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Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt

Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt

on Oct 4, 2014 in Blog, fashion, Featured | 0 comments

Stitches Be Crazy! Are you laughing? You NEED this shirt. Stitches Be Crazy is a fun novelty shirt from ReannaLily Designs. Buy it in the Shop. Currently, the shirt is only offered in Dark Heather Grey with white print. The quality shirts are by?. Available in size Large and Extra Large. Please specify your size when you check out. (I’m having a web hiccup/operator error with setting the size right here on the page. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.) – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Enjoy the introductory sale price through October 12, 2014 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Join the fun online, too, by re-posting THIS picture to your social media account. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will all be compiled to choose one lucky winner at random from the #ReannaLilyDesignsShirt hashtag search. Winner will be chosen Sunday, October 12, 2014; 5pm Central Time....

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From Curtains to Formal Dress

From Curtains to Formal Dress

on May 27, 2014 in Blog, fashion, recycle | 6 comments

Ever move 7 times in 14 years and keep all the curtains because they might look right in your next house? There’s a chance you will repaint, yet another house, the exact same color as your last one. You may luck out and get a “standard” window size so these curtain panels will totally still be relevant? No? It’s just me? Well, I’ve recently decided that is absurd and I need to purge these dang panels. I put them in a pile. The pile sat and sat. There are embroidered sheers, white sheers, shantung that came with the newest house, etc. But they are all nice fabrics…. and curtains/houses aside… I have a thing for fabric. HA- that “thing” may have its own 12 step program, but still. I also have an 8th grader who breaks the mold. She had an 8th grade formal coming up and I pitched the idea to her. What if we went all Project Runway and made a dress? Lets start simple, stitch something easy, and work up to the unconventional?or avant garde challenge for another time. She went for it. Together we went through a the patterns tub I have in my sewing room. Decided to go with this super basic dress. The pattern is dated 1995, so I’m not so sure you can still get it. But maybe.   I wanted to make the dress, only, on the right hand side. She wanted sleeves because she feared getting kicked out of the dance for dress code violations. So we added the jacket sleeves to the tank dress. Laid the embroidered sheer curtain, over the maroon curtain, kept it short and left the sleeves sheer. The sleeve hems even have a little maroon binding around the edges. Cute little detail. Turns out most girls at the dance were wearing minty green, spaghetti straps and lots of sheer long skirts over solid mini-skirts. (Soooo not in dress code, btw.) She was so happy to have something different. She told me that she even told her friends “Yeah, my mom made this out of curtains.” Um. Ok. Kinda thought we were keeping that on the down-low, but ok. She tells me, “Nah, its cool because...

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New Casual Dress

New Casual Dress

on Oct 3, 2013 in Blog, fashion | 0 comments

This weekend I sewed with my 13 yo. She wanted a dress. A wrap dress. The wrap was pretty critical. (Not entirely sure why, but that would probably be because I’m sooooo old and out-of-touch. Ah, 13yo’s…) She picked out Simplicity 0216 and spandex/cotton blend jersey fabric from Joann’s. It is a great deep purple- wine color. The fabric is so soft. I don’t think they had fabric this soft when I was making clothes almost 20 years ago, in college. It was nice. The fabric, for as nice as it was, is super slippery to use. Not an ideal “first dress” type fabric, though. Thankfully, it wasn’t my first dress. Finding all the pattern pieces and getting them cut was not her favorite. But look at her go! Now, since I hadn’t planned blogging about the dress, I don’t have any construction photos. (Quite unusual. She’s a teen on instagram and she doesn’t even have any photos. We must have been REALLY focused on stitching. Well, stitching and singing Imagine Dragon & Of Monsters and Men songs.) The dress, despite the frustrating slippery fabric, turned out really well. Was it supposed to wrap the other way? Maybe. Did the asymmetrical design get cut with one right and one left? Yes. Feeling victorious? Yep. We didn’t have to hem the full sleeves or the lower hem. It still looks casual enough and dress-y enough at the same time. Turned out very well and she wore it Monday morning to school....

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Altered Tuxedo Shirt

Altered Tuxedo Shirt

on May 16, 2012 in Blog, commission, fashion | 1 comment

Prom and wedding season is in full swing. Well, I suppose prom is over since school is almost out … Anywhoo- here’s another altered tuxedo shirt for a June wedding. I can only imagine the “I’m soooo HOT” pick up lines this groom’s man will have with all those peppers all over his shirt. Good...

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Tuxedo Shirts

Tuxedo Shirts

on Mar 3, 2012 in Blog, fashion, sewing | 5 comments

I finished up a commissioned sewing job- ALTERED TUXEDO SHIRTS. It is a really fun, quirky fashion item. If you sew, basically, you take the shirt back and sleeves off the original garment and use those as the pattern pieces for wild bright fabric. Then sew the new wild back and sleeves back into the shirt. Easy-peasey, right? (Though it does take a small bit of time, to get everything re-lined up, pressed and tidy.) This is the fabric, supplied by the client. Looks like they are attending a FUN party. The one fabric was a super shimmery floral and the other was a more gauze-y floral. The shirts are already on their way to their destination. I hope they are a big...

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UGGs

UGGs

on Feb 18, 2011 in Blog, fashion, sewing | 0 comments

These UGGS are for the 18″ dolls. The fabric is from the Hobby Lobby remnant bin. My daughter loves them! The pattern took a long while to figure out after “draping” muslin on the pair of boots that came with the doll. The sole of the shoe is black foam core. Once I stitched the upper, I hot glued it to the edge of the sole. Totally...

