Monday, April 30, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Nursery Decor

Since my new niece, Juliet was recently born we wanted to make her a set of embroidery hoops with her name on them for her nursery. Here's a step by step tutorial on how we made them. 

First, if you don't want the original wood color of the embroidery hoops you can paint them. We painted ours white.
 Before printing the letters you have to decide the layout order of the embroidery hoops because they will be different sizes. Next, print out each letter according to the size of the embroidery hoop it will be going on.

Cut out each letter.

Pick your fabrics and trace with chalk on the wrong side of the fabric around the embroidery hoop. Cut 3/4" past your marking line.

 Here I've cut almost all the fabrics.
 Cut out each letter with fabric and fusible interfacing. Fuse the interfacing onto the letter. Pin the letter in the center of your fabric circle and stitch an 1/8" in from the edge of the letter. We are creating a raw edge applique.
 Put your fabric in the embroidery hoop and trim the excess material away. You are now finished!

Here's what all our letters look like in the end.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Learning to Sew at an Early Age!

Eloise, our niece loves to come into our shop and watch us sew. She has been learning to say so many new words latetly so it's fun to hear her talk. Here's a little video of her talking away with us in the shop the other day.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lollipop Dress

My name is Emily, I am fourteen years old, and I have been working at Bella Jean Boutique for about a year. Recently I got to take home a project and complete it from start to finish. Since we have been having some sunny days I made a lightweight, cotton dress. The combination of the tie and shirred sleeves makes it a little adjustable just in case your daughter grows over the summer. One of the sunny days last week my niece was over and I got the opportunity to take pictures of her in the dress. I am looking forward to taking on more projects like this.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Classic Vintage Sailor Dress...

Ever since we have been on our new venture to make clothing that is classic and beautiful, I have been looking for a vintage pattern to make a sailor dress. I have always loved them, and done the right way I knew this could be a hit! After endlessly searching, I found a pattern for the style I wanted. Unfortunately that pattern was not for sale anywhere! Finally I decided it was time to make up a pattern. I found three patterns that I already had that were to make up this dress...
The dress I was copying

From this pattern I used the sailor style collar.

I used the bodice of this one...since it crossed in front I was able to make modifications, This way it gave me the double breasted look I wanted! 
I took the sleeves and skirt from this pattern...
As you see, a little creativity, some adjustments and details made this dress have the look I wanted! O and did I mention...Those buttons unbutton and the whole front of the dress opens up to make it easy to get on and off your little one!