2019 Color of the Year: Fabric Inspiration

Hey friends!!! I am soooo excited for the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019: Living Coral. As a child, I grew up loving the color pink! Everything was pink, pink, pink. But as I am getting older (so gracefully, if I could add), my color taste has become a bit more refined and I definitely dig the coral vibes! The color is cheerful, bright and adds warmth during these cooler months. But you don’t have to wait for spring or summer to add some coral touches to your wardrobe! Let’s take a look at some of my favorite coral fabrics:

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If you want to take the shortcut and get right to shopping, you can head to my Color of the Year board here.

Stripes

Along with my refined color pallet, I am totally feeling the business casual vibes for 2019. These striped fabrics are on point!

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I love this grey and coral wool from Mood. I could totally rock a striped blazer, skinny jeans and a nice heel for a date night!

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This white and coral linen also from Mood is begging to become some great trousers like the Lander pant from True Bias.

Knits

If you’re not into the business casual look, let’s check out these coral-y knits for your comfy and cozy patterns:

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A marled sweater knit from Fabric.com would make an awesome poncho in cooler temps! Sooooo cozy!

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You know my love of duster cardigans is DEEP, so I’d totally love a Darcey Duster in this gorgeous Ponte de Roma from Fabric.com.

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It’s like as if some fabric companies just knew what the 2019 color of the year would be when they released their late 2018 collections!

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A gorgeous Odgen Cami in this spectacular rayon challis from Cotton & Steel/Rifle Paper Co. would be the perfect pop of coral!

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I can totally see myself walking the beach in a Giselle Kimono sewn from this fun Cotton & Steel/Rifle Paper Co lawn print.

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Lastly, this incredible floral from Margaret Jeane for Hawthorne Supply Co is the perfect print to ease your way into adding coral! You can order this print in poplin, rayon, quilting cotton, canvas and knit so the pattern pairings are endless!


 

I hope you found inspiration to add some coral into your wardrobe this year! Whether you want to go for a solid coral or a subtle coral, I am sure this 2019 Color of the Year will bring you some warmth and cheer.

Let me know which fabric was your favorite and what you’d love to sew with it in the comments below! I can’t wait to add some coral into my own wardrobe so stay tuned for some great looks in 2019 with some of these prints!

One Thimble Tour 20: Miss Camila Kaftan

I can’t believe it’s time for another fantastic issue of One Thimble Sewing E-Zine. If you’ve been a long-time reader of Lily Shine Creates, you will have followed our sewing adventures with some really incredible One Thimble patterns over the last several years. Issue 20 is jam packed with adorable summer sewing patterns, informative and useful articles for small business or home sewers, and of course lots of great coupon codes and deals for those featured pattern shops and sewing companies!

This issue came just in time for our end of summer fun on the lake. I couldn’t resist sewing up the Miss Camille Kaftan for myself. Let’s check out what I made:

The Miss Camille Kaftan is a great beginner pattern, has printable layer option and is for sizes 2-16 US/ 6-20 AU.

The tutorial has great tips and sewing instructions with illustrated drawings for each step. The pattern is super fast and sews up easily; the hem takes the longest to press and sew!

I sewed up my Miss Camille Kaftan using this gorgeous tie dye rayon from Joann Fabrics. The rayon print has the perfect drape and light body for a flowy, beach look!

Big thanks to Pattern Revolution for organizing the tour, One Thimble and Jenn for the amazing new issue and to all the pattern contributors! Stellar job all! Issue 20 is a hit!!!

Be sure to enter the fantastic giveaway for $50 One Thimble credit:
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Self Care with Cricut {Blog Tour} & Knit Headband Tutorial

Hey friends! If you read my post from last month about some new habits I’m taking on this year, you would know by now that I’m a huge advocate for some good, quality self-care so when Jessica reached out asking for bloggers to join her self-care with Cricut tour…it was a definitely yes from me! If you missed the previous days of the tour, at the end of my post there is a clickable tour schedule you can go back and see what has been shared already! Some of the projects are on my to-do list because they are just too cool to pass up! At the end of the post, you can download the Free E-Book that contains all the great projects included in this tour.


I work at a local gym 4 days a week and love to run on my off days. I have a pretty extensive night time skin care routine. With that said, I often need my hair up and out of my face but could definitely use some help making the whole look a lot cuter than a basic messy bun! My self-care project will walk you through how to use your Cricut Maker cutting machine and a simple sewing machine to create these super cute, super easy and super fun Knit Headbands in just a few minutes!

