Musical Magrath Dress

A friend of ours runs a non-profit program for kids, teaching them music (regardless of income), called Kids in Concert. She asked me if I would donate a sewn garment to their auction, and of course I said yes! I came up with a musical Magrath dress just for the occassion.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I had Falafel model it, of course.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I used the Magrath dress pattern like I used for her Mermaid dress, only this time I used musical note fabric along with a black bedsheet. And I whipped up a mustard colored denim belt to add a pop of color.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I love this pattern. I wanted it to look a bit more special than the average dress, and I think it does!

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I hope it brings in some much needed money for this fantastic program.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

What have you sewn lately?

Birthday Dress Wish

Our friend turned 11 this weekend, and the one thing she had was a birthday dress wish from me. Although my plate has been full to the brim, I have babysat this girl since she was 4. She is most definitely like family. And when she saw my Falafel’s Alice in Wonderland dress a few months ago, she has asked me for one ever since! How could I refuse that?!

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I did this one slightly different than the original, starting with the fabric (that my Falafel is modeling before we gave it to the birthday girl). I knew our friend would like a silky light purple instead of the blue gauze.

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The ruffles are a little wider on this one. I have no idea why. I think I just got a little carried away. Ha! I did still use the Noelle Party dress by the Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop *affiliate link*, only this time I made a size 10 (which is slightly too big for my girl, but perfect for the Birthday girl) and cut it up into different panels. I always start with this bodice pattern because I like how it fits.

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I also added puffy sleeves with elastic because I didn’t have her upper arm measurement.

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We gave it to her, and she LOVED it. I can’t wait to see it on her.

Amaryllis dress

Today I am bringing home the Amaryllis dress I posted about over at Melly Sews for Blank Slate Patterns(affiliate links).

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Can I just tell you, I LOVE THIS PATTERN??!!

Of all the Blank Slate patterns I have sewn up, it is my favorite. And that is saying something. You can see others I have sewn here, here, here, here, and here. And that is not even all of them!

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Firstly, it is reversible!! Essentially, this means two dresses in one. How awesome is that?!

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

BTW: please excuse my daughter’s pinky finger. It was broken, but we unwrapped it for the photos, and it just stuck out like that.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The fabric I used is from the Birch Organics Mod Basics 3 collection. The Navy is called Firefly Dots Dusk, and the mustard colored one is called Wink Marigold. Dreamy fabric to go with this dreamy pattern.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The pattern goes from18m-size 8. I hope one day Melissa will make this in MY size. But for now, you can make one for your little girl to twirl in. And twirl she will! The dress has great twirl-ability.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The back closes with a button, so no zips to install or even buttonholes!

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The whole dress goes on like a secured wrap dress. There really is no danger of being exposed. This one has you covered.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The only difficult thing is choosing which side to wear.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The one time consuming (but completely worth it) component to this pattern is hemming the circle skirt portion of the dress. I just followed the instructions, and went slowly. It came out beautifully. No wrinkles or anything! I was impressed.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did not deviate from this pattern because there wasn’t anything I would do differently!

Thank you, Melissa. I cannot wait to sew up another.

My first Instructable

It happened! I finally made my way over, and created my very first Instructable!

If you are here from there: Welcome!

I am so excited about it. I just entered it into the DIY dress contest that is going on. Here are a few photos of what I made.

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Many of you have asked how I refashion. Now you can find out! Head over to Instructables, and make one for yourself.

Trashion Show Highlights

Trashion Show Recap

The Trashion Show was yesterday. It was the perfect end to our busy Spring Break! I submitted 4 outfits total. You can see each here, here, here, here, and just the jacket from here. I didn’t get too many photos of the actual show (I was busy running around, and it was dimly lit). But I did snap a few pf my girls outside. Trashion Show Recap

The Bee wore this for the “trashion” category. I made her jewelry out of foam shelf liner that I painted bronze, and fastened on her with safety pins.

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I also had her wear these feathers in her hair.

Trashion Show Recap

She looked like she was straight out of Mad Max, and loved every minute.

Trashion Show Recap

My Falafel actually wore something made by a friend of mine, and I made an outfit for her daughter, since that jacket doesn’t fit my Falafel anymore.

Trashion Show Recap

That is the face she made the entire time she was walking the runway.

Trashion Show Recap

I also took photos of this magnificent creation (which won the grand prize) made by Sue VanDuine. There were over 1000 magazine pages used to make this.

Trashion Show Recap

Trashion Show Recap

Trashion Show Recap

One of the best parts of being in this trashion show was meeting new people. I was so inspired by their creative use of recycled materials. I think we can all learn something about reusing things we normally would throw away.

Trashion Show Recap

On another note, both my girls did a fantastic job modeling their outfits. I am so proud.

 What have YOU reused today?

Kid-friendly Cosplay Wonder Woman

Today I am sharing the kid-friendly Wonder Woman cosplay costume I made for my youngest:

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

See inspiration pin here

When I say “kid-friendly”, I mean age appropriate. No boobs or butts here. And I don’t think the costume is any lesser for it!

