You may or may not know that I studied fashion design in college.  Then once I graduated, I’ve never really used my degree.  Well ok, I did work for minimum wage in a wedding dress boutique doing alterations for awhile.  But that wasn’t as glamorous and I had envisioned the “industry.”  It was a real life sweatshop!  I sat for 8 hours a day in a dressing room converted to a seamstress room.  The walls were literally lined with dresses waiting for my alterations and I shared the tiny room with a large ironing and steaming system, truly a sweatshop.  I wasn’t allowed to interact with the brides, I was just to sew on demand…  I’m pretty sure this is where I developed my phobia of lace and pearls.  But now that I’m a mom, I’m using my degree again!  As I mentioned in my post about Handmade Christmas gifts, I made my daughter some doll clothes for Christmas.  She had a Madame Alexander doll and was getting a Journey Girl (both are American Girl knock offs for the average American child).    We did a photo shoot of my foray into 18″ doll fashion design.  The model is the lovely Journey Girl named DanaSewRubyMoon Journey Girl PJ's

This is the first item I made.  My trial outfit. These are a pair of jammies I made with a free pattern I found online.  The shirt pattern I made by tracing around a current shirt that her doll has.  Since this pair turned out alright, I ventured onward.

SewRubMoon doll PJ's


So here is the next pair I made.  I tweaked the pattern a bit to make the pants more fitted.  I made my daughter the same set of PJ’s for herself as well.  Now she has a me and my twin inspired set!  I’ll give you a little tip here too.  I couldn’t find any hot pink fabric to match the fabric in the next picture, so I found a $2 plain t-shirt at the fabric store and cut my doll pattern out of the t-shirt.  Sometimes you have to think outside the box ;)

Journey Girl Sleeveless top and matching leggings


This top was inspired by the pillow case tops that were the hot item at craft shows about 5 years ago.  They were super easy to make for girls, so I adapted the pattern to fit the 18 inch doll.  It took me a couple tries to get the proportions correct, but it worked out great!  This out fit was screaming for hot pink leggings, which I used the PJ pants pattern for.  Again modified to be more fitted and slim, and again cut out of an adult sized tshirt for the fabric.

There you have it!  I’m sure I will be making more in the future and may even consider sharing the patterns I design here for others to use.

Maybe I’m an abstract artist…

January 12th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in mixed media - (Comments Off on Maybe I’m an abstract artist…)

RubyMoonArt Tween inspired mixed media canvas

I’ve worked a bit more on the Tween inspired WIP I mentioned here . When I got to this point, I stopped.  I don’t know where to go next.  I have some “Tween” ideas but I just can’t make myself take this any further.  I like it the way it is and have this nagging feeling I will ruin what I have LOL.  I asked the highly valued opinion of my 9 year old daughter and she said it looks good but her name on one of them would be awesome!  I have so many great “backgrouds” like this and then I can’t seem to move forward with them.  I’m not confident enough it the “subject” of the piece I guess.  I suppose it’s just something I need to work through.  I’m thinking of trying some art journaling classes to see if that helps with my commitment issues.


RubyMoonArt Tween inspired mixed media canvas

Back in the studio

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Etsy | mixed media - (2 Comments)

After the holiday madness I finally got back to the studio!  It’s been way too long since I’ve made any new yoga mat bags for my SewRubyMoon Etsy shop.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this turquoise batik fabric and think it made an awesome yoga bag!  Bright and cheery, full of yoga energy!  I’ve made a lavender eye mask that matches too.Yoga Mat bag by SewRubyMoon on Etsy


I’ve also made a neutral earth-tones print with this pretty starburst design.  There is also a matching lavender eye mask available.


I also started 3 new mixed media canvas’ with a color pallet that’s a little different than my norm.  I have a piece in mind that is Tween inspired.  We’ll see if it goes there.  Sometimes my work takes on a mind of it’s own.  The first layers for the background are nice and springy girly colors.

RubyMoonArt work in progress