Wednesday, February 2, 2011

American Crafter and the Peek-a-Boo Valentine Dress

I am so excited to share that I was picked to be a contestant on American Crafter! The theme for round 1 is Valentine's Day.

   I was anxious to get started when I found out the theme. As a Mom of 4 it's sometimes hard to get out to the craft store when ever you need to, (as I'm sure many of you know) so I decided I would create my craft from the supplies I already had on hand. 
   I knew I wanted to make a Valentine's dress for my daughter. I had a vision in mind but I am not a pattern maker and the only pattern I had on hand in my daughter's size was a Raggedy Ann costume. I figured I could alter it enough to my liking.

      I love the way it turned out, even cuter than I had originally planned. I changed the collar, shortened the sleeves and added cute ruffles to the back of the dress.

   I pinned the pinafore back with buttons so the ruffles would peek through. I hand embroidered the word "love", and crocheted a heart and added cute buttons as an embellishment.

I also crocheted a heart and flower to add to a hairband.

 I think she looks so sweet and to me, it's a perfect Valentine's Day look.

  It was a lot of fun creating this dress and I am SO happy with the way it turned out!!  Head on over to Nap Time Crafters and vote for your favorite American Crafter!!! Voting Starts Friday!!!


  1. She look so cute.I used to sew things like that when my girls were litte.Its a shame we have gone away from dressing our little ones like that.

  2. I agree! I love this look and wish I dressed her like this more often!

  3. Looks like the things I put on my girls too! I LOVE the ruffle bottom on the dress. You cannot find "ruffle bottoms" for little girls anymore and they were always adorable under a dress. The big bow in the back is another thing you only find in pricey boutique dresses. Being a stay at home, homeschooling mother of four you never cease to impress me with your ability to decorate and create!!! This Valentine dress is so very sweet!!

  4. Adorable! I love the entire looks and your daughter is so cute. Good Luck!

  5. Too cute! I love the hands on the hips. Future supermodel right there!

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