Craft This! Weekly: Holiday

Craft This! is a weekly challenge to create any kind of craft based on a chosen theme. Next week’s theme will be posted soon at Tiny Elephant, come join us!

El chose “holiday” for this week’s theme, but she’s Canadian, so she was thinking of vacations. Weird, eh? My mind immediately went to Halloween, and I decided to design a new costume dress.

19th Century Inspired Dress Costume

I ended up with this 19th century-inspired dress, in Lyra’s size.

Dress costume for Little Bo Peep, Goldilocks, Little Miss Muffet, one of the girls from Little House on the Prairie, American Girl's Felicity, Jill (of Jack and Jill)

Fitting somewhere between “colonial” and “prairie”, this dress could make an adorable and original costume for so many characters..Little Bo Peep, Goldilocks, Little Miss Muffet, one of the girls from Little House on the Prairie, American Girl’s Felicity, Jill (of Jack and Jill), and so many more. It’ll be great for random dress-up play, too. I’ll be making a ruffled bonnet to go with it.

indie design original handmade colonial prairie 19th century dress

The front has pleats, ruffles, and little pearl buttons for decoration.

Handmade Toddler Costume Dress Prairie Colonial

The sleeves are 3/4 length with ruffles. Solid purple straps tie in back.

handmade sewn historical dress felicity colonial prairie civil war

I gave it a full circle skirt, so there’s a ton of fabric there, just begging for a pettiskirt. I absolutely love putting Lyra in big poofy skirts. I wish I had one for myself, it looks so fun! :D

I’m hoping to get some action shots of the dress taken this weekend, and then I’ll put a custom listing up in my shop. This one is for Lyra, but I can make more. :)

Craft This! Weekly: Retro

Craft This! is a weekly challenge to create any kind of craft based on a chosen theme. Next week’s theme will be posted soon at Tiny Elephant, come join us!

This week’s theme was “retro”, and I decided to design a full apron with a bit of a retro feel to it. I made one up in an autumn print because I’m in the mood for cooler weather, but I’d like to try the pattern in some bright, 50s-ish prints, too.

Autumn Full Apron Handmade Hostess

It has a big ol’ ruffle around the bottom and a bodice that dips just a bit.

Retro Inspired Ruffle Full Apron

I love the back. The wide shoulder straps criss-cross and then tie at waist level. I think it looks sturdy enough to milk a cow, yet pretty enough to serve a Thanksgiving turkey. :D

Fall Thanksgiving Full Apron Pocket

There’s a little pocket, too, hiding in there somewhere.

This one is for me, but I can make a couple more, so I put a listing in my shop. :)

Black and White Messenger Bag

I’ve been making messenger bags and I’m really loving it. :D

 Black and White Bird Damask Messenger Bag

This bag features a bold black and white print, with birds and flowers tiled on the flap.

 Handmade Boutique Diaper Bag

The black canvas outer material is tough and durable. It has interfacing inside for sturdiness, too.

 Black and White School Bag

With a bottle pocket on one outer side and a cell phone pocket on the other, important stuff is easy to grab. The strap is padded and adjustable for comfort and a great fit.

 Black and White Bird Damask Messenger Bag with Adjustable Strap

This bag is in the shop. Look out for more bags, coming soon! I’m also accepting orders for custom bags to fit any need. :)

Rainbow Ring Stacker

Wow, it’s been an entire month since I last blogged! I’ve been busy with some pretty big projects that I’ll be ready to share sometime soon.

More recently, I’ve been making stuffed ring stackers.

Rainbow Soft Ring Stacker Baby Toddler Toy

This rainbow stacker toy is great for those terribly difficult gender-unknown baby showers. Or maybe those are just difficult for me. :P

Handmade Sewn Boutique Plush Stacker Toy

I *love* picking out prints and putting them in rainbow order! This is a fabulous project to do with stashed fabric.

This stacker has been in the shop for a while, go have a look. :)

Gnomeville Play Dress

Handmade Boutique Girls Dress

I could not resist trying the insanely cute Gnomeville print from Michael Miller in my Play Dress pattern, and I’m so glad I did! I love gnomes, so, so much.

Gnomes Toddler Sundress

We tried something new for pictures today, a white backdrop hanging outside. It’s clear to me now that I need to make sure the whole thing is either shaded or lit, not with spots of light like these. Silly tree, with its iffy shading abilities.

Lyra did great, though, so I’m declaring these photos keepers. :D

Indie Designer Kids Clothes

This dress is in the shop!

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