Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WWW: ReFashion Girls Dress from a Garage Sale Find

Check out this black and white beauty I re-fashioned for my 6 year-old from a garage sale find!

WWW= What Widget Wore (in other words, what my daughter will wear)

My friends, I love a good deal! And when I found this sweet little dress at a garage sale for $2, I knew I could transform it into something wonderful for Widget.

Here is what I used:

  • Dress (mine was a garage sale find)
  • Thread Picker
  • Scissors
  • T-shirt (that fits your model)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread (matching)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Elastic Thread
  • Iron-on Adhesive Vinyl
  • Iron & Pressing Cloth
  • Ribbon/Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Broach Back/Safety Pin (found in jewelry findings)

I used my good ol' thread picker to undo the stitches attaching the tank-top to the skirt
Here is what it looked like from the right-side...
After pulling all the old threads out, I grabbed the t-shirt and sewed it to the skirt using two parallel rows of stitches and elastic thread in the bobbin--so that there was still some stretch available when pulling the dress on (or you could use a double needle and regular thread in the bobbin for similar results).
This is what it looks like on the right-side of the dress...

Once the shirt is attached to the skirt, I had to decide what to add as the finishing touches. I finally settled on the idea of adding a necklace to the shirt using iron-on adhesive vinyl. I found and purchased a shape in the silhouette store (mardi gras beads) and manipulated it to fit the shirt by making the shape much larger.
I followed this tutorial on how to cut my iron-on vinyl, and cut the shape with my Silhouette Cameo...but you could purchase a similar iron-on decal in a craft store, or cut one by hand...or use paint to make a necklace like this one.
I peeled the extra vinyl off my sheet, placed the decal onto the shirt positioning it to where I liked it. Remember to use a pressing cloth to iron on the vinyl, it helps to protect the vinyl backing sheet and your iron.
The dress finished:
I made a few broaches to jazz up the dress, but couldn't quite decide where to put them...
A striped bow and a teal rose....this was my final positioning (below)
One last picture of Widget sporting her new frock to church paired with her favorite black high-heels she purchased her self (also a thrifty find found at Savers).

Do you love garage sale-ing around your area? What are your favorite items to look for?

Want to see other re-fashions from garage sale or thrifty finds? Check out these other tutorials:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Newborn Pictures Wiggly Girl

Mandy took some newborn pictures of Wiggly Girl, but she wasn't super cooperative, so we ended up having a second round a few weeks later. I'm happy to show you both.

I'll start with the first set. Wiggly Girl was about two weeks old.

And the next set were taken just over 4 weeks old...

 Check out her cute painted piggies :)

 Maybe I should become a hand model...or I could just stick with this new mommy gig, it's pretty rewarding

Did you have newborn pictures taken of your little ones? Did you take them to a studio, another location or have the photographer come to your home?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oh Baby! Part 2

The day after Wiggly Girl was born, I had a friend (Mandy) come take pictures.
 This child was born with crazy long platinum blonde hair.

 She had an awesome cry face!

Oh Baby! Part 1

Well, my lovely friends, it has definitely been awhile. I hate making lame excuses, but I thought you might think this excuse is pretty cute.

I was induced 2 days after my due date.
 I consumed several Popsicles and watched some of my favorite movies (like How to Train Your Dragon)

My Wiggly Girl finally made her grand entrance...
 If you did not notice, my baby ended up being 9 lbs 3 oz...much larger than my first (who was 6 lbs 11 oz)
  This is my Cinqo de Mayo baby :)

 Sorry for the not-so-awesome pictures, but my phone was really handy at the time ;)

I plan to share more pictures soon!