Sarsaparilla Skirt & Vest GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

September 21, 2008

wandering waifI realize it's been over a week since my last post. I think every working man needs a small vacation....a week....if not two, to focus his attention on something different. I know that this isn't a job but I do take it seriously. And I too need a short vacation. Don't get me wrong, I still love the sewing, photos and blogging but I just needed to spend some time away. You might be interested to know that in my free time I sewed curtains, took naps with lily, did some Christmas shopping and baked an apple pie. It felt good but now I'm back.

This little skirt and vest was inspired by a trip to one of the local goodwill stores. I found the retro cowboy hat in one of the plastic $1 bins and decided it needed an outfit to match.

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I made the skirt and vest with a brown broadcloth cotton material. The color w
as obviously reminiscent of leather. But I didn't want anything quite as hokey as leather. Under the skirt I made a sort of crinoline puff out of red bandanna material which peaks out from underneath

For the top, I made the vest more feminine by fitting the sides, adding a Peter Pan like collar and scooping neckline rather than a creating a "V". Peaking out from around the scoop neck are ruffles of the matching red bandanna material. The sleeves also have the bandanna ruffles along the cuff line.

Lily looks so happy in all the photos mostly because Brian was making her laugh by smashing cardboard blocks on his head. There's almost *nothing* she loves more....go figure.
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I would say this would fit a 3T-4T.

Last day for posts is Friday 9/26/08. Winner will be announced Sunday morning!

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this skirt and vest just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

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73 {comments}:

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it so much. We are from Nebraska and it fits so well. Cute, cute, cute!

sweetness said... Best Blogger Tips

my gosh you make some wonderful creations and this is the most gorgeous thing i have ever seen!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this. I'm also glad you took a break. All creativity needs a break. I hope you enjoyed it, charged your creative batteries and have some fun things planned!

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my! Lily is adorable as always. Love the bandanna print with it. My DD wants to be a country singer for Halloween (have no idea where she got that idea from) but this would be perfect. Glad you got a well deserved brake :)

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Blogged you here:

Okay, this one is my favorite. No, seriously, it is. For real. Favorite!

Bunny B said... Best Blogger Tips

Super adorable!! Blogged!

Kara said... Best Blogger Tips

How cute! My daughter LOVES all things cowgirl! This would be very cute and fun for her!

Hilarie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is darling!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

How cute!

Doty Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute!! Would look so cute on my little cowgirl!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said... Best Blogger Tips

How fun is that! Totally cute.
P.S. Yeehaw!

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute! my daughter, who is turning 4 in a few weeks, and wants to be a cowgirl/horse farmer would love love love to unwrap this on her birthday!

i linked from

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so stinkin' amazing. This is adorable.
I just made my husband look through a bunch of your giveaways. He usually rolls his eyes when I even mention the words "craft" and "blog" but he was mighty impressed, too.
I'll write my post linking to you right now.

cpullum said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it!!! So cute!!! My daughter thinks so too!


Heather Bell said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the red. It is so fun.

Artfulife said... Best Blogger Tips

Good for you! I was wondering if you and your family were well. Glad to hear you were having some good ol' family & "ME" time. You deserve it. Can't wait to see what you make next.

Physiomom said... Best Blogger Tips

You are one true artsy, crafty creative lady who is kind enuf to offer this giveaway. I've posted a link to this post of yours.
Really wish my gals would be lucky enuf to wear your creation.

ty and megs said... Best Blogger Tips

seriously!? could you be any cuter?

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh how creative this little number is. Please Count Bella and me in for this wonderful contest! Thank you!!!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, my gosh...that is so cute and would fit my niece's personality to a "T".
You are so creative!

Amanda C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I just linked you and had to blog a little bit about this outfit:
It's just adorable. I don't have a daughter of my own, but I have a niece who'd look great in it!

Tiffany Winters said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh man, my daughter loves to dress up and wear princess dresses and Halloween costumes all day. It doesn't matter where we go, she has to wear them. I would be putting her in this all the time. I wouldn't mind letting her wear this everywhere we went. I love it!!

Like last time, my link didn't show up. I linked you here:

Could you still enter me in the giveaway? Thanks!

Rubyellen said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen... so cute! It is too perfect with the little hat. I am glad you had a nice break... i was on one too. We definitely need more of those!

Millie @ The Busy Butlers said... Best Blogger Tips

We live on a horse ranch and my little cowgirl would love this! It is so darling! And I'm glad you had a chance to recharge! You deserve it, working so hard to inspire the rest of us and make our days with your cute creations!

Carli said... Best Blogger Tips

yay! so cute. hope i win!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable!! My link isn't showing up for some reason, but I blogged about your giveaway here:

Joy said... Best Blogger Tips

I just recently stumbled on this place and am so glad to have found it! I'm pretty much crazy-envious of all you've created. Every last outfit I've seen is lovely/cute/quirky/perfect, and my four girls think so, too.

