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
We are having so much fun making outfits for Shellie May, aka “Princess”, to wear both at home and at the parks.
We made these “cast member” shirts using iron on transfers that we made up. Shellie May’s t-shirt was made from a Liberty Jane free t-shirt pattern here. It fit her perfectly.
For an Epcot day, we made a kimono from McCalls 6670. We wished we had Shellie May close by when making it because sadly, it ended up a little too small through the waist for her.
She didn’t mind, though, because the Japan store and gallery are her favorites and the cast members there oohed and aahed over her in her kimono. She even got a sneak peak at Gelatoni in the Kawaii exhibit!
Stitch was the highlight of our 2016 Disney trip. We had breakfast at Ohana with Lilo and Stitch and spent Halloween at the Polynesian with “Elvis” Stitch. So, our 2016 souvenir footprint art from Walt Disney World had to be Stitch.
Here is a peek at our previous footprints:
Isabella’s constant companion since our last trip to Disney World has been her new Shellie May bear. She came home with several outfits for her, but the choices are limited, so we have to DIY them for special occasions.
We were headed to go see Moana, so Shellie May got her own special outfit.
Here’s a brief “how to” of how we made her outfit. The top was a rectangle of fabric (approx. 19 x 3.5 inches). The back of the top is shirred with elastic thread and it opens on the side with a velcro opener. We added a strap, but it isn’t necessary to keep it on.
The skirt has an underskirt with an elastic waist. Shellie May’s waist is about 14″. We stitched raffia on to the underskirt before inserting the elastic, which was cute, but started breaking apart over time. A synthetic raffia type material would be better. The overskirt with scarf attached is tacked to the underskirt and closes with velcro near the scarf knot.
This year, we decided to go with an aqua and orange color scheme for the photo book we made of our last Disney trip.
The idea started with this free set from Simple As That blog.
But, we needed MORE aqua and orange journaling cards to keep the book cohesive, so with a little trial and error, we made some coordinating journaling cards using Picmonkey and we are sharing them with all you other Disney memory keepers.
The link below is a .pdf with six 3×4 cards and two 4×6 cards set up to print on 2 sheets, or right click images individually to save them separately.
Aqua and Orange Disney Scrapbook Cards
Now, go get those photos off your phone and put them in a scrapbook or photo book that can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.
We’ve been faithful about gathering a footprint from Isabella after each Disney trip, but got a little behind on finishing them up, so today, we’ve got two to show you.
First, is her footprint from our 2014 trip.
This was the first year that Isabella was tall enough to ride a “big” roller coaster and she loved it.
The next footprint is from our trip last month:
This year, besides roller coasters, Isabella was crazy for Chewbacca. Chewbacca will not sign an autograph, so this is our way of remembering her interaction with him.
It’s hard to believe that Isabella’s first Disney footprint was when she was only 2 months old. Her feet were so tiny!
And here’s from the year she turned 2 at Disney World:
We’re having fun making a little collection for her and trying to guess what her 2016 footprint will be! Making these is turning out to be one of our favorite (and free!) souvenirs.
Some of our stockings didn’t really coordinate with the new Christmas tree skirt and we had a little fabric left over, so, with a little help from a free fun font called “Mouse Tags“, we were able to make new stockings!
We took a basic stocking pattern and cut it out. Then printed off icons from the Mouse Tags font at about a 400 pt. size. With a light box underneath, we laid the stocking on top of the printed icons and used disappearing ink to trace the design. We quilted it in matching grey thread and then assembled the stockings using the Cluck Cluck Sew Stocking Tutorial.
One stocking has the Polynesian Resort icon.
The other has the sorcerer’s hat.
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.
It’s beginning to look and feel like Christmas and this year, we have a new Christmas tree skirt. The idea was to make one that looked kind of like a Disney viewfinder reel.
The pictures in the viewfinder reel are all paper pieced quilt blocks sized to 10″ square. Most of the patterns are available free on the fabulous Fandom in Stitches website. It is a treasure trove of paper piecing and embroidery patterns for fans of everything from Harry Potter to the Muppets to Disney characters. Alice in Wonderland was a previously untested pattern from the very generous and talented Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting. In addition to her patterns, she has held a year long “Stretch Your Skills” series that has been really fun to learn from.
Here are what some of the blocks that Alida designed look like closer up:
Pluto was a relatively easy block to make if you have any paper piecing experience.
I didn’t do a good job picking a background for Mickey because his white gloves don’t show up well enough, but it seemed like a lot of work to go back and remake it, so it is staying put.
Alice was a challenge to say the least. The pieces are TINY and there are so many of them that this was the most difficult block of them all. But, Isabella had such a fun experience with Alice in Wonderland on our last visit to Disney World, so I persevered.
Here’s hoping that it looks good under the Christmas tree with the Monorail running around it!
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.