Tuesday, June 4, 2013

daddy’s little princess

to go along with yesterday’s star wars quilt i made this adorable little princess leia onesie.


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adorable, right? BUT…the design was based on a design from an etsy shop selling all kinds of star wars onesies. to be honest, my conscience is pricking me just posting this. i have guilt posting about anything i copy from an etsy seller.

i snag ideas and recreate things with my own spin a lot, but most times i don’t post anything about it on the blog. can’t hurt the little guy. but this is not the most difficult design, and i put it on a dress instead of a onesie, and my design is a little different and much smaller than theirs. also—if you google “chibi leia” you’ll find this is a pretty standard version of that look. (i’m also realizing that chibi-anything just means flippin’ adorable anything. perhaps you could weigh in here, kat? ;) i believe you’re the chibi-expert-in-residence )

and to make myself feel better i’m not going to tell give you a pattern for the applique. i’m just going to give you the finished product, and a link to the etsy shop: HERE.

phew. #i’lltakeAssuagingtheConsciencefor$100,alex

what i’m also going to give you is a tip: don’t discount already decorated clothing when looking for something to make your own. i had the hardest time finding a cute little dress to put this leia on.

finally on the clearance rack at babies ‘r’ us i found this:

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a left over christmas onesie dress marked down to $4. it had a sequin design all over the front--a hat and “santa loves me”.

an hour with my stitch ripper left me with this:

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a blank shirt with tiny holes all over it, and a hot mess of threads and sequins all over me, the couch and the floor.

a quick trip through the washer and dryer fixed both shirts, and the vacuum fixed the floor and couch ;)

seriously—once i washed and dried the dress, the holes disappeared because it was cotton.

i ironed some interfacing on the back to make sewing the stretchy knit easier…

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and sewed down all my applique pieces. (i ironed them on with wonder under first, too).

i used non-pilling fleece to make the applique for two reasons: 1) the felt didn’t come in a good ‘skin’ color and 2) i think the non-pilling fleece will hold up better than felt to the repeated washings inherent in most baby clothes.

boom. one adorable leia dress, all for about $6 (cost of the onesie + fleece).

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blurry photos free, courtesy of my new glasses and inability to compensate when picture taking, apparently. ;)

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