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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

upcakes and ooshes, the art of learning!



Today I am linking up to project run and play for their week 6  "signature style'

These two dresses I made for my girls were inspiration dancing around in my head for quite a while, I knew I wanted ruffles, like a bustle, a pillow case/apron style tie up, enough like a pinafore to justify so my time going into a piece so the girls could layer the dress over a long sleeved knit tee and or leggings when the weather got cooler but not too pinafore-‘ish’ that it couldn't be worn alone as a summer dress. I love how they turned out, both are a little different as I learnt things from the first and transferred them to the second but both have the same principals in making them. The main fabric body pieces are a stretch thin but heavy denim, I'm not sure if there is any other details I can give on that as it was a huge remanent piece given to me.  unfortunately it retains creases a bit too well and ironing is undone pretty quickly. sigh.The ruffles and ties are a polycotton called ‘spots’ from lincraft. 
the headbands are the same, just a long tube sewn up, flipped right sider out, top stitched and done, wrapped and tied in a bow to keep those golden locks out of those darling faces!
The blue and green one has an inner lining of thin cotton, the yellow has the ruffles on another piece of the same denim. Basically if you wanted to make something similar you could use this awesome tutorial as a 'how to' for the ruffled bustle style back, (she cleverly calls it the business at the front party in the back mullet dress-which I love) And had I found it before I probably would have tried a knit version, and hey I still might but when i found it i had already finished the first dress. The rest is a basic a line pillowcase style and apron style bodice and ties/straps. So in the idea of naming my style outfits? I’d have to call these “upcakes and ooshes”  which holds the 2 word my daughters used to call a couple of their favourite things while they were tiny and learning to talk, Ooshes-shoes and Upcakes -cupcakes and ‘strawberry Upcake (shortcake)’ And just like them learning to talk I am learning (self taught) to sew and as Ellary pronounced shoes, Ooshes which is essentially dyslectic and backward-ish, so is my way of learning at the present, and like Tehy says Upcakes leaving part of the word unspoken I too leave bits behind accidentally here and there but as long as it holds up (and these do, they've been worn and washed a few times) and my darlings like them, that's all that matters as I learn to perfect and challenge myself to put my own style into a real wearable art. because these girls are my favourite girls and they are gorgeous, (and I'm gushing) and they can pull off any style, no matter how crazy this mum makes it! Ha.



Just adorable! i love seeing them love eachother and I love tehys accidental mid way through talking duckface pose, makes me smile :)
p.s yay! firstly, I managed to get these photos this evening and secondly, my blogger has allowed me to upload pics tonight! And thirdly if you see this post, its another yay that blogger didn't lose it *fingers crossed again*

9 comments:

  1. First, I love denim and summer dresses. Second, I love ruffles. Lots of ruffles. These are wonderful dresses that I'm sure your girls will love wearing this summer. I can already hear my six year old begging me for one, lol.

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    1. Thanks :) we are just at the end of summer now, and had jackets on for part of the shoot this evening briefly as the cool changed winds hit but they have worn them through summer and hopefully tehy will get away with that length now that she can wear leggings under, that kiddy has grown 2 inches in a month I swear. Ha ha. I hear you on the begging thing also, I have to be wary what my girls see, they beg me to make the craziest things sometimes.

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  2. You did a GREAT job--these are beautiful!

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  3. These are great dresses and look simply adorable on your beautiful girls. They look like such fun to wear! I like that you made them in the same style but different in accent colors so your little one will enjoy wearing her sister's dress when she grows into it.

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    1. Thanks Karen, funny you should say that, tehy actually wanted to wear ellarys dress the next day but ellary wasn't allowing it. I find this aspect of it hilarious as both have very uniquely different styles in clothing and many hand me downs get donated because they just don't 'fit' so I am excited that this will be a garment that will actually be worn after getting passed down! At last they agree on a style-mums handmade, I love it!

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  4. We featured you on our blog. Thanks for sewing along! http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/02/prp-sew-along-winter-2013.html
    With Love,
    Shaffer Sisters

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  5. The ruffles work so well with the denim!!! Love their matching hairbands, too.

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  6. Very cute! Visiting from Threading My way. I love looking at sewing projects!

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