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!
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.
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.
You know how it is . . . you go into the fabric store just for a zipper and another cute Disney fabric lures you in! This time it was at Hancock’s where we spotted this Mickey and Friends Cupcakes fine wale corduroy fabric.
We already had a pattern at home – Simplicity 1477 which is an adorable fox or raccoon jacket pattern that I bought last year.
It only took a little modification to make the pattern suit the cupcake fabric.
Instead of fox or raccoon ears, we made Mickey ears for the hood!
The jacket is lined and interfaced with fusible fleece, so should be plenty warm for southern winters. Choosing the lining was a dilemma. All the typical lining materials were too dull looking for such a whimsical jacket. So, when we spotted some wonderfully soft brushed back princess themed satin in the perfect shade of pink, we went for it.
It does kind of look like an explosion of pink and Disney, but that sounds like just the kind of thing that a 3 year old would love to wear!
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.
Another little “happy” headed out in the mail for Isabella. This time the manila envelope is decorated with Anna from Frozen.
There are some great video tutorials for drawing Disney characters on the Disney Parks blog. This sketch was from that series of tutorials.
The package of sparkle iron on material that we used for the castle t-shirt came with 4 different sheets of glittery goodness. So, we put it to use again. This time with a princess silhouette that we found doing an image search.
This top is another free pattern. It is the size 4-5 basic t-shirt by Dana at Made. To make it look a little more princess-like, I added a self-drafted circle skirt. The fabric is a cotton interlock from Joanns.
Along with the standard question, “How long until we are going to Disney World?”, another frequent question is “What day do we do __________?” So, to help Isabella learn days, months, time, etc., we made her a Morning Circle Time Board. It has a calendar, learning clock, weather station, etc., but her favorite part of it is the moveable monorail to change the day of the week.
The board is a simple foam core board with various elements glued or laminated on. For the monorail track, we cut a slit in the foam core with an exacto knife above the days of the week.
We searched for a simple image of the monorail and printed it off on cardstock. We used ModPodge to adhere it to a piece of balsa wood (from Hobby Lobby) and sealed it with a top coat of ModPodge. The balsa wood was easy to cut with an exacto knife. We glued a small sliver of foam core to the back of the balsa wood to hold the monorail in the track and glued a flat washer to the back of that.
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.
This is the second year that I brought along a watercolor sketchbook to WDW.
The reason I bring a sketchbook (even though my artistic abilities are minimal and we don’t stop for a lot of sketching breaks) is that there are things you just can’t capture with a still or video image.
While waiting in line to see Donald in Mexico, it was fascinating to watch the family in front of us. This year, we saw many children (big and small), sitting in strollers glued to iPads. The boy in line in front of us never looked up until his parents insisted he get out and get a picture with Donald. A couple of quick snapshots and he was back in the stroller playing a game on the tablet.
It seemed kind of sad that even Disney World was not enough entertainment for so many children, much less the adults who couldn’t pry themselves away from Facebook or Instagram to enjoy the experience.
Last year, I used my beloved Circa punch and discs to make a sketchbook. This year, I brought a Strathmore 400 Series Hardbound Journal. This year’s choice was a mistake. I didn’t like not being able to fold the book back on itself like a disc or wire binding allows. And a small water bottle leak in my backpack caused the binding to disintegrate, even though none of the pages were damaged. I’m going back to a Circa disc bound sketchbook as soon as I finish the Strathmore one. The flexiblity of adding and removing pages at will just works better for me.