Little Apron for a little girl

Kid's animal apron
Kid’s animal apron- a view from my studio

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As you can see in the photos above, I’ve free-handed a very cute child size apron for a girl- size 4. Instead of a regular hemline, I decided to add a frill made from the same material as the bodice.

The neck ties are also made from the same material- I did this by making a simple bias tape that I stitched together over top of raw edges. The result is a very finished look- and a garment that will last for years to come. 

Bam! Sexy aprons on model chicks!

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Gladiatrix apron- modeled by Kamilla

Both designs are available in my LillyBoChic store on Etsy!

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Model- Kamilla Koral ECE
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Throwback to an early LBC apron modeled by yours truly

My dear friend helped me model a few of my apron designs- and honestly, the product shows so much better on a real person, as opposed to a mannequin. I will definitely continue to use models, and I will try to actively recruit friends and family for this.

What a sexy and cute thing you have there!

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Model- Kamila Koral ECE.- Design available in my LillyBoChic Store on  Etsy
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Model- Kamilla Koral ECE

This was a freehand design from a while ago. Really original and totes hot look!

I really let my imagination run with this one, (No sketches, or pre-determination of how the apron would turn out). I dare anyone to find something exactly like this!

I started with the concept of a drawstring waisted apron that would feature a deep front pocket and incorporated frills. The best part about this design is that the waist is slotted into the bodice of the apron. This pretty much guarantees that the waist ties will never come detached–ever! The full execution of this design took me about 6 hours, and it is a lovely addition to the LillyBoChic collection.

Do it yourself: turn a men’s dress shirt into a cute blouse

 

 

Press entire shirt flat at seams with iron on high- always consider the type of material when using an iron. Never burn your threads!
Press entire shirt flat at seams with iron on high- always consider the type of material when using an iron. Never burn your threads!

 

Cut sleeves off evenly- avoid any "jagged" cuts.
Cut sleeves off evenly- avoid any “jagged” cuts.

 

 

Turn the shirt inside out and mark curves to give a more feminine fit to the shirt.
Turn the shirt inside out and mark curves to give a more feminine fit to the shirt.

 

Take both sleeves that were separated from the shirt body; and cut down the arm seam.
Take both sleeves that were separated from the shirt body; and cut down the arm seam.

 

 

Lay the cut open sleeve flat on your ironing board- press with your hot iron
Lay the cut open sleeve flat on your ironing board- press with your hot iron

Yes- this quadrilateral is supposed to illustrate a sleeve cut open and pressed/ironed flat. In the next step it will be clear why we did this…

 

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Cut strips of fabric that are two inches wide using a ruler to get uniform cuts. Do this for each sleeve, as you will be using this material as bias tape.

We will use the sleeves to make bias tape for our sleeves and add an accent waist strap for our new re-fashioned top.

I will post future items on how exactly bias tape making works- but for now you can check out this blog at www.danamadeit.com to see how it is done.

The finished product includes bias taped sleeves, and a waist tie accent.

 

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Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.

That’s all for now, thanks for stopping by!

-S

Guest Bedroom Re-fresh

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My small guest room refresh started with choosing a bright and comforting wall colour called: Blue Hydrangea.

 

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Using Behr Ultra colour from The Home Depot we only needed two coats of paint.

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Installing a ceiling fan was no walk in the park: before securing the fan, we had to go into the attic space to ensure outlet box was mounted to a beam. That way there would be both something secure for the fan to screw into, and no danger of the fan becoming loose and falling from its mount years later.

 

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We installed the crown moulding with a soft metallic seashell colour from Rustoleum’s Metallic paint line from the Home Depot. As a finishing touch, we replaced the old wood bi-fold doors with border-less mirrored bi-fold doors. I just love the idea of replacing wooden doors with mirrored doors for rooms that don’t have formal mirrors. They are functional and help to save on space.

 

Here are some final shots of the crown moulding after using some extra coats of Rustoleum’s Metallic paint in Seashell.

 

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Sun dress for the young animal lover

Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)
Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)
Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)
Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)

This design was not my own- I developed a technique that I read about in a couture sewing manual that spoke to the replication of garments. The replication of garments is often done when you have a piece of clothing that fits well and has a great original design, but unfortunately due to time, (and loving it so much) the clothing becomes worn, torn, or the material goes out of style.

For this dress (seen above- Sun dress for the young animal lover), I took apart an old dress piece by piece and transferred the shapes onto new material. When deconstructing a garment it is important to take photos of what the original looked like, that way you wont loose track of how the newly created sections will fit together.

The end-product will leave you with an exact replica of the old piece of clothing, and if you save the old pieces that you used to transfer on to the new ones, you will be able to recreate the garment over and over again!

-S