Knit Headband Tutorial

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Supplies Needed:

You’ll start by firing up your Cricut Maker, installing the Rotary Blade into the tool housing and open up this cut file.

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Lay your knit scrap onto your 12 x 24 mat. I like to lay the knit on the mat and then cut it to fit on the sticky portion of the cutting mat. Be sure not to stretch or have wrinkles in the knit. Also, be sure to press down the edges of the knit so that it doesn’t curl up once the mat is loaded.

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Cut out the two rectangles- the larger will be your headband and the smaller will be the part that covers up the raw edge of the headband, I’ll call it the headband loop. Peel away the excess knit scrap and you’ll move over to the sewing machine.

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Fold each rectangle in half, with right sides touching and the long raw edges lining up. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance along the long raw edge with a stretch stitch as shown below.

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Use a tube turner to turn both rectangles right side out. Shift the seam to the middle of the headband and press flat. Fold the headband piece in half, right sides touching and short raw edges lining up. Sew along the short raw edge with 1/4″ seam allowance.IMG_9596

Cinch the headband along the short sewn edge, towards the seam side of the headband. Secure with a small dab of hot glue.

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Take the headband loop and slide it in the middle of the headband at the cinched portion. Bring one raw edge of the loop to the middle of the headband. Secure with a small dab of hot glue.

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Fold the remaining raw edge of the headband loop in and then bring it to the middle of the headband. Secure with another small dab of hot glue.

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I hope that gets you inspired and excited for some self care sewing projects, and for cute, easy headbands!!!

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If you create your own headbands from this tutorial, please tag me on Instagram! I can’t wait to see what you sew up!


Self -Care with Cricut Tour Schedule

3/19: DIY Adult Onesie with Sassy Drop Seat // DIBY Club
3/19: Matching Robe and Slipper Set // Not So Cli-Shéa
3/20: Custom Sleep Masks // See Lindsay
3/20: Mother of the Bride HTV Tote // Dragon Fly and Lily Pads
3/21: Mug Rug and Custom Coffe Mug // Sally’s Angelworks
3/22: Peppermint Scrub and Container // Practical and Pretty
3/22: Me-Time Custom Socks // Clarks Condensed
3/23: Personalized Throw Blanket // The Quiet Grove
3/24: Felt and Fabric Bookmark // Crafting in the Rain
3/24: Adult Coloring Book // Jordan’s Easy Entertaining
3/25: Ice Cream Cozy // Pattern Revolution
3/25: Bow Pencil Case // Sook Ee Designs
3/26: Manicure Mitts // Intrepid Thread
3/26: Mantra Banner // Albion Gould
3/27: Knit Headbands // Lily Shine Creates


Download the free mini-magazine of all the awesome projects below!!!

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2017 in Review and a Look Ahead at 2018

2017 was a huge year for my muses and I! We started designing for Violette Field Threads and have been so thrilled to be a part of such an incredible team! I thought it would be fun to look at some highlights of 2017 and then get a glimpse at what’s coming next in 2018!

My debut pattern with VFT was Nora. She will always be near and dear to my heart and I have to admit that those sleeves make my heart flutter every.single.time.

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Probably my favorite part of working with VFT has been getting to work side by side with one of my very best sepals, Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine. We had a few fun pattern collaborations in 2017:

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And we finished the year off with an epic duo, Blithe and Valentina:

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Phewww! What a year!!!! I am so happy to end 2017 with a heart of gratitude, joy and so much creativity for the new year to begin!

 

Speaking of the New Year…let’s look at some fabric inspiration for 2018 Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet! Click the image below to see more great fabric choices to get you started in 2018!

Thank you all for following along this past year. Your comments, likes and support keeps me going when the going gets tough, and sparks my creativity to keep thinking more outside the box, trying new techniques, and striving to be better and better! XOXO.

Friday Favorites: Holiday Fabrics and Patterns

I am sure most of you have gotten a pretty good start on your holiday sewing but just in case…I thought I would share with you what Holiday prints are trending and some great patterns to pair with your new fabrics!

