A Succulent Tea Party

A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.

We recently styled a fun little photo shoot that we just have to share with you.  My niece, Indy (Krista's daughter), is starting Kindergarten next week, so Krista really wanted to do one last photo shoot that embodied her as a "little girl." She knew for sure that she wanted her to wear a flower crown with big flowers and an ivory lace dress. Other than that, she wasn't really sure about the setting or location.  We put our heads together and came up with a succulent tea party in the woods with her favorite teddy bear! Krista made Indy's flower crown using my Succulent Crown Tutorial, and handmade her dress as well. You can find her DIY Little Lace Dress tutorial here.  We had way too much fun with all the little details and hope you enjoy these "behind the scenes" photos. 

A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles, miniature furniture :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial. (Echeveria Lola)
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles, miniature furniture :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles, miniature furniture :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.
A Succulent Tea Party via Needles + Leaves :: we styled this photo shoot with succulents in a teapot, teacups, mason jars, a bell jar, and terra cotta pots. :: flowers, roses, daisies, babies breath:: vintage inspired owl, reused, repurposed, shabby chic, window, candles, miniature furniture :: diy flower crown and little lace dress tutorial.

DIY Little Lace Dress

DIY Little Lace Dress via Needles + Leaves

When planning my daughter Indy's last photo shoot before starting Kindergarten, I knew I wanted two things for sure: a fresh flower crown and to make her dress myself.  For her flower crown, I simply followed Tawni's DIY Succulent Crown tutorial using real fresh flowers instead of succulents.  As for her dress, I started by buying fabric that I thought would be pretty and went from there.  I made the dress about an hour before the shoot and it was so simple I thought I should share it as a DIY.

Diy Little Lace Dress and Flower Crown via Needles + Leaves

Supplies I Used:

Ivory Thread

1 1/2 yards Ivory Cotton Fabric

2 yards Ivory Lace Fabric

Ivory Zipper

Fabric Scissors

Tape Measure  

Sewing Pins

1. I started by measuring my daughter. She is 4 1/2 years old and very petite so make sure to take your own measurements as well. 

These are her measurements:

  • Total length of the dress: 25" long.  (from the top of her chest to her ankles) 
  • Total for the top bodice: 4 1/2"  long.
  • Total circumference for top bodice: 21" (I decided to make the dress a tube top, so I wanted the bodice very tight.) 
  • Total for the lace skirt bottom: 21" long x 45" wide.

2. After taking these measurements I started cutting. I began with the cotton fabric.

For the bodice I needed to cut a piece 4 1/2 L. x 10 1/2" W. I folded the fabric in half and cut 2 pieces at a time.

DIY Girls Lace Dress

The ivory fabric I bought was a bit see through so I needed to make the dress double layered. If you are using a darker color or a thicker fabric you can skip to step 4.

3. You will need to cut another 2 pieces. 2 for the front and 2 for the back to make it double layered.  Once you made your first cut in step 2, just lay that piece on the fabric and cut again.

DIY Girls Lace Dress

Now you have your front and back for the bodice! 

DIY Girls Lace Dress

4.  Next we can cut the fabric for the skirt portion. The skirt is also two layers. The bottom layer is the cotton fabric and the top layer is the lace. I laid the lace fabric on top of the cotton fabric so that I could cut them together.  Now I cut both fabrics together 21" L. x 45" W.

DIY Girls Lace Dress

Now that we are done with cutting, We can start sewing!  

5. Let's start with the bodice, If you are doubling up the layers, we need to sew them together individually first. Take 2 of the 4 pieces we cut in the beginning, pin them together and sew along 3 of the 4 sides a 1/4" seam leaving the bottom unsewn. Now turn it right side out. Repeat with the other 2 pieces.
*If you are not doubling up your fabric, start by folding down the top of your 2 pieces of fabric 1/2" and iron. Then sew a 1/4" seam. 


To finish the bodice pin the 2 finished pieces together along the left and right sides and sew together to create a tube.

You can leave the bottom of the bodice unfinished because the lace skirt will be sew on top.  

DIY Girls Lace Dress

6. Next we can attached the bodice to the lace skirt. Start by pinning the lace and cotton we cut earlier to the bodice in the back.  I pleated it 1/2" apart to make the dress flow better all the way around. The skirt will start to overlap. This will help the dress close in the back. 

DIY Girls Lace Dress
DIY Girls Lace Dress

7. Now start sewing the top and bottom together.   

DIY Girls Lace Dress

Here you have the sewn bodice!

DIY Girls Lace Dress

8. Now we have the zipper, first you need to trim your zipper to the length you want on the dress. I trimmed mine to about 11". Fold your dress inside out and unzip the zipper. (not all the way.. the zipper will come off!) lay the zipper on the dress and cut a straight line down the back of the dress about an inch from the end of the zipper. Now pin your unzipped zipper to the dress and sew.

DIY Girls Lace Dress
DIY Little Lace Dress via Needles + Leaves

9. For a little extra cuteness I added a little strip of lace to the front of the bodice.  I didn't want to sew to much on the lace so I sewed it along the sides and a a few stitches in the middle. 

DIY Girls Lace Dress

10. Viola! We have a little lace dress. The dress was exactly what I imagined and it looked adorable on Indy!  I hope you enjoyed following along in this tutorial! Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or need help! Check out our stylized photo shoot featuring this dress. Find me on Instagram under @kristaandleaves or  @needlesandleaves.

DIY Girls Lace Dress via Needles + Leaves

Our First Giveaway

succulent in macrame plant hanger

I'm super excited to finally introduce the "needles" of Needles + Leaves.  My beautiful and talented best friend/sister-in-law will now be joining me in contributing to this blog. Krista will be sharing fun, easy and inexpensive craft ideas!

We're thrilled to announce our very first giveaway!  Krista designed and handmade an amazing bag and we have a gorgeous macramé plant hanger to give away. 

This handmade bag features aztec print fabric with an outside pocket and a braided leather strap.  Our double decker plant hanger is a neutral beige with a twisted macramé design.  Read below for giveaway entry details. 

 

aztec print and braided leather bag. fedora hat free people street style ombre hairstyle 
aztec print bag with braided leather handle. 
aztec print bag with braided leather handle
aztec print bag with braided leather handle
macrame plant hanger and succulent 
double decker macrame plant hanger succulent succulents

Giveaway Entry Details

There are three ways to enter this giveaway:

1. Repost our giveaway photo on Instagram and hashtag #needlesandleavesgiveaway

2. Tag 5 friends on our giveaway photo on Instagram

3. Share this blog post with your friends on Facebook

This giveaway ends on Monday, August 12th and the winner will be randomly chosen.  Good Luck!