Smiles and Sunshine

Custom Crochet

A Dress out of a Dream… In Progress

Tonight’s work in progress is one I’ve been anticipating for a while… It’s a beautiful tutu dress. I am working with a friend to create at least two of these beauties. I would love to show you a picture, but the pattern designer has made it clear that her pictures are her property, so I will have to send you to this Etsy shop where I purchased the pattern named “The Emma,” and you can view the gorgeous photos there.

This dress can easily be used for a bridesmaid dress or a party dress. I am in charge of crocheting the top part, also known as the bodice, and my friend will add the tulle tutu. We will each end up with one dress. She will give hers to her little girl, and mine will be for sale.

I’m using an off-white yarn that looked like cream in the store and looks very white in my living room. I think my friend will be using different colors of tutu material, maybe purples, blues, and white. I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

The designer of these dresses sells the finished products for over $100 for little girl dresses. She also makes an adult sized dress that can be used as a wedding dress, which she sells for $200. I think it would be such an honor to crochet a wedding dress.

For now, this is all I have. I will try to post more pictures tomorrow. Hopefully I will have finished the straps and the edging by then. This version shows yarn markers, which will be removed. They help me to know where to stitch the straps. As you can see, I’ve started one strap, and it is time to start the next one.


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Update on Wisteria Wedding Quilt

Today I took the time to cut out squares for my brother’s Wisteria Wedding Quilt. I am so grateful for all of my swap-bot online friends that have sent me fabric for the quilt. This is what I have listed on my swap-bot profile, and I thought I would share it here as well in case anyone would care to do a private swap with me to help me with the quilt.

I’m in search of quality 100% cotton fabric for my brother’s wedding quilt. I don’t want more than 10 squares of each fabric, and I need 1200 squares all together. The colors I am using are green, violet, brown, and gold. I am using all shades of colors in his wisteria wedding quilt.

The squares need to be 3-1/2 inches before piecing. (I would love pre-cut squares.) I am looking for 1/8 yard pieces, 1/4 yard pieces, or fat quarters in these colors.

I am willing to do private swaps of other fabrics to make this happen. Ask me for what you want, and I will see if I have it. Many of you have already sent me fabric–thank you so much. It is great knowing that love from all over the world is going into this gift.

As of 5/17/08 this is what I have/need:
Gold Accents I have 18squares/I need 82 squares

Medium Gold 40/60

Dark Gold 30/70

Light Brown/Tan 50/50

Medium Brown 36/64

Dark Brown 30/70

Light Lavender 20/80

Medium Lavender 30/70

Dark Lavender 20/80

Light Green 36/64

Medium Green 24/76

Dark Green 50/50

Thank you for thinking about it.  I am enjoying all of the different fabrics! You can comment here about a swap or email me at


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