Bathing Beauties Dress

Hello there,  I’m so excited to talk about this dress. The fabric, the style, everything about this dress is great. Since it is getting to be summer I’ve been wanting to making more casual dresses. This dress was a great start to that.

The fabric came from the Facebook page “The Fabric Candy Shoppe”. The designer is Alexander Henry and right now he is my fabric designer all of his prints are adorable and unique. This fabric is a cotton called Bathing  Beauties in the color scheme “makeup”. When I saw it I instantly fell in love. It was so perfect I love cool things like this, they are so different and not many people would think to use such bold prints on a dress.

It took about five hours to make this dress. I used about 3 yards of the fabric and some pink bias tape for my straps. Since I was just making it to wear and not for an event it wasn’t so stressful to make. I had a lot fun with it and really love how it turned out.

I did a photo shoot with Elocin Photography and I chose this dress to be one of the outfits we shot. These pictures are so great and I’m so happy that she did them for me.

Christmas Dress!

Hey there! I’m so excited to share with you my Christmas dress for this year. I designed it with inspiration from the 50s. I had a couple bumps in the road but it turned out beautiful. I’m so proud of this dress and it was so fun to wear.

This dress was made from crepe backed satin but was originally going to be made from real satin but I didn’t buy enough and the color was discontinued. The fabric frayed really badly so I had to use pinking sears on most of the edges. I used three yards of it to make the whole dress. I didn’t put a zipper in this dress because I was able to put it on over my head. Since I didn’t have a zipper I decided to tie the shoulder sash in the back.

I used the pattern for my homecoming bodice for this dress. I did a gathered skirt made with a rectangle the was 24×96 and used roughly 3 yards for the skirt. I used two rectangular pieces for the shoulder sash and gathered them in the middle. I might have finished it at the last minute but it turned out so amazing . I can’t believe it turned out so pretty. So perfect for christmas!

Vegetable Dress

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Hey there! This is probably one of my favorite projects that I have made. This is  a simple tank top dress made with vegetable fabric from IKEA. I wore this dress to the Philanthropy is Art event for Columbus fashion week. At this event the fashion designer Adolfo Sanchez spoke about fashion, where its going and also the business side and how he got started. It was a lovely event the whole first hour was mingling and Adolfo went around to everyone and said hi. He was so nice and it was great that he took the time to meet everyone at this event. his presentation was great  and I had a great night.

For the event I wore this dress made out of fabric I got from IKEA. A while ago I was at IKEA and I was looking in the fabric section and let me tell you the have some crazy patterned fabrics. this fabric immediately jumped out to me because i am also looking for bold different patterns for my dresses. So then it sat on my shelf for a while and then five days before this event I decided that I was going to use this fabric. Knowing that in the coming week I was extremely busy I decided i was going to finish it that day. It took about 6 hours to complete this entire dress.

I used the same pattern I made for my caterpillar dress and my peter pan collared dress. I didn’t add a waist band because I didn’t think it needed it. I wanted to make it different so I was going to tie the shoulder straps but I forgot to add some to the end of the straps so I figured out a way to twist the straps to make it look like it  was tied. It’s just so cute and I’m so proud of it!

Homecoming Refashion For a Friend

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For homecoming, I made quite a few dresses and for this one it was more an alteration. The day before homecoming my family was having a party at our house and I was talking with my friend and she was saying how she was wearing her sister’s dress for homecoming. Then she started asking if I had any ideas for how to alter it because her sister was way taller than her and they had happened to have just picked it up from the dry-cleaners. So she brought it in for me to look at it for her. I had her put it on and I just started pinning because I thought to make it shorter and easier to walk in I would take up the front as to make it a high low effect. The second layer was still very long so then I cut the bottom down so it was above her knees. I wasn’t originally looking to actually do the alterations but by the end of the night, there I was redoing the dress at 1 AM. A couple days later, my friend’s mom told me that the whole ride home and next day she just went on and on about how excited she was about me fixing her dress. I’m glad that it meant that much to her.

Pretty Pinafore!

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Hey! I’m super excited on how this design turned out because I didn’t make any pattern for this and I also have never done something with box pleats. This is an amazing pinafore with text print fabric. I had a lot of fun doing this because it is a lot different then what I have done previously.

I’ve had this fabric sitting around for a couple months and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it and then I realized I’ve been wanting to make a pinafore for so long. The pinafore is made with 2 yards of a medium weight cotton that I got from fabric.com. It has text on it in black and I used all black thread. I used overall hooks for the strap attachment,  which turned out looking amazing.

