Monday, February 23, 2015

Are you going to Narnia?...

We just went and it was wonderful! Saturday all the young people in our church hosted a Narnia night! Not only was it a costume contest, but we wanted every one to enter into the world of Narnia when they entered the building. This project began about a month ago... Building and designing sets, creating the most unique costumes and teaching people who never sew, how to sew! 

Every costume was thought thru with much detail. We studied the type of character C.S. Lewis portrayed and tried to copy the Pauline Baines drawings. The. We added a bit of flare. From little mice to fat Giants, every costume was extremely unique, and the person that wore them, was from a whole other world. 

If any of you are familiar with Narnia, you will see that we have a set from every book... We wanted to make this something that all the children would never forget! From he beavers dam, to the dawn treader, to a narnian feast! It was a true narnian party. Everyone who helped put it together really had the most fun! 

 Here are a few pictures showing the building of sets... And creating costumes...


My shop during construction
Starting to set up in the building

And here re the finished sets and costumes... Oh did I fail to mention we got this powder that you add water to and it makes it look like real snow! It's incredible... But hard to cleanup off carpet��

The white witches castle...

The beavers dam...and entry

The dawn treader... And the picture frame...

I couldn't get a good pic of tashbaan, but it was there... 

The silver chair...

Puddleglums wigwam ...


And finally the many creative costumes I helped with...

Okay.. This is me.. Yes a giant! It was neat to finally be tall...and fat!
A dryad...
An eagle...
Lazeraline...
My sister as jewel the unicorn...
Fledge the horse...
Havilah as a stone statue...
Mr. And mrs. Beaver
My little dwarf trumpkin
And another fledge...
My brother Isaac as lord restimar.. One of the seven lords that turned to gold...

Eloise as Susan and Juliet as Aslan...

My brother as puddle glum (and his fiancé)
Dufflepud... I made the shoe on this one...
And this is eustace the dragon...he was our hardest costume and most creative... Below will be pics of working on it too...
This is what his whole body was made of... Womens snake skin coats from goodwill all cut up..! 
Thank you all for coming to Narnia with me!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Custom Modest Stylish Dresses...

As you know, here at Bella Jean we love to sew all sorts of custom, whacky, different and just fun projects for our customers. We alter wedding gowns, formal gowns and just plain anything! We love to create, and that is why we do what we do!

That being said, we also love to make girls dresses that are stylish as well as modest and sweet. Dresses for ages 18mo.- 18yrs can sometimes be difficult to find that are long enough, without being frumpy, and nice necklines without being a turtleneck. (granted this probably is more on the 10yrs-18yrs). We are on a mission to create classic styles of dresses for anyone who runs into this problem. Beautiful feminine dresses, that have sweet necklines, lengths that are normal, and fabrics that go well together that create and appealing design. We've made lots of dresses in the past, but we definitely haven't made enough, and we haven't made it a market yet.... so here we are beginning the journey~ We want to make it easy for moms with daughters, to be able to find the dresses they're looking for! We need all of your help to make this happen...
Below are a few of the dresses we've made in the past, we love these, but we need more ideas for different ages... Whether its a cut you like, a material you like, a design you've always thought of in your head... no matter what it is... Send them our way!

Here are some of our designs...