Monthly Archives: August 2017

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Remix

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Two years ago, we saw a stunning dress and tutorial on the Needle and Ted blog that used a technique called “Subtraction Cutting.”  It is a technique developed by Julian Roberts and isn’t something we would have even considered for a child until we saw the Needle and Ted blog post.  Isabella was too young at that time for such an avant-garde look, but when she turned 5 and we were at Disney World, it was time to try it.

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This was one of the most fascinating dresses to sew because it was hard to tell how it will look until you start sewing it.  We had a yard or so of the Disney princess fabric on hand and paired it with some rose printed fabric that Isabella’s great-grandmother had a dress made out of 60 years ago.

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Isabella looked like a Disney princess, but in a whole new way.  No scratchy polyester.  No seeing the same dress and hair over and over.  It was a one-of-a-kind dress for a day at the Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian.

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We got some amazing pictures of Isabella in front of the castle and in the elegant Grand Floridian and it was fun to do a more modern, custom Disney princess style for her.

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Thank you Needle and Ted for showing how to make this dress for a child.  It worked!

Salagadoola mechicka boola
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
It’ll do magic, believe it or not
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

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Winter Totoro

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Totoro winter cape

Isabella has outgrown her winter coat, so after she recently watched and fell in love with “My Neighbor Totoro”, we made her a winter Totoro cape.

The pattern is Burda 9674, view A which makes an unlined cape, but we chose to add a lining with some “fur” leftover from a couple of years ago.  The cape has pockets and a lined hood, so should be plenty warm for Alabama winters.  The outer fabric (not really sure what to call it?), was purchased several years ago and never put to use before.  The toggle fasteners are from Hobby Lobby.

Totoro felt applique diy

Totoro was made from wool and acrylic felt with double-sided fusible on the back and stitched on with monofilament thread.

It’s always fun to make a one-of-a-kind outfit for Isabella that coordinates with her current movie favorites.