Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY: A Crayon-tastic Dress and A GIVEAWAY!

 What you see here is an art teacher that's one crayon short of a full box. 
Partly cuz, let's face it, I'm nutz (and I'm not just sayin' so. During our school's evening registration, I was asked on more than one occasion by the under-10 set if I was planning on being "even crazier this year." When I replied with an "um, I suppose so?" I was met with mostly "yes!"es and a few "oh no"s. But those came from parents and the administration. Which doesn't count, says me.) And the other partly cuz, well, I used several of the crayons from my box for that there hair clip.
But that crayon clip was just the icing on this Ultra-Geeky-Crayontastic-Art-Teachery-Get-Up Cake. 

When I stumbled upon this crayon fabric at JoAnn's, I knew deep in my tacky-bedazzled heart that it was meant for curtain-making or bulletin board decorating. Not dresses. I thought to myself, "Should I? Or would that be taking things a little too far?" And then I remembered THIS get up, laughed manically (which drew stares and whispers and a phone call to the police) and realized I done took things too far a long long time ago.

I also scooped up a coupla yards of that blue chevron. I loved the idea of it paired with the crayon fabric (look, I can teach about zig zag lines and crayons with this dress. Shoot, this dress just does the teachin' itself. Thank goodness because with all this sewing I forgot to write my lesson plans. Just kidding, principal lady!).
You might recall I scored a batch o vintage patterns this summer that just happened to be in my size. I decided to use the one above...with much anticipation. I've never heard good things about Vague, er, Vogue patterns and, I gotta say, with good reason. I mean, I thought Mrs. Butterick was bad. She at least talked to me. Vogue just uses pictures, arrows and a couple line drawings of the middle finger. It's most off-putting. Thankfully, this pattern was pretty self-explanatory, so my wee brain was able to manage.
 I really loved the dress on the envelope with the butterfly border fabric so I used the crayons as the boarder to the chevron. I was a little concerned that so much blue zigzag would be boring and toyed around with other fabric choices. In the end, I decided that having the zigzags run in different directions would be twofold terrificness: horizontals to accentuate and verticals to elongate. Wow, that sentence made me sound all smart -n- stuff. Maybe I'll include that in my lesson plan. Oh! By the way, crayon shoe DIY here. Cuz I know you're dying to make your own. Double Oh! More about my Art History Wall here.



 Just a coupla books I plan on reading whilst wearing said dress. See, I did plan. A little. 

Have ya'll read these? Love 'em.

 And there you have it! One Crayon Dress complete(-ly crazy. You're welcome, children.)
 And now, lemme giveaway some stuff! I have a coupla odd-shaped yards of this crayon fabric (due to cutting to create the border) and this super rad vintage box of Crayola crayons in hardly-used condition. The fabric would make great quilting squares, classroom curtains, underwear, the possibilities are endless. To enter, all you gotta do is leave a comment about what you'd do with either the crayons, the fabric or both! International friends, you are always welcome to join the fun. I'll throw all ya'll's names in a jar and announce the winner sometime next week. When I've finished writing my lesson plans.

Until then, lemme hear from you and enjoy the rest of your week!




25 comments:

  1. Cassie, your dress is absolutely the cutest. Love the crayon fabric! I'm thinking it would make a cute retro style apron, Butterick 5435 comes to mind.

    Christiana
    sewamusing.blogspot.com

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  2. Anonymous8/06/2013

    The fabric would make great quilting squares, classroom curtains,UNDERWEAR!!! the possibilities are endless. I follow you on pinterest. The crayon underwear idea! Love it

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  3. Cassie, I want to know who takes all those great photographs of you!

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  4. Too cute. I am still in denial that I will be going back to work (we don't start until after labor day) My house is such a mess where has the summer gone. I think I would use the crayon fabric for an apron to keep all your pretty dresses free of art room oopsies.

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  5. I use to sew all the time. I wish I had saved the vintage patterns! Love your blog!

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  6. Yay! Love the crayon dress and especially love your description of vogue patterns...giggle! I would make a cute head scarf with the fabric! And I love the vintage box of crayons!!

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  7. Nice fabric! I'm going to use the fabric to lengthen a little denim skirt of my daughter with ruffles. The box of crayons is for my daughters; they love drawing!

    Thanks for the nice give away!

    Liz

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  8. Great dress as always! I would use the fabric for something in my classroom.... the awesome vintage crayons would go on display for all to enjoy and inspire memories! :)

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  9. Love your flair for dressing! The fabric is perfect for making a composition book cover. And the crayons are just the thing I need to create that "Welcome Back" vignette.

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  10. Such fun pictures! I would make a book bag for my granddaughter!

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  11. What a lovely dress! I love how you matched the two fabrics.
    The crayon fabric would make a cute shirt for my toddler boy.

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  12. You don't have to enter me...but I have to say "You are the most colorful crayon in the box!" Love ya!

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  13. I would use the fabric to make some awesome crayon roll-up holders that I saw on Pinterest. I could use them at our first family night as door prizes. I have to admit that I would selfishly keep the vintage crayons to put on display with my collection. Found a box last summer in a little antique shop in MI that I had to have because the teacher had written on the back "Teacher's Crayons". Ha-I so do that. Great dress!!!

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  14. That dress is so cute! I teach history in a high school but I have themed skirts, too! I have a vintage D.C. skirt I wear for our government unit. Nerdy! I'm going to make a Rt 66 skirt soon. I love your fun outfits!

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  15. Hmm...so wish my seeing skills were better. I have tons of ideas but lack the skills to make many of my dream projects. I would make matching hair wraps for my 13 year old daughter and I. If there is enough fabric left I would make bandanas for my husband, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. A perfect family photo for my art room! :)

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  16. You are so inspiring! Please throw my name in the jar as I would use the fabric to make an art apron. Thank you for the motivation and great ideas!!

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  17. hhhmmmm I would DIY a pair of shoes (maybe wedges- Ilove wedges!) with the fabric... and I love the dress... are the patterns you use still available? love them!!! Thanks for sharing all of your whacky ideas and making us other whack-jobs not feel so alone!!!

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  18. Anonymous8/11/2013

    Cute, cute dress! I love the fabric and it would go perfectly in my crayon themed classroom. I have an enormous crayon box that I made which holds crayons made from those heavy cardboard rolls that bulletin board paper comes on. I had three so I cut them in half and made six crayons that are really half the size of the box so they aren't so heavy. I would love the vintage box. It would go with the box of crayons I have that my husband's mother kept from his childhood, and the box of crayon candles I kept from mine. You have to admit your fabric would fit perfectly!

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  19. Love your blog! I would use the crayon box as part of a art materials time line.

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  20. You are so inspiring! I used to teach high school art and am finally teaching elementary which I've wanted all along! I can't wait to dress crazy! :) Do you have any posts of your lesson plans? I love your classroom set up!

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    1. Hi Tammy! I do have lots of lesson plans sprinkled throughout my DIY's and crazy outfits. You could look here first: http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/2013/05/in-art-room-art-show-part-1.html and feel free to email me if you have any questions or need more lesson plan ideas. Have fun with The Littles!

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  21. I'm a new teacher and now my passion for sewing is on the back burner since I teach K thru 11th! I don't have much in my classroom, but I'm sure I could use that adorable fabric in my room! Thanks for such a great blog :)

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    1. I'm so sorry friend, but this giveaway is now closed...HOWEVER, I am having a giveaway currently. If you click on my banner it should take you right to my latest post. Thank you!

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  22. I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people.

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