We’ve been working on putting together more DIY tutorials for sewing and crafting at Vintage Mama’s Cottage, and sometimes we just get going in several directions at once! Our first job, however, is to draft the patterns so that the sizes are correct for all of our eBook patterns. But in between the hours of working on that rather tedious task, we really have to take a few minutes to work on a few quick, easy, and fun projects.
I try to stay focused, really I do, but I just can’t resist the temptation to make something RIGHT NOW and finish it TODAY! Drafting pattern templates is a lot of drawing, measuring, printing, measuring, cutting, measuring, labeling, and measuring some more. So, I must be forgiven if I have to take a break when my eyes are crossing so that I can paint, or stitch, or glue something different!
In the middle of working on some of the pattern templates I received a custom order for a tutu dress. Mama was looking for a very special dress, for a photo shoot, and it had to be just right. But she couldn’t find what she was looking for on any of the websites where she had been looking, and she couldn’t find what she had in mind in any of the shops where she had searched.
So we were talking about it after one of our modeling / photo sessions, and she was lamenting her lack of success in finding just the perfect dress for the “Glitter Photo” session that she had scheduled. As we talked, I listened to what she was describing, and after asking a few questions and looking a pictures of dresses that were similar to what she was looking for, I told her that I could design and create the dress she had described.
She was so excited! What color? She really didn’t care (!) but it had to be a longish tutu skirt on a simple dress so that the bodice of the dress did not distract from the tutu. We looked at several different colors of tulle and she decided that she wanted a soft summer green. Take the measurements, make the sketch, and off I went to buy the tulle, ribbon, and matching fabric for the dress.
This one was so much fun because it was SO simple and yet it turned out so beautiful! The dress is made from a very soft, lightweight polyester satin with the perfect flow and drape for this kind of dress. The bodice is lined, and then I put a layer of gathered / pleated tulle over the top (she didn’t want any embellishment on the bodice that would distract from the tutu). The straps are simple and unadorned; the skirt is mid-calf length, and it closes up the back with snaps for easy on-and-off. I added tiny pearl buttons over the snaps in the back, but again, we didn’t want any distracting embellishments.
After the dress was finished, that’s when the real fun began! Making this kind of a tutu is quite simple, but I think it is so pretty and feminine. With a matching length of ribbon, the measurement of her daughter’s waist, plus about 12″ added on each end, we started the process of hand-tying each tulle strip, side-by-side, with and loop knot.
Most of the strips were approximately the same length, but it looked really cute to have some of them a bit shorter or longer. It added to the fullness and seemed to add a bit of “fairytale” whimsy to the overall affect. Once we had added all of the strips of tulle to the ribbon sash, we decided it would be fun to tie a few lengths of the ribbon in between the tulle strips. It turned out really cute!
The one thing I would do different next time is to make the skirt of the dress a bit fuller just to facilitate movement and to make it “pouf” out a bit more. It seemed to be quite comfortable for my little model, as it is open in the back (snap close) but it allows for movement when walking.
Then today we worked on another tutu (still need to get the fabric for the dress), in pink and silver. This tulle had a bunch more glitter so it really made a mess, but it turned out really pretty. The girls helped me tie this one, and we alternated strips of pink and silver tulle with pink and silver ribbons, tied on a silver gray ribbon sash. We made a pretty, poufy hair embellishment with some bits of leftover tulle and pink ribbon.
Next time I get a break from drafting pattern templates, we’ll go buy the fabric for the dress and get that one finished up, too. In the meantime, we’ll be busy writing up our eBook patterns so that you can make your own beautiful Glitter Ribbon Tutu Dress, designed by mamas*little*treasures. Be watching for new patterns very soon! You can also check out the other eBook patterns in our Etsy shop at mamas*little*treasures so you can make something yourself. Isn’t it time to discover your own creative expression? It’s easy with eBook patterns from mamas*little*treasures!
