing the dress or interchanged for other pins.
I just love them! The 2T is on the left and the 5T on the right.
I really wanted these dresses to twirl so I decided to add a petticoat. I used the "circle skirt" tutorial over at made and was so simple! This skirt was so easy to put together and it twirls like so other!! Please forgive the black elastic (it was all I had on hand and it goes under the dress anyways....)
When my husband saw the final dress he said, "When you told me you were going to use burlap to make Hadley a flower girl dress, I thought you were crazy. Yet somehow you found the only possible way to make it look amazing." Awww, I love that man!!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting back into the swing of things...

So I know it's been a while...Yes, Yes, a LONG while (2 months!!) My sewing machine is smoking from all the projects of the Holidays, and with no time to slow down in the near foreseen future. We had a wonderful Holiday season with friends and family all coming to visit us here in our home in Arkansas. Some of the most exciting (and scary) news of the Holidays is that we bought a house! The sellers accepted our offer just two days before Christmas, and we are set to close later this month. It is a home in need of some TLC and will keep us busy with projects for many years to come, but one that we have fallen in love with the potential of. We are so excited to get those keys and start getting out hands dirty. It is times like these that I am so thankful that I have a "handy" husband!!

It is only the middle of January and I am already behind on my project list....
Here is a rundown of what you may expect to see in the upcoming months:

-My beautiful little girl is a flower girl in two weddings this spring. My favorite cousin is getting married in March and then my sister-in-law will be tying the knot in June. I will be making the flower girl dresses for both of these weddings. Both weddings have a country elegance feel to them so we may actually get lucky and be able to use the same dress for both weddings, but change up a few of the embellishments. Fingers crossed and I just LOVE wedding planning, so exciting!!

-Well speaking of weddings.... of course I will be making wedding quilts as well. Anytime I make a quilt I change my mind at least 86 times on what design I will be using. I have already been through numerous options, and we will just have to see what the finished projects actually turn out like...

-Another of my sister-in-law's (I have four) has asked me to make a Kansas State table runner for her dining room. While it pains me to make anything Kansas State (we are die hard Jayhawk fans under this roof,) I do love my sister-in-law so I have agreed. Just like with my quilts I have already had numerous ideas running through my head for the design. I really want to try something new with this, especially since it is a smaller piece. I have been wanting to give "paper piecing" a try or maybe some handstitched hexagons. Any ideas are welcome!!

-Another friend has asked me to take a look at a special quilt her grandmother had made her as a little girl and make some repairs to it. Well my friend does believe I am a miracle repair quilter because "minor repairs" is stretching it. I do believe even the best of quilters can not fix holes through out the entire back from years of love. Needless to say I will be taking it all apart, mending, and re quilting.

-I am thinking of joining my first "quilt-a-long." There are so many to choose from but I have decided to try and follow "My favorite block quilt a long" over at Persimon Dreams. Hopefully By May I will have a quilt to show! Anyone out there have any experience with these?

-And lastly (at least for the next 15 seconds...) I really want to make my family a quilt for OUR living room! I had mentioned in an earlier post that I have never made a quilt for my family. Now I have made quilts for everyone's beds but I really want a cozy throw for snuggling on the couch. I think this may just be the spring this actually gets accomplished.....Okay maybe summer....maybe fall....

Whew!! I better get started!! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy 2013!!