Let’s first talk fabric trends for this Holiday season:

  1. Nutcrackers. Yes, classic and quirky- you’ll be seeing Nutcrackers again this year all over the place! Here are a few of my favorite Nutcracker themed prints:

 

2. Velvet. This trend is all over ready-to-wear fashion, why not bring it to handmade apparel too? The great part about velvet is that is so soft and cozy. The unfortunate part is that it can be a beast to sew with- be sure to stock up on a walking foot and some hem tape and you’ll be good to go! Here are some great velvets:

3. Non-traditional holiday colors. Out with red and green, this year you’ll be seeing more mints, blush pinks, navy blues and rich golds. Here are some of my favorite fabric collections featuring some of those great non-traditional holiday hues:

4. Winter Florals. Big peonies, poppies and bouquets of mixed blooms are popping up all over holiday themed prints. A fun new collaboration between Hawthorne Threads and Indy Bloom, you won’t want to miss Indy Bloom Christmas! Be sure to grab some of these gorgeous prints in the new Rayon substrate and you’ll love the smooth feel and beautiful drape for apparel.

5. Cozy knits. Handmade loungewear is all the rage this year…because nothing makes that quintessential in-front-of-the-Christmas-tree-on-Christmas-morning photo like the most precious mama-made PJs!

6. Embelished Tulle. Move over crunchy, itchy tulle…fabric manufactures are now offering the most gorgeous embroidered and embellished tulles perfect for the special occasion dress!

What a lovely round up of holiday prints!!! The great thing about most of them is that they are subtly holiday and are great for all winter long!


Now that you’ve done your fabric shopping…let’s take a look at some new patterns that would be perfect for your holiday prints!!!

Let’s start with some comfy jammies!!! Loving this new pattern:

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Need a fancy dress pattern for the Nutcracker Ballet, a holiday party or Christmas card photos?? Since there’s always more than one holiday party, be sure to get these both:

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As the temperatures drop and you need some velvet coziness in your life, meet Clementine!

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Looking to showcase your favorite quilting cottons? Nora, in the puff sleeve option, is so sweet!

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There’s not much better than a twirly Velvet dress!!!! The Julianna pattern has the perfect circle skirt for the ultimate twirl factor!

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I hope you feel inspired to tackle your holiday sewing projects with some new fabrics, new patterns and some motivation to get things done before Christmas Eve!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

 

 

 

 

Loli Dress {One Thimble Issue 14}

Hey all!!! If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time (did you notice the name change?!?!), you know by now that I have insane love and adoration of Jen and the One Thimble sewing ezine. Every issue is jam packed with super trendy and fun patterns, incredible articles written to inspire and inform sewists and small business owners, and the greatest collection of coupon codes! Check out this issue’s contributors:

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Issue 14 has just released and I’m thrilled to share one of the exciting new patterns included in the ezine.

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Meet the Loli Dress, pattern designed by Bobkin Designs. It is sweet, delicate and brings full summer vibes! Written for sizes 2-10, the pattern includes a measurement chart to help you select the perfect size.

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Let’s talk about the amazing options included in the Loli Dress pattern

1) Dress or Top length

2) Button back closure or Elastic back

3) Cross over ties or Straight ties

4) Spaghetti Straps or Bias straps

5) Enclosed bodice or Topstitched bodice

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Now let’s take a look at the Loli dress I sewed up in the most incredible fabric from the Sage Fabric Collection by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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I just *had* to play with the Painted Desert Night print. Seriously- it’s SoCal embraced in jewel tones. The “painted” florals make my heart melt. Ahhhhhh.

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My daughter, obviously, loves flowers and flowy dresses so the Loli Dress in Sage fabrics was a winning combination for sure! Her expression when she realized she dropped the flowers on the ground. Too funny.

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I loved sewing up this really confident-beginner friendly dress. The illustrated tutorial is concise yet contains helpful notes to make this dress with the desired options. I did add some length to the dress to give her a little bit of growing room throughout spring and summer. I know another growth spurt is on it’s way and with this beauty I wanted to max out the wearability!

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I look forward to seeing what the other amazing makers sewed up from One Thimble Issue 14. Be sure to check in on each stop of the blog tour, hosted by Pattern Revolution.

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Back to School with M4M

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Back to School already?!?!!? I swear just yesterday my oldest sweetie graduated from Kinder and here we are- August- ready to go back to school! I can’t believe how fast the summer goes by but boy was it a fun one!

The darling mermaids over at Made for Mermaids invited me to join the fun in their sewing-star studded Back to School blog tour and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a new pattern, shop for some fun fabrics and dress my girl up in a cute new school outfit! Let’s a take a look at what I sewed up!

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I eagerly picked the Katelyn Jumper to play with and it is just SO precious! The Katelyn Jumper is for girls sizes 1/2 through 14, has fun pockets and super cute button straps. It is a super quick sew with really beginner friendly instructions.