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I decided to redo my Owl Smash Cake tutorial with better pictures and fix the mistakes I made the first time. This Owl Smash Cake really is so easy to make that I just made it again to redo the pictures
Turkey and Brie Grilled Cheese
from Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Grilled cheese is definitely a favorite in my house. How can you not like toasty, crunchy, cheesy hand-held sammies? I love finding new and delicious ways to make grilled cheese, from varying the type of cheese, to incorporating meats or vegetables, and even adding spreads or other condiments.
from Three Kids and A Fish
I make a lot of recipes that call for different pie fillings! Depending on the season they can be hard to find and some are more expensive then others. With berry picking season in full bloom, I thought I would try making my own! I was surprised at how simple it is to make and after adding a little bit of this and that I created this thick, warm, sweet, bursting with fresh blueberries pie filling! With only 6 ingredients this blueberry pie filling was less expensive and made more than store bought. Ready your mason jars and get ready to can some amazing pie filling!
This time of year is just crazy in my neck of the woods. Between everything in the garden ripening at the same time, the chickens laying eggs like it’s going out of style and it being our favorite time to go camping I am BUSY! It is a given that household chores have been pushed to the waist side. I am trying to be ok with that. But canning and preserving foods in a messy house drives me nuts! Ok let’s be honest here, being in a messy house no matter what I am doing drives me nuts!
If you’re like me, I hate to look for stuff in my pantry. Not sure if I have it there or not, missing it and purchasing more only to find it again and notice it is out of date. aughhh!!!
My old Dodge pickup is rusting. Trying to restore the rusting parts piece by piece, hoping to keep it in good condition, my handy husband went to his favorite salvage yard in search of a fender. He called me when he found one and said, “I’ve got a fender and there is an old kitchen step stool seat thing here that is getting thrown out. It’s really rough. Is it something you are interested in trying to fix up?” I said “YES! Please and thank you!”
A couple of weeks ago I was browsing on ebay and I found this cute
gingham pitcher by Crown Burslem. It is still wearing it’s little
Union Jack sticker which I plan to peel off but thought it would be
fun in the pic. I love gingham and can never pass it up. It was
a bargain too which always seals a deal.
In Greece, we buy our desserts mainly from pastry shops that carry a variety of sweets mainly influenced by the French and the Italian ones. Of course they sell traditional Greek ones, but the majority of people prefer to buy the ones that are made according to French or Italian standards.
Today I am delighted to present my 1st refashion a real adventure!
I love jeans and have long wanted to make a very practical bag. Some time ago, a friend gave me a pair of jeans speckled with small beads. So, from a pair of pants were born a bag with wicker handles, a purse and still have leftovers fabric. Frogged, I did some tests, I lined with polka dot fabric, made a sprig of flowers and loved the result!
And what do you think?
from To Work With My Hands
I hope you have been encouraged to slow down a bit and consider the blessings of life all around you. It’s a constant struggle for me to slow down, and I have to remind myself often to refocus my mind. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do that here, and to share it with you.
from Hand- Me – Down Mom Genes
We are really blessed in our house to have the space for a playroom. It’s a first floor master bedroom with a bathroom and small walk-in closet. Since we wanted to be on the same floor as Carl, we opted to stay upstairs. The only problem with our playroom is it is completely bare (except for the
billions tons of toys).
Yes, it is another Kennedy Bag! I just love this pattern by Sarah Lawson from Sew Sweetness. It is actually a free pattern she offers, so check it out! I always feel so satisfied when I am finished with one of these bags. The buckles still frustrate me a bit, but it is all worth it!
I am a firm believer in teaching kids responsibility and that can be done from a very young age. My little guy is three and we have just started introducing jobs to him. He has been expected to do them for awhile now, but I really wanted to create a visual reminder for him. He can’t read yet, so a typical chart was out of the question. I started with clip-art but it just didn’t seam specific enough for me!
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