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Upcycle Tee Shirts Into a Ruffle Twirl Skirt

Did you know that when I started sewing I learned most of my skills by upcycling old tees into new creations? I would stock up on large tees from the Salvation Army and spend hours cutting them up and turning them into new, wearable pieces. My girls’ outgrown shirts would often be repurposed into a dress or skirt. Each piece was unique and adorable. To this day, my girls love a comfortable upcycle! It was no surprise that when I suggested to Vivian that we turn some of her beloved theater tees into a skirt, she eagerly RAN to her room and started pulling tees! Here’s a quick look at what we made!

How to make an upcycle tee shirt skirt. Daydream Believers
To make this special skirt, we used
Ady’s Paneled Pocket Dress pattern from CKC.
Yes, I chose a dress pattern to make a skirt; because – pockets!

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If you sew, Ady’s is a great pattern to add to your collection! The Ady’s pattern gives written instructions and pattern pieces to create a short sleeve knit dress with a very full (very twirly!) skirt with optional pockets. The pattern instructions are very well written and easy to follow!  We used the Ady’s pattern pieces to cut the panels and pockets for the skirt, as well as this fun tee shirt.

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*To alter the dress pattern to make separates – simply follow the instructions as written to assemble the bodice and skirt portions, attach the skirt portion to an elastic waistband, cut the bodice to desired length and hem.

Upcycle school sports theater club tee shirts into a girls skirt dress on daydream believers designs

One of a kind. The girl and the skirt.

:: Ady’s Paneled Pocket Dress PDF Pattern is available for purchase on the CKC website, here ::

Custom Pony Theme Birthday Dress

I love custom orders!  It is SO much fun for me to help someone design something truly unique and special. Many of my custom designs start at the request of a sweet kid with a big idea; I love having the opportunity to take that vision and make it a reality. This beautiful dress was made especially for Miss A’s birthday and includes a few of her favorite things: ponies, delicate flowers, and the color blue.

For this special piece, my client and I agreed that the BROOKE style dress would be the perfect style. This gorgeous maxi style dress features a ruched bodice, wide straps, and a simple, flowy, skirt. Easy-to-tie sash cinches bodice for a perfect fit while creating a sweet bow! Brooke is comfortable and easy to wear, while still feeling glam.
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I tell ya friends, it’s a magical job making boho pony princess dreams come true!

The 52 Lists Project, a journal for all listmakers

I've been a serious list maker my whole life. A true pen and paper, gal! I was delighted to receive The 52 Lists Project for Christmas this year. With it's hardcover, thick pages, and beautifully curated artwork; it's really a great gift for anyone on your list! I went on to Amazon to order one for a friend today, and noticed it is on sale for $13! You can grab a copy HERE

If you're not familiar with the 52 Lists Project, this lovely book provides weekly inspiration to write lists for self-discovery, encouragement and fun too! Let me know if you are participating too; I'd love to follow your journey this year! xx

My Favorite Fleece Dress Pattern

Fleece. When you live in the Mid-West, cozy fleece is a winter wardrobe staple. This is a challenge for my always-fancy, dress obsessed, Vivian. Girlfriend will sacrifice function for fashion: always! Thankfully, I am able to make her some warm pieces that still meet her feminine standards, like The Fern Tunic -
Fleece Dress for Girls by Daydream Believers Designs for CKC
Isn’t sweet?! I made this great tunic using Fern’s Fleece Scarf Collar Pullover from CKC. It’s a great piece for layering all Winter long. This tunic took me less than an hour to sew! The instructions are straightforward and easy to understand. With no zippers, buttons or plackets – “Fern” is simple enough for even novice sewers. The pdf printable pattern includes instructions for creating a tunic, like Vivian is wearing here, or a dress, in sizes 2-14.
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The cozy scarf collar is my fav detail! Viv loves it too!

Girls Winter Fleece Dress by Daydream Believers for CKC
You can purchase Fern’s Fleece Scarf Collar Pullover Pattern on the CKC site, HERE

Tis the Season for GIVEAWAYS!

We're wrapping up another great year at Daydream Believers by looking back at some of the BEST looks of 2017. I LOVE when y'all share photos of your girls wearing the outfits that I make for them. To kick off the season of giveaways, I want to see how YOUR GIRL styled her DB this year! I'm giving away DB gift cards to everyone who shares a photo of their girl rockin' Daydream Believers this year! That's right! The giveaway starts today in our VIP group on Facebook. Click that link to join in on the fun! xx

Christmas Collection 2017 Is Here

Christmas is coming my friends, and the 2017 Christmas line is NOW live in the Daydream Believers Shop!

It just isn’t a holiday until your girl has a Daydream Believers piece in a fun print! Releasing today I have five festive pieces that can each be styled casual *and* formal to keep your girl shining bright all season long! It’s my hope that these pieces will take your girl from school singalongs, to visiting Santa and every shindig in between!

In true Daydream Believers fashion, these looks showcase classic patterns paired with modern fabrics for looks that are timeless and gorgeous to wear!  I’m THRILLED to share that I have modified a few staple pieces so that I can offer a wider range of sizes! Each piece in this collection will be made to order, for Newborns thru Tweens!