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For the fabrics, I shopped Hawthorne Threads for some fun back to school inspired fabrics and selected this great typewriter print from Pastel Thrift for Art Gallery Fabrics for the skirt fabric and Apples in Green from the London Calling collection from Robert Kaufman.

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Anytime that I sew something and there are pockets I always receive the biggest hug and the most compliments from my kiddos. Pockets make everything better!

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The jumper pattern has generous ease so the dress can just slip on and off over the head easily. I see it as a great dress that will get lots of wear as she grows!

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When I started cutting the skirt I noticed that the letters weren’t just random but that there were several hidden inspirations in the print! I’ll leave you with this photo as encouragement as you “make” your little ones their Back to School wardrobes! Happy sewing!!!

Big thanks to the Made for Mermaids crew for allowing me to join in on their great blog tour. Be sure to follow along to see all the great sews along the way! I’m sure after seeing all the great inspiration you’ll want to pick up some patterns so be sure to use the coupon code “M4MB2S” for 20% Off (Excludes fabric).

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Gracie by Blaverry

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When you have to move from Hawaii, a part of your heart longs for the beach on a daily basis. Thankfully, our new spot in California isn’t too far from the ocean and we can continue on with our beachy-photo set up! The girls and I went exploring in Del Mar to find this cute and cozy beach, spotless on a rainy day like yesterday! Thankfully the sun started to break through the clouds just as we climbed down the rocky path and out onto the soft, cool sand. In comes Gracie, the most darling, slim fit, knit raglan dress from Blaverry patterns. 

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I’ll get into details in a moment, but let’s cut to the best feature- the nice sized kangaroo pouch pocket that my girls couldn’t keep their hands out of! Maybe it was the brisk 70 degree day, or the fact that the adore all the pockets on all the dresses! I love the cute skirt flounce that makes it a fresh and girly style!

Gracie is written for girls sizes 2t to 16y and includes a child’s measurement chart (chest and waist only) along with finished measurement chart (length and chest only). The designer uses the layer printing option so I only selected the sizes I needed to print and saved paper and ink! The tutorial features digital images for the pattern construction rather than real-life photos.  I enjoy the succinct and direct style of the tutorial, definitely written for the advanced sewist who doesn’t require hand-holding. Blaverry styles remind me of what I see at the Nordstrom kids department- clean lines, tailored fit and simple fashion. My girls adore their Gracie’s and I enjoy a good, fast, sew so there will be many more to come!

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Gracie is a quick sew for those comfortable working with knit fabrics. I chose this really great cotton/spandex blend from Joann’s in a navy/emerald anchor print, a super summery pink and emerald stripe from the Doodles collection and tied both dress together with a emerald interlock. I got home only to realize how Ralph Lauren-esq these dresses were turning out! I’m sure he’d be proud.

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Head over to Blaverry’s facebook group and check out some great Gracie inspiration from her customers and fellow promoters!

The Naples Dress Blog Tour

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3/21: A Jennuine Life * My Sweet Sunshine * Chelise Patterson
3/22: Rock the Stitch * Taylor Made Creates * Élégantine!
3/23: Handcrafted by RED * Lily Shine * Pattern Revolution * Sew Sophie Lynn
3/24: Sew Shelly Sew * 2 Little Hooligans * Handmade Boy
3/25: Filles à Maman * While She Was Sleeping * That’s-Sew-Kari * Czarina’s Project

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Hey all!!! I am back to blog all about K’s new favorite twirly angel dress (as she’s named it), from the Naples Dress pattern by Jennuine Designs. I am so fortunate to be on this great line up of really fabulous and talented bloggers for the Naples Dress Blog Tour and can’t wait to share all about it!

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The Naples Dress pattern is written for sizes newborn through girls 12- woah is that a phenomenal size range!!! It includes a whole plethora of options including: 4 sleeve options, 2 skirt options, 2 length options, several necktie/closure options and instructions for splitting the back bodice if desired. The pattern features illustrations for visuals of the thorough step-by-step tutorial. My favorite PDF pattern feature, layer printing, is a great asset to the Naples Dress pattern. I found Jennifer’s tutorial to be very detailed, full of great tips and various techniques to create a one-of-a-kind dress, and very professional in finish and presentation.

