Thursday, August 30, 2012

Minnie Dresses

The last project I made for Disney was Minnie Mouse pillowcase dresses. I have made a few and I use a pretty rough pattern that I doubt I’d remember if I had to since it was a compilation of three different blog tutorials. Luckily, I remembered my friend Kim’s post about all her Disney clothes she did for her trip to Disneyland and we had even discussed that the tutorial she used was super easy. I decided that since I was crunched for time, I would do a very easy one. 

It took me a few reads to get it, but once I did, the dresses were super easy. I then copied Kim’s idea and added the letters to the dresses. I just free handed the letters, the traced backwards onto the steam a seam. Pretty simple. The only down side is the expensive Disney fabric is super thin, but I am thinking the girls will appreciate that in the Florida heat. 

Minnie Dresses: 

 Letter up close: 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lanyards for Disney

I found a tutorial on making lanyards for Disney. So I decided to make the girls matching lanyards for pins. I knew they wouldn’t really get the whole pin trading thing yet, but they would like having a little lanyard like their brother.

I remember our first trip to Disneyland with the dude and my dad bought him the Buzz Lightyear one he still has. He then got him a few pins to trade but the dude would NOT trade even the duplicate pins. He insisted they were his and he was not giving them away. It was kinda funny, we both tried to get him to get into the trading but he didn’t. This time he was all about trading and collecting the pins.

The only thing different for the girls was I added some Minnie ribbon, so one side is pink with white polka dots and one side is the Minnie ribbon. 



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Minnie Skirts

The next outfit I made was Minnie skirts for the girls to wear with the Minnie/Mickey shirts I made. I loosely followed this blog. I wanted the bottom tier to be longer so I kinda reversed it. I had just made the tiered skirt so I used pretty much the same measurements I used for the top layer, it was 5 inches X 21 inches for the baby (2T) and 6X21 for the older one (4T). The second layer which is the black with white polka dots was 2X21 for both. This is where it was different than the blog, so instead of a small piping, mine ended up with about a ¼ - ½ inch border between the layers. Turned out very cute, just different.  The third layer was roughly 7X21 and 10.5X21 for the girls. I also used one long piece for each layer which made it easier, in my opinion. It just depends on how your fabric is cut. This way, I only had to sew them together, then sew up the sides, then sew a casing, and add elastic. 

I ironed the middle piece in half and lined it up to the right side of fabric and sewed together:

Next I sewed the right sides together of the black and red/polka dot pieces with the black and white polka dot piece in between:

Here are the finished pieces sewed together before I sewed the sides together to make it a skirt:

Here is the finished skirt:

Here are both skirts with the Minnie shirt:

Can’t wait to take some pictures of the girls with Minnie in these.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tiered Skirts and Minnie Shirts for Disney

I decided that I was going to continue the trend of matching outfits for the girls for our Disney trip. I was at the store today and they had hot pink bike shorts and black shirts for $2.50 each. I decided to make a Minnie appliqué shirt with the black shirts and then make a tiered skirt that the girls can wear the bike shorts underneath. It turned out to be a fun and relatively easy project.

I learned my lesson with the last set of appliqué shirts to not mess with Pellon brand, luckily I had some other steam-a-seam. The Pellon just does not stick well and when it does it tends to stick to the paper and not the shirt.

I decided to make the Minnie heads smaller and add a crown. I then did a straight line stitch instead of ziz zag around the design. The shirts turned out really cute and I used matching fabric to make the skirts. I didn’t really follow a single tutorial to make the skirts. I read a few blog tutorials then grabbed some skirts from the girls closet to follow how long I wanted them and their waist size. The strips for M’s were roughly 5.5X20 (waist), 5X28 (middle), 6X38 (bottom). Charlie’s were a little smaller. Gathering is probably one of my least favorite things in sewing while I am doing it, but it just turns out so darn cute, so I suffer through it.

I have a few more projects planned before we hit Disney, lanyards for the girls (dude has one already), emergency cards for all the kids, skirts for the girls to match the Mickey shirts, and pillowcase dresses from some Minnie fabric I found today. We’ll see if I can finish all that before we leave. Their Tiana dresses will be packed, too. I am sure M will wear a princess gown one day, too. Packing will be a lot of fun for this trip (the kid’s clothing aspect). 



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Disney Shirts

We are heading to Disney soon and I wanted to make matching Disney Mickey Ears shirts for the five of us. This turned out to be a super easy and pretty cheap project.
I bought the supplies at AC Moore, the shirts were on sale for $2.99 each, sheet of black fabric was $3.19, and embellishment bows for the girl shirts came in at just under $24.I had the steam-a-seam and thread at home.
I started with tracing Mickey heads onto the shirts. You can find printable tracings online, but I just did free hand in three different sizes using the tops of my mixing bowls and different size cups.

My tracings:

Next, I ironed it onto the black fabric and then cut out:

Then remove the smooth side of the paper and iron on to the shirt:

You can be done with project at this point or add two more steps if wanted. I did a zig-zag stitch around the edges of the Mickey head and for the girls added bows. The store only had one set of sparkly bows and the princess M was NOT going to leave the store with just plain red bows which they had a ton of. So, the little girls have sparkly bows on their shirts and I have a plain red bow.

Shirt with the Sparkly Bow:

Here are the 5 finished shirts. Hubs says he is not going to be all matchy and wear the shirts, so we’ll see.