Monday, December 15, 2014

{American Girl Tutorial} PAB Gloria Inspired Dress


Recently, I made Peek-A-Boo Patterns Gloria Party Dress for my daughter to wear for Christmas (I still need to do a review on that). I really LOVED how it turned out and still had a bit of scrap leftover, so I decided to work on making an American Girl® version of the dress so that she could match her doll....I mean what little girl doesn't LOVE to match her doll right?!?
***I would consider myself an intermediate-advanced sewer, but this really was very easy to put together!***

A few things you will need before we get started:

Liberty Jane Trendy T-Shirt Pattern (it's free!!!!)
Main- 1/2 yd. Stretch Lace
Lining- 1/3 yd. Knit
6"- Ultra Thin Velcro (or you can buy the wider and just cut it in half)

Do you have all that ready to go? Ok, let's get started!

1. Print out your LJ Trendy T-Shirt pattern and cut it out. Now, the tee is short sleeved, but on my daughter's dress I made 3/4 length sleeves, so I added about 3" to the length of the sleeve before I cut it out.
2. Before you cut your fabric, cut 2" off of the bottom of both the front and back pattern pieces (this makes it so your finished result is a high-waisted skirt). Cut out all pieces in your Main Fabric. Including a piece that is 20x7 1/2" which will be your skirt piece.


3. What I did to create my lining was, using the Trendy T-Shirt pattern, I cut 2" from the top so that will result in same look of the Gloria Party Dress. Cut out all pieces for your Lining Fabric, including a piece that is 20x7" which will be your skirt piece. ***NOTE. You do NOT need to cut sleeves out of your lining fabric***


4. Hem all 3 pieces of your top Linings by turning 1/4" and top stitching.


5. Baste all 3 Lining pieces to your Main fabric pieces using a long, but narrow zig zag stitch using 1/4" seam allowance.


6. Assemble your top as directed in the LJ Trendy T-Shirt Pattern.---> Here are a few pictures of that process.






7.  Hem both of your skirt pieces up 1/4".
8. Baste your Main skirt to your Lining skirt pieces using the same long, but narrow zig zag stitch.
9. Using a straight basting stitch, sew along the top edge of your skirt. Gather to fit the width of your top piece.


10. Pin gathered skirt to top piece and stitch using 1/2" seam this time. Finish your seam by serging or using a zig zag stitch. Press seam toward the top and topstitch.



11. Serge along the two unfinished edges at the back of the dress. Fold over 1/2" and stitch in place.


12. Cut a length of Velcro to fit the top part of your dress and a second to attatch to the skirt.
13. Attach Velcro to the inside of the dress on one side, sewing along all four edges, and the opposite piece of Velcro to the outside edge of the dress on the opposing side so that they match up. Repeat with second piece of Velcro.


14. Viola!!!!! You are done :) Make sure that you head on over to Peek-A-Boo Patterns and purchase the Peek-A-Boo Gloria Party Dress if you haven't already :)



When I surprised my daughter with the dress, so was SO HAPPY and EXCITED that she cried...it was so incredibly sweet!


PS. I also made Ruthie (her AG doll, a mini pearl bracelet and necklace with some 10mm stretch jewelry string and some mini pearls).

Do you have any questions? Please leave them in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by.

{Courtney}

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Introducing RUDY {Peacful Pal}

For a limited time, I am offering Rudy, the reindeer {Peaceful Pal}! I am so excited for this little guy. Isn't he sweet?!?

As with all {Peaceful Pals}, he comes with a special heart on his tush that is perfect for adding a drop of essential oil to. Does your little one have a hard time sleeping at night? Add a drop of Peace & Calming essential oil, let them snuggle with their {Peaceful Pal} and watch them fall asleep peacefully.


 ***Rudy smells AMAZING wearing Christmas Spirit by the way....he just wanted you to know that!***

I have only a limited quantity available, so get yours before they are gone! If you are interested in a custom, please email me at courtney@thewholesomemama.com.

I have also been working on some Christmas projects...




Check out these adorable reuse-able Christmas gift tags. I cannot wait to use these guys.






and a few clutches and pouches to stock in my SHOP soon!

Which one is your favorite? What projects have you been working on lately? Leave me a comment letting me know!

{Courtney}

Monday, December 1, 2014

{Truth in the Tinsel} Day One:

I don't know about you, but December is my favorite month! There is so much to be thankful for and so many traditions that we have, connecting family together.

Growing up, my parents had quite a few traditions that they started with us, and so many of them we still do to this day. I knew that it was important in starting my own family, to also have some of our own. This year, I decided that it was really important for me to truly teach my children what the true meaning of Christmas is...besides presents and Santa. Thus came my decision in starting Truth in the Tinsel.  This program is amazing....it's a crafty advent devotion all wrapped into one...and crafty is right up my alley!

Now, it's been a while since I have really blogged, so I am not sure if you know or not, but this year I started homeschooling my children. When I found Truth in the Tinsel I knew that it would be a perfect supplement to our curriculum, My Father's World. Once I started following the creator of this awesome program, Amanda, on Facebook I knew that I had made the right decision and that I was in for a special treat (I just love all of her posts)!

So, today begins DAY ONE! We had some other activities planned throughout the day, so I didn't get to devote as much time to it as I would have liked, but the kids still loved it and totally got the message (which made my <3 so happy)!

Jesus is the LIGHT of the World




I did this ornament a little different than in the e-book so that the end result would hold up a bit more...I mean who doesn't love a handmade ornament...especially one made by a child! I drew a candlestick and flame onto felt and let them cut it out.


...and glue them onto the felt circle (I think that we need to work on "less is more" with the glue).


 



They are so proud...can you tell which one of my children keeps me busy?!?



Tomorrow, when they are dry, I will stitch around the pieces to reinforce them a bit more, add the back, and a little stuffing! We had a fabulous first day and cannot wait to see what the rest of Advent brings.

Here are some pictures of the kiddos opening their Lego Advent Calendars this morning. I must they that they are SO excited for these. My youngest has already tried opening a few more days multiple times today.










AND......we can' forget about the Little people Nativity set that came out to play today too!



ETA: I totally forgot to share about MY devotion that I am using. I found an amazing study  that I over at Good Morning Girls and totally fell in love with as I used it this morning....and it's FREE!!!!!!!

http://womenlivingwell.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Advent-Ebook1.pdf
(click on the picture to go to the PDF)

If you are doing a daily devotion with your children or something for this advent season, leave me a comment below. Thanks for visiting! Keep Christ in Christmas and have a blessed day.

{Courtney}