Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Traveling Artist

I have been looking forward to sewing along with Project Run & Play again, and perhaps sewing past the first week and doing all of the challenges. It is just so much fun to play along!

The first week's challenge is to be inspired by art- Choose an artist, art movement, or artwork and create a children's look inspired by your choice. I thought and thought about this one. There were so many possibilities. But every idea I kept coming up with did not pass my Is This Worth Making Test: Will Drew wear it?

Because see, there are too many of my precious hours hanging up in her closet going unworn. It doesn't matter if it had every color of pink and was covered in mermaids, rainbows, and butterflies, and sang the My Little Pony theme song. This girl is all about ease and comfort.

Which for her is a knit dress. No zippers or buttons to deal with. Nothing to give her a wedgie (which she claims every pair of shorts and pants does). Something she can tear off in an instant and put on a different knit dress that better suits her fancy. Knit dresses are the only thing I can get her to wear without putting up a struggle!

So I found this paint splatter knit jersey, in reference to Jackson Pollock of course, and made a simple dress by copying the pattern of her favorite H&M dresses she wears every day and lengthened the shoulder seams. Cutting and sewing this thing together was a breeze. I'm starting to like her easy taste.

So did it pass the Is This Worth Making Test?...

Yep! It's easy and comfortable and she loves it. Add it to her slew of knit dresses she changes in and out of all day long.

And for fun I painted on the little pocket and flowers using a black textile paint and a paint brush. I can't take credit for the pocket idea since I saw it on a cute dress from Anthropologie here.

Since we are on the topic of art and Drew, Drew is an aspirting artist herself.

I think it was Pablo Picasso who said that, "Every child is an artist." I'm sure this is true. I can't speak for every child, but with Drew she is an artist because of her confidence. She doesn't overthink and she doesn't get stuck. That girl produces and produces and I have dresser drawers full of her art, drawings, books, etc. to prove it.

So a couple of weeks ago Drew came up with a whopper of an idea and even though I told her no several times, she persisted and I finally let her follow through with her plan. She combined her love of art and her new found love of earning money and decided to sell her art on the side of the road.

Yes. She made art. Then she made a sign. And she stood outside our house and tried to sell her art for 5 cents a piece.

Her exact words to me, "Everyone will want to buy my pictures and I will make so much money!"

Sadly, she still has much to learn on the business side of things. Her sign was too small and even though she continuously yelled out loud, "Picture Sale for 5 cents!", everyone that drove by didn't know what she was doing and just smiled and waved.

A neigbor taking out her trash did hear Drew's yelling though and came over to see what she was doing. She bought her butterfly picture and even paid her a whole dollar for it. I finally convinced her to close up shop and go back inside after she made a sale.

She rolled up that dollar and carried it around the rest of the day! And then her Daddy came home from work and bought the rest of the pictures from her.

Her confidence makes her an artist and I hope she never loses that. Also her drive to earn money. I think this kid is going to be successful.

If you want to see the looks I made back when I competed in Project Run & Play, check out this post!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Baptism White

[photo by Plainly Taken Photography]

For a very long time I have wanted to sell my tuxedo dress all in white as a baptism and special occasion dress.

[photo by Plainly Taken Photography]

The tuxedo dress is sort of my bread and butter. Over the years I have made well over 200 tuxedo dresses in all different colors. It looks great in every color, but I especially love it in white.

[photo by Plainly Taken Photography]

White is not a color kids can wear every day, I don't think. But a white dress for a blessing, a wedding, a baptism, or at the temple is definitely appropriate and special. Girls in white are angelic.

[photo by Plainly Taken Photography]

The details of the dress are harder to see but as a coordinating fabric I use a white-on-white pindot print for the ruffles, sleeve cuffs, and tie around the waist.

[photos by Plainly Taken Photography]

I hate to add this not pretty photo after all those beautiful images but in order to see the pindots I had to zoom in, boost up the contrast of the photo a ton, and point it out to you with arrows:

Can you see them?

The close up is of the white tuxedo dress I made about a year ago for my new baby niece's blessing day. I wish I had a picture of her wearing it because she is dang cute, but I just have this picture from my phone...

It is quite the challenge to make dresses in these tiny sizes, sewing in those little sleeve holes. But they sure do turn out so cute.

You can find this dress in my shop now finally, I am so excited.

***Also, the beautiful images I noted above are taken by Heather from Plainly Taken Photography who is super talented, as you can see.

****I love this poem...

My Three White Dresses
by Linda Gay Perry Nelson

My mom bought me a white dress,
Not red or pink or blue.
She said it was a special dress
Like very other few,
There has been just one before,
A dress now put away,
That I wore some time ago
Upon my blessing day.
As a little baby clothed in my first white dress,
My dad held me in his arms,
There to name and bless.
So pure and clean was I just then,
With time to grow and learn
About the Father's plan for me.
My glory I must earn.
Now I've reached the age to judge
The wrong road from the right,
And I am here to be baptized
In this dress of white.
So once again I'm free from sin.
The path is clear to me.
I'll grasp the rod and hold on tight, I vow with certainty.
Just as mud would stain my dress,
Sin would stain my soul.
The key is to repent or bleach,
For whiteness is my goal.
And if I try my very best,
Then richly blessed I'll be,
Wearing inside God's holy house
White dress number three,
So today I make this pledge:
I'll strive to choose the right,
Through this sacred baptism ordinance
In my second dress of white.