Tuesday, January 21, 2014


It's quite embarrassing to admit how long this Rapunzel was in the works.The client has special requirements for the fabrics that her dresses are made out of, specifically home decor type fabrics. 
 Finding the right pinks and purples in that type of fabric takes a while, like maybe a year and a half kind of while to finally track down!
The color combination is even better than the pictures look.

The best part of this outfit is that the customer works for charity. She will wear this dress and a short brown wig to cancer floors to talk to little girls about losing their hair, and how the magic is in them, not in their hair.

Little Lady Lorelai

This week over on Project Run and Play it's movie week! I chose to be inspired by Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Mansfield Park... well you get the idea.

I was not a Jane Austen fan until I was an adult. As a teenager I was scared away from the movies with the 9 hour mini series of Pride and Prejudice, who had time to watch all that? I did watch A Town Like Alice, it was only 5 hours.  I also didn't read her books, I was much more a good sci-fi/modern novel kind of kid. 

Once I was older and BBC started making new movies, I was in love. The clothes, the parties, the fancy (if somewhat odd) foods, the gossip. Yes, please! I also took the time to read her books, they weren't the boring, snoozefest I had always imagined them to be. Maybe I shouldn't have judged that book by the cover?

I started my dress with a piece of fabric I'd had in my stash since Peter Pan, this is the last piece of Wendy Darling's nightgown and there was just barely enough! It's a crinkly muslin that is light, airy and soft. Perfect for this dress.
I used Janey's Dress from Olabelhe as my jumping off point. I sized it way down to fit Jack-Jack and added the extra details to the skirt. 

Front and back,I loved the cute buttons with loops. It gives it a vintage feel.
 Pintucks and a lace pieced hem, certainly a learning experience.
I added lace trimmed bloomers too, easier to run and play in. This will be another church dress for Jack-Jack. I just wouldn't let her wear it until I got pictures!
I'd like to think that the little Darcy or Ferrars girls would have run around in something like this, because you know with moms like theirs, they would have been allowed a bit of fun!
Check out the other at home creations over at Project Run and Play as well as vote for your favorite contestant. My favorite? The Moulin Rouge look by Paisley Roots.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Running Costume

I was asked to make a running costume for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. 
I did some research and came up with this, Queen Elsa inspired running costume!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Getting Inspired

My first finished project of the year is a dress a client found on another website that she would have bought there but they don't have her size in stock and haven't for quite a while.
I got inspired by the works of Poe and made her up this dress.
 Side zipper
 Full skirt, with my cute little model posing.
 Rounded with sweetheart neckline.
The Poe fabric is Micheal Miller and I paired it with a polished cotton.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Snowflake in the Desert

My friend Crystal over at Ginger Dimples figured I was wasting several hours a day sleeping so she talked up this home sewing knock off of Project Runway, Project Run and Play. Basically they have people with blogs compete to make outfits that fit a certain criteria. The home sewists get weeks instead of hours to make their looks but it's all in good fun. I am not an official competitor, I am simply participating for fun.

The first week's theme is Winter Wonderland. In the Mojave desert we have to make our own winter magic as the weather rarely ever cooperates in that department.

I really wanted to use the McCalls 5742, despite owning multiple copies of it and two in the right size I could only locate the wrong size pattern, even though I have the envelope for the right size. I ended up altering the McCalls 5793 to look like the other.

I've had this fabric in my stash for nearly 3 years just waiting for the perfect project, and this was it!
I added gems to the fabric to give it sparkle.
She wore it to church and hated every one telling her how pretty she is, she'd rather just play in the dirt!
Someone at church had mentioned a while back that poor Jack-Jack didn't have any hand made dresses like the other 3, well now she does!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Policies and Procedures

Once Upon A Costume
Policies and Procedures
~updated 1-1-2014~

Measurements are the responsibility of the customer. Accurate measurements are difficult to be taken by yourself. Tailors and alteration specialists can take measurements if you do not have someone to assist you. Tape measures can be purchased at sewing/craft stores such as JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s. They can also be purchased at WalMart and Target.

Customer supplied Fabrics and Materials:
Customers are welcome to provide their own fabrics and materials to be used on costumes. All customer provided fabrics should be approved by Once Upon A Costume before being sent for use in costumes. Non pre-approved fabrics will only be used if they meet the needs of the costume. Non pre-approved fabrics that do not meet the needs of the costume will be returned in whole along with the finished costume made from alternate fabrics. All fabrics provided by the customer that were in excess will be returned. Fabric requirements for any costume piece can be given upon request.  Customer supplied fabrics MUST arrive no later than 3 weeks before the assigned ship date. If fabrics are not received in a timely manner and other arrangements have not been approved by Once Upon A Costume the assigned ship date will be canceled and a new date will be assigned.

A $150 deposit is required to hold a ship date. If for any reason your order needs to be cancelled $50 is non refundable. I will send an email letting you know when I start to cut the fabric for your order, at that time the entire deposit is non refundable. Deposits are accepted through Paypal. If you need other arrangements please email me. Payment arrangements are made at my discretion. A deposit being paid is the customer agreeing to all policies and procedures.

Final Payment:
The final payment is due before shipment of the order. I will send pictures of your completed order. At that time if I have made any mistakes concerning items detailed in email, alterations will be made. If the customer requests additional changes at that time the ship date may be changed due to the alterations desired. Once the final payment has been received through Paypal the costume will shipped. The final payment is the customer’s approval of the finished costume. Any questions or alterations need to be made before the final payment is received.

Shipping date:
Shipping dates are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Shipping dates are not guaranteed until the deposit is received. If you need an order by a certain date please email me to ensure the order can be delivered in time.

Postage is not included in the price. The following options are available -
Parcel Post with tracking. Shipping will generally take 7-10 days.
Priority Post with tracking and an automatic $50 insurance. Shipping will generally take 2-3 days.
Express/Overnight shipping with tracking and an automatic $50 insurance. This is the ONLY option that will have a package arrive by a guaranteed date.

Insurance for the full value of the package is available for an additional fee. Fees are determined by the value of the package. International shipping is available. Shipping costs and customs/duties will vary by value and destination.

Nevada Residents:
Nevada residents will be charged 8.1% sales tax.

These dresses are custom made for the individual and returns will be evaluated on an individual basis. I've done my best to represent my product fully. If there are any questions you need answered please ask before placing an order. I am not responsible for errors in measurements given to me, measurements are the responsibility of the customer. Any fitting problems that are my mistake will be corrected free of charge. I will work with you to the best of my ability to ensure your purchase is exactly what you want.

All items originate from a smoke free home and pet free environment. Great care is taken in creating, packaging and shipping each order. Do keep in mind these dresses are made by hand in a home with small children, sometimes life intervenes and must be taken care of before business. If an occasion arises that a dress is off schedule I will do my best to keep you informed and if necessary to meet a deadline a package will be shipped overnight/express at my expense.

Dresses are made available as a whole. Dresses are not available in part except to previous customers who need replacement pieces.