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18? Doll Spring Clothes

18? Doll Spring Clothes

on Feb 17, 2011 in Blog, fashion, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, recycle, sewing | 2 comments

Hum… I might have a problem… I LOVE to design and make these little doll clothes. They use very little fabric, the client never complains and they finish up in a snap! (Above Photo) This outfit is a square-neck, empire waist tank top and Capri jeans. If you are blog follower/subscriber, you might recognize that fabric on her tank top. Its from my NEW Modern Complements Line. The jeans are made from a recycled pair of actual soft denim jeans. I added pockets at the hip and was oh-so-proud until I realized 1/ You cannot see them because her shirt covers that area of the pants and 2/ She can never put her arm in them because her arms don’t bend. HA! Both of those garments have a Velcro back closure. This outfit is a top with a gathered hem and gathered sleeves with white shorts. The picture below shows the back closure. I used two bits of Velcro back there. I had to Velcro where the elastic waist is, to keep the elastic stretched when in use. You can click the photo to see it larger. The fabric used in this outfit is Polka Dots- thrifted bed sheet, and the White is an IKEA bed sheet. The dresses above were made with my daughter and her friend. (10yo)? I used the same IKEA bed sheet white fabric and let the girls draw whatever they wanted to on the dresses. They got to plan the design, make it on paper, trace it on to the dress with Crayola Fabric Markers (which I LOVE. They are sold on the crayon aisle not in the craft/fabric departments) and then I whipped up the dress by extending the tank top pattern. I’m lovin this butterfly and I’d totally wear it on a t-shirt! —————————————————————————- The patterns used in the doll outfit are my original...

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Studio Helper

Studio Helper

on Mar 2, 2010 in fashion | 2 comments

Sometimes, in the studio, and extra set of hands is oh-so-helpful… sometimes the extra set of hands is just fun. Especially, when those hands belong to my 4yo helper. He had a good time picking out scraps to dress his “never gonna lose them” people. Very fashionable,...

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The Circle Purse Evolution Cont’d

The Circle Purse Evolution Cont’d

on Dec 5, 2009 in accessories, fashion | 4 comments

So you’ve seen the circle purse and the illustration for it. I decided to have a festive morning and edit the images on the computer today. Super fun Frosty bag and the ornament bag. Turns out TONS of things are circles. I think we’ve only just begun. With a few little applique shapes… I really don’t see my current obsession with this purse ending anytime soon. What kind of circle things would you incorporate if it was your purse? I’m thinking and orange slice! My 9yo would love that and Spoonflower could totally print a giant orange slice for me… hum…. Definitely lady bugs or chunky flowers. Cross-section of a watermelon slice. Wagonwheel? Hum… maybe not a wagon wheel. Of course, these digital-mock ups do not exist in real life. I’m trying to decide if I’ll actually make them up. I’ve been spending a ton of time on the computer lately working on 4 new patterns and not too much time at the sewing machine. Hopefully, that will change as soon as I get the pattern diagrams incorporated....

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Vintage Sheets

Vintage Sheets

on Feb 4, 2009 in accessories, Accessories Gallery, fabric stash, fashion, Gallery, sewing | 3 comments

Oh man- I do love some vintage sheets. Imagine how thrilled I was to find this little baby (below) at the thrift store last week. The coolest thing about the “recycle” of these sheets is that someone had already made it into a hand-hemmed round table cloth. I took the table cloth, found the straight of grain, folded it, and went to work. I’m making a gaucho-esque, split-skirt-type pant for my girl who loves to climb trees. She’s a little girl-y, so she does still like dress-up, but she has also informed me that skirts gravely interfere with her monkey bars and tree climbing. Well- form should follow function, right?? Seeings how that was my inspiration, I thought it would only be fair to get her to climb a tree for the photo. Talk about easy requests! Speaking of function and form- I had to make a matching headband for this kiddo. Hopefully this will keep her hair looking a bit nicer after she bolts out of the house in the mornings. You know what else is cool about vintage sheets- they aren’t going to color fade. I mean, if we’re already on year 20 for this textile… its about as faded as its going to be. The next 1-2 years of washing is not going to be a deal breaker. I did get two pillow cases and another sheet that day at the thrift store. Stay tuned....

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4 Little Dresses

4 Little Dresses

on May 16, 2008 in commission, fashion, sewing | 0 comments

1. Pink and White, 2. Wild Red, 3. Tropical Halter Dress, 4. Simply Straigh——————————————————————————–Ok, I’m trying this Flickr Mosaic Maker by bighugelabs.com. We’ll see how it goes. Anyway, I was asked to make 4 little dresses for a neighbor. They’re each a little different, but they are all summer-y and a size 6. My favorite is the pink and white one, #1....

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And also in the mix…

And also in the mix…

on Apr 15, 2008 in commission, fashion, sewing | 3 comments

Among the curtains, pillows, purses, valances, pj pants and totes- I’m also working on a formal. It is the commissioned vision of my client and friend. The top is a criss cross deal loosely based on McCalls pattern M5323. The client pictured something sleeveless… so sleeveless it is! The skirt is going to be a mock wrap fancy crinkly shiney satin deal. I’ll have a photo for you when its finished, (I hope). In the mean time, though, check out this awesome fabric for the top- The fabric is some kind of satin, layered in tulle with velvety sparkle flowers holding those layers together. Its very nice. That picture is a close up of the tie detail on the side. The garment doesn’t look great on Mannie, since its not made for Mannie’s dimensions. Anyway, stay tuned, this one is going to look AWESOME....

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