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

I will start by saying that my Falafel takes this role very seriously, and told me that Wonder Woman “does not smile”. So with the exception of this photo above, really she is a stern-faced super hero.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

OK let’s get down to the details. For the shirt, I used the same one I made for her Astrid costume (which was made using Sew Much Ado’s Skipper Top), only for this one, I cut off the sleeves. I also took some gold vinyl and cut out an eagle and zig zag stitched it on.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

For the skirt, I cut up some of my husband’s old jeans. I started with Momma Quail Patterns Abilene Skirt (like the one I made here) only I stopped at the crotch. I cut the yoke part into a “v” and then sewed piping around. I made it with a flat front and an elastic back. I made sure to top stitch any pieces I had to join together, so they look like jeans.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Then I made those arrow panels to mimic the ones found on a gladiator skirt (I believe they are called lappets- Thank you Craftingcon FB group!). They are lined with navy cotton fabric. I top stitched with denim thread (that gold stuff) and then sewed each one onto the skirt yoke, individually. I painted the white stars, freehand.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

I love that the denim panels ended up being different colors (because they were from different pairs of jeans, after all).

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Her golden lasso of truth, was not forged by the gods, but instead began as a humble braided curtain tieback that I unwound. I then used simple twist ties to hold the strands together. I created a loop to hook on her belt (which was found at a thrift store, and I painted it gold) with a hook and loop closure.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Her headband and wristbands were self drafted, made from that gold vinyl, and all are adjustable with velcro closures.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

I also made her a faux cape/shawl out of fleece because it has been slightly chilly here, and I just found out that it will be 80 degrees the day we go to Comiccon.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Oh well. One less thing to carry.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Needless to say, she loves it.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Oh this girl.

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Kid-friendly Wonder Woman Cosplay costume

Looks like we are all ready for Comiccon. The real question is, are they ready for us?!

What Superhero would YOU be?

Lady Thor Cosplay

 Remember the Mjolnir purse I showed you last week? Well, I finally finished the rest of my Lady Thor cosplay outfit for Comiccon!

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I used the Ava dress pattern by Victory Patterns like I did for my 1940’s look here.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I actually sewed up the wrong size the first time around, because I used a tracing I did when I frankensteined two sizes together a few years ago. Lesson learned. Always measure and check. You would think I would know that by now.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

The fabric was all from my stash. The grey is a stretch denim, the red is a linen blend, and the black is vegan leather (pleather). I was going for a nod to Thor, not an exact copy. I can not compete with those abs. Or that beard.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

My kind husband made the freezer paper stencil for me (because I am just a mess handling exacto blades). I used it to create the front armor. This was my very first attempt at freezer paper stenciling, and I have to say, I LOVED it! I have always been a little intimidated to try it, but it was much easier than I thought! Now I don’t have to free-hand it if I don’t want to.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I am such a goof.

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I paired it with the Thor’s Hammer purse I made, and it looks like I am ready to go to the con!

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

My girls are both super excited since this is the first time any of us are going! The Bee is going to wear her Black Widow costume that I made her for Halloween.

DIY Black Widow cosplay

Remember this?

Lady Thor Cosplay by Falafel and the Bee

I will share the costume I made for my Falafel, this week! You know the family that superheroes together, stays together. Uh, or something like that, right?

It is Spring Break here, and I think this will be a definite highlight.

 Have you ever attended a Comic convention?

Pants of Fire

Lately, I’m on fire with sewing for myself. Pun completely intended. Brace yourself for many more. I cannot help but sing “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. First, the happy mistake ended up being mine, and now these fantastic pants of fire.

Pants of Fire: Self -drafted yoga pants

These pants are very much my Mom uniform. Throw on a tunic and layer with a fleece sweatshirt, and you have pajamas that you can wear out as clothing. They are self drafted, and I have made several pairs that I wear all the time (like these, these, these).

Pants of Fire: Self -drafted yoga pants

I bought this fabric from my favorite fabric booth (Vogue) at the Sew Expo a few weeks ago. This is the recap from last year. They have the best deals and there are rolls and rolls to choose from. I’d say I spend at least half of the time that I am there, just looking at their beautiful selection.

Pants of Fire: Self -drafted yoga pants

And then I spotted this knit fabric with flames, and I knew it was coming home with me.

Pants of Fire: Self -drafted yoga pants

The Bee and I both really wanted it. But you know, it’s mine. And I happen to need pants. Just don’t call me a liar cause my pants are on fire!

Pants of Fire: Self -drafted yoga pants

I cannot even tell you how comfy these are. I make them simply with a yoga band (you can see it a bit better in this post). Very forgiving. I don’t even hem the bottom because it won’t fray. I wore them yesterday, and they are a perfect fit.

Falafel said “Mom your pants are HOT”. I couldn’t agree more.

So how about you? What have you sewn for YOU lately?