It is completely made with rectangles so I didn’t have to make a pattern for it. I ran into a little trouble on how much fabric I would need for the pleats and had to add some to the back but luckily it’s in a pleat and you can’t see it that much.  It took altogether probably 2 days to make. This all came together very nicely and I’m so proud about how it came out.

Scuba knit/Neoprene shorts for my mom

 

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Recently I have been really into neoprene and wanted to do something with it. While at Joann’s, me and my mom were looking at neoprene and she pulled a bolt of the rack and said she loved it and I said they would make great shorts. I’ve never made shorts before and I was very worried because I’ve tried to make some shorts for me and the didn’t fit well. With my history of shorts fails I was quite worried about the end result.

Neoprene is a thicker stretchy synthetic fabric. It is very soft and doesn’t have much shine though it isn’t matte. It has a two way  stretch and comes in a variety of crazy prints. Joann’s does not have many prints but if you look at Mood.com they have so many prints and colors. I bought approximately 2.5 yds of the fabric.

For almost all of the sewing I used my brother lock 1034D serger. Serging the edges was a great way to make everything look a lot more finished and professional. The only thing that wasn’t serged was the hem that was done by a regular machine with a straight stitch. I also made the pattern my self. I made for pattern pieces for the shorts, the front, back, and two pieces for the pockets.

They turned out better than I had ever hoped. They are very comfy and super soft. My mom really likes them and is excited to have an Abby Mike original in her wardrobe!

Flower crown DIY tutorial

Hey guys! I’m very excited to share with you this super easy and super fun tutorial to make your very own flower crowns. Flower crowns are a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit and with the variety of flowers out the you could make them for any occasion.

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So let’s get started with what you will need to make this:

  • Wire
  • Green flower tape
  • Wire cutters (you can use scissors but it will dull the scissors)
  • Scissors
  • Flowers (I used 19 flowers total)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pliers if you want to use them

 

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Step One:

You are going to wrap the wire around your head to measure how big your flower crown needs to be. Once you have it then wrap the end around the wire but don’t cut it off of the spool yet.

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Step Two:

Next you need to wrap more wire around the whole thing. This will help when you are attaching flowers to give them a place to go into.

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Step Three:

Now you’re going to cut the flowers off the stems. I also used the leaves from the bunch I bought.

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Step Four:

Arrange the flowers how you would like them to be.
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Step Five:

You are going to stick the bottom of the flowers in loops and hot glue the on both sides.
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At this point mine looked pretty empty and I had more flowers. So I added more flowers to make it look fuller.
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Step Six:

Next you will cut off the little nubs poking out of the inside. Cut them off as close as you can so that they will not poke you.

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Step Seven:

OK last step! you are going to tape and wrap it around all of the wire and make sure you cover all of the little nubs from the last step. once you get the end then you can wrap it around a couple times to make sure that it is secure and there you go! Your very own flower crown. Made all by you.

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Melanie Martinez inspired peter pan collar dress

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Hey! I’ve recently became obsessed with Melanie Martinez, her style and her music. My favorite song of hers is probably soap or sippy cup. So I decided to make a dress that was inspired by her cute outfits. this dress is made out of cotton with safety pins and sewing pins on it. I also used white muslin for the collar. For the edging I used pink biased taped. The skirt is a full circle skirt and the bodice is a pattern I made that I’ve used for several dresses. Doing the hem in biased tape was a great alternative to hemming because you don’t have to iron it and circle skirt are just a hassle to hem anyways. the shoes I have on are gold slip-ons. I’m so happy with how this dress turned out, its so adorable!

rosewater fairy dress

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Hey! This is an amazing dress i made. It is a strappy pink dress made from heavy matte satin and tulle in the color rosewater. Just like most other dresses I make I made the pattern myself. the skirt is a half circle skirt and the bodice pieces look similar to pedals of a flower. This dress came about when I found some tulle and draped it on my dress form I liked how it looked but I didn’t have enough to make a full dress so I made a trip to the glorious store Joann’s and found this great color didn’t match the other tulle I had used to drape the bodice so i decided the color was to beautiful to pass up. I ended re-draping the bodice with the new tulle and creating the whole dress. I had originally planned to make the straps blue but I couldn’t find the color I wanted and ended up going with an ivory color instead I am very glad I did because blue would have looked off I used it. I also made the flower crown I’m wearing in the pictures. All in all it turned out absolutely gorgeous!