Burlap Christmas Stockings

I recently made a dear friend stockings for her, her husband, puppy dog, and two future children 🙂

She wanted 5 different styles using burlap, ivory, and light blue. Here’s what I came up with:

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Red Velvet and Lace Dance Costumes

These red velvet and lace dance costumes are honestly some of my favorite! I feel slightly guilty even saying that because I do love everything that leaves my sewing room…but I would like a ball gown version of this costume for myself.

The bodice of this costume is made of stretchy red velvet (actually its velour). The neckline and sleeves are a nude mesh with red lace appliques to add some zing. There are 4 of them, each with a different applique pattern.

My ball gown version would have the same velour for the bodice and skirt. The gown would have a sweet heart neckline. There would be a small train decorated with the lace appliques beginning with a trail at the small of your back and getting heavier at the bottom of the skirt. The lace appliques would be heavy on one shoulder and trail down each arm. Now I just need to find somewhere to wear said ball gown…

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Mermaid inspired custom dance costumes

Here are some dance costumes I finished last week. I think they look kind of like mermaids with the “scales” on top and flowy skirt. The skirt is made from 6 layers of torn chiffon sewn to stretchy nude mesh. I made 12 of these costumes for Studio A in Southlake.

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Tiffany inspired dance costumes

Here is a costume that I have been working on for Studio A of Southlake. The dance is to Your Song and the costumes are inspired by Tiffany & Co. I made matching booty shorts for the ladies to wear under the dresses. This picture doesn’t show it too well, but the rolled hem is shorter on the front and longer in the back. I made 7 dresses and shorts for these sweet young ladies. They will compete in them next weekend – best of luck to each of you!

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I don’t know how to want less

Hi Friends,

Its been a while. I know. I had a kid. As it turns out “they” are all 100% correct – kids take a lot of time. (Her name is Priscilla Lee and she’s an absolute dream).

The handful of work projects I have completed in the last few months have not made it to the blog. One day! But this post is about the future of Black Alligator.

I always knew that I wanted to be a working Mom. Before Nic and I got married we agreed that we would make extreme financial sacrifices in order to have one of us at home raising our future tots. Our timing was serendipitous in that when we decided to have a baby, my business was doing great from our home. Well, hello working Mom, would you like to work from home? What a relief. It seemed perfect!

And indeed it is the perfect setup for our family. But how DELUSIONAL was I in thinking that I could be the primary caretaker of our little Miss Pris AND sew/run the biz full time. I know it sounds like a breeze; just care for your sweet, smiling 3 month old and whip together a handful of dance costumes. And maybe it would be a breeze if that’s all I wanted…

I don’t know how to want less. I want to cherish each moment with my baby girl. I don’t want to miss a smile, coo, or random fidget. I want to spend time with my God and invest in our relationship. I want to be the best wife I can for Nic. I don’t care what you say, I want to be dressed in real clothing, have make up on, and be happy to see him when he gets home from work. I want to be present during our time together and not have my mind sprinting around like a spaz. I want to be involved in my community and know my neighbors. I want to be able to coherently talk about the Presidential Election and what it means for the future of our country. I want to walk or run each day because it makes me feel good, and maybe even more so because it makes Goliath a happy pup. I want to know whats going on in my extended family and girlfriends’ lives. And not just their facebook posts, but what is going on in their marriage, how their sick grandpa is doing, and how they are feeling about going back to school for their MBA. I want to cook dinner 4 nights a week because eating healthy is important to me, and I flat out love to cook. I want to be reading a book, that is not necessarily about parenting, at all times. I want to wash my sheets once a week and clean my kitchen floor daily. I want to sew and create for my customers and watch Black Alligator grow into the business I see in my dreams. Dang it, I don’t know how to want less.

Which leads me to this conclusion: I am full up with work through March of next year and will not be taking on any more projects until they are all completed. I am not going to over commit. I have always told myself  to under commit and over produce, so here we go. Until I have a firm plan of being able to handle more volume I will not disappoint you, my dear customers 🙂 With that being said, if you know a talented seamstress that needs work please send her/him my way!

Much love,

Brittany

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Senior Overalls

If you haven’t started on your Senior Overalls – don’t worry, its not too late! I am not taking any overall orders currently since our baby is due in 2 weeks. The good news is that my Mom, Valerie Brunson, is. She takes 20 orders each year and currently has a few slots available. Please send me an email at brittany@blackalligatordesigns.com if you want me to put you in touch with her. Here is an example of her work:

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Yellow and Grey Twin Nursery

The same way just about everyone inherently loves pregnant women (on some level), everyone loves multiples. Perhaps its our human instinct for survival…many babies means the world continues! This is my first time to make nursery bedding for twins and it was a blast. TWO OF EVERYTHING!

The creative momma of these sweet twins (Emma and Georgia) chose a grey and white chevron with miniature yellow pom pom piping for the bumpers. They are tied onto the cribs with white grosgrain ribbon. The bed skirts are undoubtedly my favorite part. Those cute elephants look like they are marching around the cribs and I just love it. Bringing in more color, there is a throw pillow (which uses the yellow pom pom piping as well) and other accents from a small coral ikat print. Enjoy these pictures, courtesy of Everest Road Photography.

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