Here’s a peek!
*Run Run Reindeer ELLE Skirt
Christmas ELLE Reindeer Skirt by Daydream Believers
*Deck The Halls ETTA Skirt
Christmas ETTA Skirt in Retro Ornaments by Daydream Believers
*Let’s Be Jolly ELOISE Jumper
Christmas ELOISE jumper with bow by Daydream Believers

*The Shining Brightly ELLE Skirt, Midi length

Christmas GLITZ Midi ELLE skirt by Daydream Believers

If you’ve been around for years, you may remember my original Christmas Collection “BEE Merry & Bright” which released in 2011 – the line was full of bright colors and fun prints. It’s wild to think it’s been six years since I designed those sweet pieces! This year, I’m delighted to offer you (again!) The Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree BONNIE dress!
Christmas Bonnie Peasant Dress by Daydream Believers
This dress was a client favorite and I’m excited to offer it to a new bunch of Queen Bees! If you aren’t familiar with BONNIE, this is a grow-with-your-girl style; enjoy it this year as a dress then rock it next year as a tunic! Many girls are able to get three seasons of wear from each Bonnie!

Here’s the link to SHOP – As always, each and every pieces is handcrafted by me and limited in quantity. xx

Festive Food for Halloween–3 DIY Menus!

To know my family is to know, we’ll throw a party for just about anything, because life is awesome and should be celebrated. When the holidays roll around, our family calendar is jammed with fun outings and festive family traditions. One of our favorite October traditions has to be “Gigi’s Outrageous October Lunches” – each week in October, my mom prepares an awesome, Halloween themed luncheon for the kids. Her creations are spectacularly fun! Another family tradition that my kids look forward to each month is Movie Night! I love hosting movie nights and planning a full themed menu to accompany our film. It’s easy to see, I get it from my mama! Ha! 

Today, I’m sharing some fun DIY Halloween foods for you to try. I know Pinterest is full of fabulous over-the-top Halloween food and treats, but I also know that most of us will pin a dozen ideas and never actually make them. So all of the ideas I am sharing here are real dishes that we actually prepared and served at real events. I’m sharing my personal pics along with some DIY tips we’ve learned along the way.


Event One: Candy Corn Pizza Party
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Pizza :: made using a large “take and bake” pizza from Sams club and layering slices of cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and pepperonis to look like candy corn stripes.
Candy Corn Fruit Cups :: In a clear cup, stack chopped pineapple, mandarin oranges and a dollop of whipped cream to create these adorable and healthy Halloween treats!
Candy Corn Punch :: Start with a clear pitcher FULL of ice, pour orange soda to fill 1/3 of the pitcher, then add yellow Gatorade to fill 1/3 of the pitcher, then lemonade flavor Smart Water to the top the final 1/3 of the pitcher. There are many recipes for this punch, the soda/Gatorade/smart_water combo worked well for us! The key is to have the drinks stacked by sugar content, with the sweetest drink on the bottom, the next sweetest in the middle, and the least sugary drink on the top.
Hostess Candy Corn Cupcakes, candy corn popcorn (from our local candy store) and regular ‘ol candy corn completed this fun lunch.

Event Two: Silly Witches Feast
While my kids LOVE festive, they will not eat anything too gory! So the witches feast is a lighthearted one!Halloween Soup Lunch Idea. CUTE Witch luncheonHealthy Halloween Treat. Simply DIY FrankengrapesEasy DIY Halloween Punch for kidsChocolate Covered Witches Fingers! Fun Halloween TreatPBJ Ghosts for Halloween Lunch

Broccoli cheese soup topped with a black cat crouton :: The cat was made by cutting a slice of pumpernickel bread with a small, cat cookie cutter and toasting in the toaster oven.
Franken-grapes :: Start with a clear cup, doodle Frank’s hair and mouth with a sharpie, stick on tiny eyes (these are edible eyes attached with food gel), and fill with green grapes.
Witches Brew: Seven up soda with a scoop of green sherbet, topped with orange sprinkles and a gummy worm
Witches fingers: Chocolate covered pretzel rods – the green candy melts were bought at Target and the tiny “finger nails” were scrappy cuts of foot-by-the-foot.
Black Cat Brownies & PBJ ghosts :: It’s amazing what a cookie cutter can do for a fun lunch! Winking smile

Event Three: Hotel Transylvania Movie Night
Hosting dinner and a movie is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening! I try to host one party a month, but it becomes a weekly affair during the holiday season, because let’s face it, there are SO many great Halloween and Christmas movies, I simply can’t choose!

This week’s featured film was Hotel Transylvania; it’s a year round favorite of ours, but makes a perfect not-so-spooky Halloween movie too!
Hotel Transylvania Movie Night.Easy Halloween Pizza Dinner!Halloween VAMPIRE drink for kids. SO fun!It's all about cute presentation, lol! Spooky salad for halloween dinner!Easy to DIY Mummy juice pouches. So cute for Halloween lunch!Semi Homemade! Fun Halloween treats made from packaged lunch cakes! LOVE!

Scream Cheese Pizza : I started with “Take and Bake” pizzas from our local bakery, while the pizzas were baking, I cut mozzarella cheese slices into ghosts using a cookie cutter. When there was just one minute of baking time left, I added the ghosts to the top of the pizza.
Monstercolli : good ol’ pasta in a meat sauce served in a bowl with a monster hand inside.
Drac’s Blood Punch : fruit punch blend, served in clear cups with vampire teeth embellishments
Green Stuff: Salad served in a fun bowl with claw salad servers bought at Walmart.
Monster Mash Cakes : A variety of packaged lunch cakes embellished with edible eyes & food gel faces.
Ooh, and we had Plain Ol’ Chips because in the movie, Johnathon is a sweet character that is out of place in the hotel full of monsters; I won’t spoil the show for you, but the bright yellow bag of plain Lays just reminded me of Johnny.

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During the movie, the kids munched on popcorn & gummy worms served in bat cups and drank juice boxes that I decorated to look like mummys! The cups and juices pouches were SO easy to make! They would be great to take to school parties too! My advice: make the front of the pouch (the part where you insert the straw) the BACK of the mummy to keep it functional.

If you’d like more how-to-details on any of these recipes or projects, please comment below. xx

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