archvillain for STYLO 3

6 Nov

any good detective has a nemesis out there, just one step ahead and always hatching evil plots.  for STYLO i knew i wanted to make two looks, and i thought it would be really interesting to have the same kid playing both roles.  whereas my detective look was classic, i wanted the villain look to be fashion-forward.  i wanted a dramatic silhouette and to push the envelope a bit.

archvillain for stylo magazine // skirt as top

my villain resides in an ultramodern lair on top of a mountain.  she is shadowy, angular, cunning.  i used basic patterns sewn in new ways with interesting fabrics, and made a few accessories to complete the look.  but oh man, the location was the icing on the cake!

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girl detective for STYLO 3

5 Nov

and now, more about my detective look for STYLO 3!  have you made it through the magazine yet?  so good, right?

to tell you the truth, i’d been keeping a secret pinterest board with STYLO ideas since before the second issue came out in the hopes that someday it might come in handy.  i had sort of an ethereal floral theme going on that was pretty, but once i was actually invited to participate, i had a different brainstorm.  i really liked the idea of creating a detective, a smart, strong, capable girl – Sherlock Holmes influenced for sure, but still feminine, layered, fallish.

girl detective for stylo magazine // skirt as top

bit by bit, i gathered ideas and built my pinterest board with the help of some friends.  i tend to approach creative challenges by mulling them over and over in my mind until i’ve figured the whole thing out, and only then can i dive into the actual making.  i like to start with a general idea or theme, then work out the details – using the powers of deduction! Continue reading


3 Nov

one of my favorite projects in kid’s sewingblogland over the last year has been STYLO Magazine, the brainchild of Celina of Petit à Petit and Family and Jess of The Sewing Rabbit.  it’s an online magazine featuring fashion-forward kids clothes – and all of the outfits are handmade!

when first issue came out in January, it blew me away with how editorial and different it was from the usual fare – the looks pushed the envelope and i saw something really fresh and new going on.  it inspired me, as did issue two, which came out in May.  C was too little for me to participate back then, but i put a bug in Celina’s ear that i reeeeeally hoped i could join in for a future STYLO, and i was so excited to contribute to issue 3, which is now live!

villain look for stylo 3 // skirt as top

i made up a storyline of a “girl detective” hot on the trail of her “archvillain nemesis” and sewed two outfits for E so she could play each role.  i sewed 7 pieces of clothing, knitted a scarf, and made accessories too, and i’m thrilled to have brought my vision to life.  it was a lot of work, but so creatively satisfying.  E and i had a super fun photoshoot where she really got into character – she’s cunning, she’s stylish, and she’s trying to take over the world!

the photo above is a preview of my villain look…you’ll need to head on over to STYLO to see my detective look and to check out the fantastic projects by my co-contributors.  there’s some serious talent in there.  gorgeous photography, great ideas, it’s so exciting to see everyone rise to the challenge.

> > >      FEAST YOUR EYES UPON STYLO 3      < < <

i’ll be back during the week with more photos and details on each look!

handmade halloween 2014: toothless the dragon

2 Nov

i put the finishing touches on baby C’s costume on Halloween day.  he’s baby Toothless the Night Fury!

baby toothless the night fury costume

i had already put a lot of the accessories together bit by bit, but sewed the majority of the costume the night before Halloween.  when we tried it on him the next morning (and any time since), the whole family giggled.  it’s just so cute on him!!

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handmade halloween 2014: luke skywalker

29 Oct

the Star Wars obsession hit fast and furious with this kid.

jedi luke skywalker costume

it started with him watching A New Hope with daddy (who had to field a barrage of questions about every little detail of the movie as it played – hilarious) and quickly progressed into checking out books from the library, building Star Wars lego sets, and turning every tubular object in the house into a lightsaber.  his knowledge of the movies is super impressive – i’m pretty familiar with the movies but he already has me beat on some of the details.   Continue reading


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