this outfit i made for sienna just before her birthday. she proudly sported it to her birthday celebration at school. the top i printed at jean's (thank you, jean!). sienna and i made each other sculpey heart necklaces. i still need to string mine. we have plans for a trip to the bead store, but it hasn't happened yet.
the skirt is the real star here. my mom brought this angora/lambswool/cashmere sweater for me to upcycle (thanks, mom!). sienna fell in love with it right away. it is oh so scrumptiously soft! i turned it upside down, and using the waistline of the sweater for the waistline of her skirt, i pinned it where it would fit her just right and then cut as much length and width as i could out of the sweater without having to do any piecing. it worked out just right! then i simply stitched up the sides and needle felted a little heart on the front. voila! easy peasy.
i LOVE repurposed wool sweaters (just in case i haven't said it enough here) and this project was a fave. i will have to make more skirts like this for her. this one is so darn soft that she pets herself most of the day when she is wearing it. ;) the production of this skirt is what led to the impromptu sleeve skirt for her doll, birthday.
this sweet little owl accompanied the dolls that i repaired for her on her birthday. he is from the book *wool pets*. i haven't done any needle felting in this style before but it was a lot of fun to learn some new techniques. i did not enjoy wrapping the wire for the talons so gratefully my little sister took that on when she came to visit. they are adorable, heather!
sienna became an *owl expert* when she was studying appalachia (where we live) in first grade. now they are studying africa and she is becoming an impala expert. she has already asked for a needle felted version. um......!@#@!!! not sure i can pull that one off!