Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dance Costume using Karen Capri Pattern

I recently helped design a dance costume for my friend who runs the Tippy Toes Studio. I used an adjusted Karen Capri halter top pattern. Instead of straps, I used black ribbon and instead of fabric ties, I used black tulle tied in a bow in the back. They wore them over the shiny gold leotards. Here is a picture of the class. They not only looked great but danced great also.

Photos courtesy of Robert Montero Photography (

Sunday, June 13, 2010

McKensie Pattern Now Available

McKensie Pattern now available in my Etsy Store. McKensie is a quick project that allows you to be creative. Great for some embroidery on the bodice, pocket or band. For a simpler look, the pocket and/or band can be eliminated.

This pattern takes very little fabric so is great to clean out some of those small pieces in your stash.
Photo by Jessica Johnson
Photo by J Chustz Photography

Thanks to all the testers who helped with this pattern. Your comments and pictures were a great help.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Italy Vacation

I just returned from a vacation in Italy. It was an incredible trip, something I've wanted to do for 10 years. While in Italy, I visited the island of Burano, known for lace. Burano is one of the many islands around Venice.

These are the items I purchased. I have a Christening gown that I sewed, my mom embroidered and my grandmother did the hand work on. All three of my children were baptized in it. I decided to purchase a bib from Burano to go along with the gown.

I also purchased lace by the yard. I don't have plans for it yet, but I'm sure I can find a special use for it.

My mom is 84 years old and could not make the trip so my daughter brought a picture of her when she was younger and we took pictures of it at all the places we visited. I plan to make her a photo book with all the pictures. It will be a surprise. These are a couple of the pictures we took with my mom's picture as well as a few others from the trip.