Blogged about this giveaway at

Lindsay Riggs said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this little outfit! My daughter would definitely look darling in this for Halloween! I posted a link on my blog, but it is private. (If you want to verify that I posted, email me at and I can invite you to see my blog.) Pick me, please. :)

Dover Fam said... Best Blogger Tips

Once again I LOVE IT!!!! Lily is so cute!!!

Christina Joy said... Best Blogger Tips

Way cute! Makes me wish we were still living in good 'ol Dodge City...but looking cute in Kansas City will just have to do! You are uber-creative!r

Cammi said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, i'm in love with this! you are so wonderful talented :)

EB said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable, as usual!


The Kooky Queen--Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohhhh! That would be so fun!! What a darling outfit!

Joy said... Best Blogger Tips


i forgot to include my email address earlier but just now remembered when i returned to gratuitously moon over this dress.

leftymylou at gmail dot com

(blogged already at picturebarrow2)

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute as always! I'm just so impressed that you give them all away! I will be linking on my blog...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found this blog on another site and am so thrilled even if I don't win anything I love looking at the adorable clothes you make, (Just got through browsing older posts you are very talented)

This outfit is way too cute. My Daughter would love it.

Blogged you here

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said... Best Blogger Tips

this is so beautiful...all your work is beautiful

Millie said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I could sew a button on a pair pant!Wow! what great talent you have! Thanks for the chance to win!

Ammica said... Best Blogger Tips

SOOO cute!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

How do you come up with these? This is great!

Superdumb Supervillain said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this and I'm not even a cowboy lover...

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute cowgirl! Lily is precious!
And you are a genius! As usual!

sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

O.k I had to get some help with this but I think I have it linked up the right way! This is so cute! Thanks for a chance to win!

Sister Goldenhair said... Best Blogger Tips

i sure hope i'm linking to these correctly. you're clothes are pure delight.

Hillary said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this outfit. What little girl does not love to dress up as a little cowgirl!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

That is SO DARLING!! And you just made that up to match the hat? Amazing! I linked to you.

Claudia said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great outfit! And it would assure the fun for a happy little girl. :)
I didn't use the "create link" you offer, but I put it on my blog anyway.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

That is too cute. You certainly deserve a good break as much as anyone else. We did miss you, though!

Rebekah (monkeygirlsmama) said... Best Blogger Tips

Would love to enter to win this for my daughter. This is so cute!!!

Blogged here:

littleminx at cox dot net

leaner said... Best Blogger Tips

How sweet is that? My little girl is a cowgirl at heart. So is it alright if I copy your sweet dress to make for her?

Matt Liz Smith said... Best Blogger Tips

Love, love, love it!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

very cute! retro and sweet

mommyjen99 said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my all time favorite outfit! So cute ......... anyways blogged about your giveaway at

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

WHeeee doggy!
Kippy yi yi yah!
Or however they say it, that is one purdy outfit darlin'!

Becca said... Best Blogger Tips

So great! Amazing creation

Brittney said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in LOVE with this outfit! We were debating on what to be for halloween... if we were so lucky to win this, it would be perfect for cowboys/girls and indians! I'm crossing my fingers...and toes!

MeUandMaddy said... Best Blogger Tips

How cute!!! This is my first visit to your site and I'm in love! Your little munchkin is adorable.

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so cute :D

The Nettles Family said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so creative...when can we get some patterns??? Thanks for all your inspirations!

Mama G said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the cutest outfit. PYou are so talented. I hope one day I win so my little girl will look as cute as yours! I know I'm to late for this one but maybe next time.

jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

wow how cute this is

MamaMy said... Best Blogger Tips

everything is better in texas!!!
this would be fun dressup clothes!!!

Linda ★ Parker's General said... Best Blogger Tips

with all the rodeos and festivals here iniowa, this will be purrrrrfect...

Millie @ The Busy Butlers said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey - me again. My link isn't showing up for some reason, but I blogged about you on:

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable! My little Liv would make a cute cowgirl! I am so impressed with your talent! It is very inspiring!

Angela Yosten said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute outfit!!! I have a three year old and she loves to dress up. She carries horses around with her all the time. We live in TEXAS so what a great fit!

Tiercy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, Christmas shopping!!! Way to go. I wish I had half your creativity and talent. thanks for sharing it wiht others.

Jody said... Best Blogger Tips

This is way too cute! I can just see it on my grandaughter riding her pony. Thanks for sharing your time and talents with others. Jody

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips

My goodness, this would be so adorable on my almost 3 year old. she loves to play dress up. I could wrap this up and give it to her for her birthday!

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute for any little cowgirl.

craftytammie said... Best Blogger Tips

Everytime I come to your site, I am blown away by what you've made this time. This is adorable!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! I'd love to enter, but since I have!
Just wanted to leave a comment to tell you how cute it is!

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, when are you going to start making clothes in MY size? I LOVE this and would wear it EVERY DAY!

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