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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you Needle and Ted for showing how to make this dress for a child. It worked!
Salagadoola mechicka boola
It’ll do magic, believe it or not
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 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.
It doesn’t take much to find Disney fabrics in every substrate from fleece to quilting cotton, but the one thing that has been missing has been cotton knits. FINALLY, they are available, but so far, we’ve only seen them online.
These knits are a light to medium weight cotton knit that is substantial enough that it is not see through, but are light enough knits that the fabric edges curl up after washing. They are a good weight for t-shirts, but not leggings, etc.
This shirt is the Oliver and S Field Trip Raglan pattern sewn with the Many Faces of Mickey fabric we purchased from Fabric.com and black cotton jersey from Hancocks Fabrics.
This shirt is a basic t-shirt pattern split diagonally in the front and back so we could use both the Anna Sketch fabric and Elsa Sketch fabric together. This fabric was also ordered from Fabrics.com.
The fabrics are 58″ wide and were listed at $12.98/yard. They are made by Springs Creative who is the manufacturer of the Disney fabrics at Joanns/Hancocks, etc., so hopefully, those stores will start to carry some of the knits in the near future.
When you are out on a run and your mind is wandering, it is easy to come up with some crazy ideas that you can’t wait to get home to try out. That is the genesis of this next top.
When we purchased the letter buttons for the corduroy jacket, they came with a set of colored buttons with the same letters. We had some fabric at home that looked ok with the button colors so decided to try the free Izzy top pattern from Climbing the Willow. But, we wanted to add a little twist to the bodice to tie it in with the MICKEY buttons.
The crazy running idea was to see if it was possible to make a Mickey head with honeycomb smocking. I drew dots in a circle at 2 points along the radius for a Mickey head and Mickey ears. Then, I did honeycomb smocking of the head first and then ears. I wasn’t sure if it would work or not, but the fabrics were leftover pieces from some old quilt projects, so it was no cost if it didn’t work.
The dots for the outer perimeter of the circles were 1/4 inch apart. If I were doing it again, I would place them closer together.
After the honeycomb smocking was done, I basted around the shape of the Izzy pattern top to hold the fabric in place and then cut it out. The bodice is lined, so the back of the smocking is covered.
Free pattern, leftover fabric, and an idea that kind of worked! Guess that means we better lace up our running shoes and head back out.
This has been a good year for finding Disney fabrics that are a little more artistic and subtle than the usual cartoonish fabrics that have always been available.
The first top is made from the Children’s Corner Abbie pattern. It is a lined tunic that sewed together very quickly. The fabric is called Fashionable Princesses Word Badge and was from Joann’s Fabrics. This kind of fabric seems to show up randomly there and disappears pretty quickly.
The second top is the Oliver and S Puppet Show Tunic made with another Joann’s find. The Disney fabric this time is Disney Watercolor Princess Patch. Again, I only saw this fabric one time at Joann’s and haven’t seen it since.
It’s great to see Disney licensing different styles of fabric, but now, it would be nice to see the manufacturer/distributors branch out and offer a greater variety of substrates other than fleece and quilting weight cotton.
There’s a new Star Wars movie coming out in December – The Force Awakens. Maybe this means that Disney merchandising will awaken and start to stock more Star Wars shirts designed for girls and women. Until then, it’s more DIY and more glitter!
Making t-shirts is easy, especially if you have a serger, but sometimes you can find them on sale for less than the price of fabric. This t-shirt was $4 at Target.
We did another image search for Star Wars silhouettes and Star Wars title. We traced them onto the back of the glitter sheet, cut them out, and ironed them on. Don’t forget to reverse the image for letters.
Here’s another t-shirt with Princess Leia. The tee was on a $5 sale at Old Navy and the silhouette material is part of the original pack that we got at Hobby Lobby.
We’ve already started sewing for our next Disney trip (or just for playing princesses every day!). This shirt came about when we saw these Tulip Glitter Iron On Sheets at Hobby Lobby.
First, we cut a simple cap sleeve t-shirt out of white cotton interlock. Here is the pattern for the t-shirt that we drew:
You will need to draw it out full -size with each square equaling one inch. Cut out the t-shirt and apply the glitter applique to the front before you sew it together.
We just did an image search for a castle silhouette and traced around it onto the back fusible side of the shimmer material. Then, cut around it and iron in place.
Sewing the t-shirt together is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just follow the instructions on the diagram.
Everyone deserves a little sparkle!
Isabella wanted to meet Snow White on our second day at the Magic Kingdom and she was just tall enough to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so the search was on for an outfit to fit the occasion.
A trip to Joanns yielded this adorable seven dwarfs fabric which was perfect for that day:
Isabella’s top was a basic peasant-style tunic with a ruffled collar attached and princess style sleeves. There are a number of free peasant dress patterns and tutorials online including this one from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and this one from Create Kids Couture if you want to make your own.
We used the free Flounced Ruffle Capri pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in a cotton interlock for her pants.
Our goal is to find/make unique, but comfortable outfits for Isabella. Snow White gave this one her seal of approval.
Isabella’s favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells. As we got ready for our Christmas break trip to WDW, she started singing “Tinkerbell, Tinkerbell, Tinker all the way!”
SO, her clever Mama designed a graphic for a shirt for her to wear to the Magic Kingdom to meet Tinkerbell.
It was one of the only Tinkerbell shirts we saw on this trip and Tinkerbell herself heartily approved!
The shirt is made from our trusty Oliver and S Raglan t-shirt pattern and a cotton interlock from Joanns. We used an iron-on transfer paper to get the design on the shirt.
Here is the graphic if you want to make your own. Remember to flip it horizontally before printing or the text will be backwards when you iron it on.
Tinkerbell Christmas Iron-on Printable
We’ve just come back from another amazing trip to WDW and this time, we planned ahead and came up with shirts for each park. The first one was for Hollywood Studios.
Star Ears – May the Mouse be With You! Perfect for Isabella who likes Star Wars, but loves Mickey.
Isabella’s clever Mama came up with the idea which we then “designed” in Word. Here are 2 versions if your little Jedi wants one for their next Disney trip.
Curved Mickey Head Star Ears
Star Ears Printable
We used iron-on transfer paper from the fabric store on a purchased dress. Just make sure to flip the image horizontally before printing or the text will be backwards when you iron it on.