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K asked to have a dress length, full and twirly gathered skirt and the butterfly sleeves. I chose to sew the skinny bias tie option for the neckline closure and kept the back bodice with plenty of room for easy on/off. She put my skills to the test and twirled her way around the field until she almost fell over!

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Can we discuss these amazing fabrics???? Art Gallery Fabrics generously sponsored all the fabric for this blog tour and I was like a giddy kid in a candy shop picking out the perfect pairing for our Naples Dress. After hours of going back and forth on combinations, I finally was able to decide on the most glorious, buttery smooth, Icy Mint solid knit and my new obsession: Painterly Wash from the AGF Denim Studio. Both fabrics were the perfect weight, drape and texture for the Naples Dress pattern. I love the flowy, airy feel of this combination!

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Use code NAPLESTOUR for 25% off through Sunday 3/27 (bundles excluded as those are already discounted) and get your copy of the Naples Dress pattern today!

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Essentials II by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics and a choice of any three PDF patterns from Jennuine Designsa Rafflecopter giveaway. International friends- AGF is generously including you in the giveaway!

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Thanks for checking out my stop on this fabulous blog tour! Jump back up to the top and click around to the various other stops along the way this week…each Naples Dress is so unique and fun- it’s great to see each blogger’s style really shine through this versatile style! Thank you, Jennifer, for including me. We love our Naples Dress.

Katy Perry NYE Blog Party: {After} Christmas Tree

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a great week of relaxation, contemplation and reflection of the previous year, and of course, to eat obscene amounts of cookies, pies, and leftovers. For me, it’s always a time of pondering when to take down the Christmas decorations and what in the world should I do with the Christmas tree? This is K’s pondering face. Or maybe it’s her “Mom, it’s freezing out, why am I standing in a Christmas tree??” face.

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When the Katy Perry NYE Blog Party sign ups went around, I started pondering further: What would Katy Perry do with her Christmas tree? Just throw it out? Leave it up for rockin around on NYE? Too basic. It was a no brainer- Katy would most definitely…wear her Christmas tree.

I’ve been seeing lots of link ups and pins about making a dressform Christmas tree dress, but only came across one actual “dress” from a Christmas tree. I always like to pave the way to new ideas, so here you have it- Christmas tree dress for my sweet December baby.

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I know what you are thinking- how in the world did a Christmas tree (in this specific instance, TWO trees) turn into a skirt like that???? A quick trip to the local Tractor Supply Co. to pick up some vinyl chicken wire (thank goodness they had green vinyl coated wire because that silver stuff is so pokey!), a not-so-quick trip to Jo-Ann’s for some fabulous and on-trend Buffalo Plaid and white faux fur, and we were set to start our adventure!

My husband and I started shaping the wire into a skirt form.

Once we had the skirt base made, we took scrap branches from our Christmas tree and started layering in the tree branches by weaving them into the wire.

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After we used up our existing branches, I wasn’t satisfied with the look and ran out for a second tree. It happens. I’m sure KP herself has a big enough tree to make dresses for herself and her bffs. We only had a 14.5 footer. Seriously.

The second tree provided the right amount of fullness and texture I was hoping for, and so I set my sights on sewing up something for the bodice.

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I was fortunate enough to test the Cora Bolero pattern from Violette Field Threads, but hadn’t had a chance to sew up a version with the awesome asymetrical collar option. I figured KP would like something big and bold- and of course some fun textured fabrics like the buffalo plaid flannel and white faux fur gave it just the extra spunk to meet the celebrity’s signature style.

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To take things over the top just a bit more, I dreamed up styling K’s hair into a Christmas tree topper bow- cascading sparkle ribbon and hair looped extra big and extra glam.

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Now, this ensemble was ready and set to photograph for almost a week before the weather cooperated enough to give us some lovely snow to complete the look. I mean, if you HAVE to be in Michigan for the holidays, it ought to be wintery and full of snow, right???

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So there you have it- a Katy Perry inspired Christmas tree dress fit for a stylish diva. Next year when you are contemplating what to do with that left-over tree, why not hack it up and make something pretty for yourself???

 

 

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The party doesn’t end here! Check out this amazing lineup of bloggers that are celebrating the New Year in full Katy Perry style:

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Blog Host: Becca at Sewing Stadium

Cassie at Lily Shine Boutique

Miranda at Inspinration

Starly at Sew Starly

New Year’s Day

Ajaire at Call Ajaire

Candice at Candice Ayala

Shelly at Sew Shelly Sew

Jeanine at The Crafting Fiend

Audrey at Skirt Fixation