Friday, January 16, 2009


Hi all - I am just dropping in very quick to let you know I am having a huge Sample Sale in Alayna's Closet. Everything in my Sale section is brand new and just waiting to find another home.

There are girls shirts, boys shirts, long sleeve, short sleeve, and even a few tote bags added in. The prices are low, low and sizes are limited! So stock up for this summer and for next year as well!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Feeling Inspired...

Some time ago I purchased my daughter the most adorable dress from Matilda Jane. Besides being ridiculously cute - I was struck most by the use of buttons. I love buttons but really haven't had the opportunity to use them in my previous designs.

Since my last post I have completed 2 more of my Twirly T's (do you like my name for them?) and I just felt like it was missing something. Here is what I came up with...

This adorable fabric flower is removable and can be positioned anywhere on the outfit you like. You can even use it on your handbag, coat, other clothing, etc!

I used the same fabric that is on the hem and a really interesting square-ish lavender button.

I have so many fabric combinations running through my head! And I want to make these flowers in every color possible!

Updated to add the newest Twirly T's!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm all ears...

Please - tell me what you think!

If you could see my sewing studio you would see that I am being overrun with shirts. I have a massive quantity in many colors and thought I would play around with a new design. I just did one last night as my very first tester and used fabric I wasn't too crazy about. That dress itself looks good but I still don't like the fabric. Nevermind the fact that I sewed the skirt to the wrong side of the shirt! If you don't look too close you can't tell it's inside out. :P

I just completed another one tonight with fabrics that I do like. I also tried a different design.

So, I want to hear from you! Please leave me a comment with your thoughts on my dress. I just have to say. I put the 1st dress on Alayna really quick tonight before I put on her pjs - and she twirled and twirled. It was seriously the cutest thing because she never does that. I will say it is a good twirling skirt. :)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Coming soon...

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season. I want to thank you for such an incredible 2008 and for making Alayna's Closet your destination for adorable appliqued items.

I know my poor little blog has been neglected. Really neglected. But with the new year around the corner I am feeling more energized and looking forward to stocking Alayna's Closet with lots more goodies! I am in the middle of trying out various products and working out the tweaks in some items I have already done. I always want to offer quality pieces that I love, and in turn, you love.


Today I finished off some pants that match a top I made for my daughter for Valentine's Day.

I really love this red and pink polka dot fabric from Michael Miller and think it's the best to use for Valentine's. And I had the perfect pink ric rac trim for the bottom hem.

I just had to add a couple little surprises on the back of the outfit.

And a sweet grosgrain belt finishes it off.

You can click on any of the pictures to get a larger view - and you can click here to see the listing for the shirt. I haven't decided if I will offer the complete outfit in the shop or not. But I do have several shirts that would make excellent gifts for Valentine's Day. It's not too far away!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Getting closer...

Christmas is nearly in our reach. In just over 35 days it will be time to celebrate and exchange gifts. I want to help you out with a little bit of your shopping! My shirts make great gifts and come packaged all pretty.

And of course you know that I can make adorable tote bags to match any of my tops.

So here's the deal... Purchase any two shirts for just $40! This is a fantastic savings and will only be available for a short time.

During checkout in the the notes to seller - you must enter the code BR2440. This offer will expire on November 30th, 2008. Start shopping! Click here to visit Alayna's Closet.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ruffles here, ruffles there...

I love these ruffles everywhere!

In the next baby step to full blown boutique clothing, I have started to offer complete outfits in Alayna's Closet. You can now purchase my adorable shirts with even more adorable matching pants. I currently have in stock size 12mths -6 knit flare pants and 2T-5T bootcut jeans. I can create these to match any of my existing tops in almost any color variety possible.

Click on the pictures to read more about each outfit!

Friday, November 14, 2008

How have you been?

Life is still crazy and hectic here in Alayna's Closet. Someday soon I hope to be up and fully operational with posting, giveaways, and lots more!

In the meantime I wanted to share a couple pictures of my booth setup from last weekend. Our group, the Mont Vernon Artisans was set up in 2 different locations - the fire house and the town hall. They share a parking lot.

The cool weekend garnered lots of shoppers for us all. The turnout was pretty good and I really enjoyed the event. I was a last minute addition so I was wedged in the corner by my friend Anita. But we both made good use of the space and got to chat during the down times.

I recently received a large shipment of pants for making some more beautiful outfits. You can see all new additions to Alayna's Closet in the slideshow on the right sidebar.

Friday, November 7, 2008

We're famous!


All of the facts aren't exactly right, ex. I have only been avidly sewing for 4 weeks as opposed to 4 years, but Alayna's Closet is in the paper! I've been feverishly getting ready for the show this weekend and it is going to come down to the last hour.

Today I have a very long list of things to do and garments to complete and then setup is tonight. Is is all so stressful! Hopefully it will be worth it.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Breaking the law...

Anyone ever used to watch Beavis and Butthead?! NM connection there...

So I have been tagged a couple times recently (thanks Jen & Sydnei!) but I am going to deviate from the rules and just spew some random information about me.

I have a not so secret crush on Chris Isaak! *swoon*


I loved being pregnant and am sad I won't be ever again.


My most favorite car that I've owned was my first brand new one. A 1997 blue green chameleon Pontiac Firebird. That car was hot! *channeling Paris Hilton when I say that*


I am addicted to ChapStick!


In high school I wanted to be a police officer in my hometown.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Is anyone still here?
I am - but barely. I'm still home taking care of my sick husband. He is out of the hospital now thankfully, but still sick. So while I am on hiatus from Alayna's Closet I am sharpening up my sewing skills and prepping for my new Christmas designs.
Here is a sneak peek at what is coming up.


And as I mentioned - I am broadening my horizon and trying my hand at clothing. Today I finished a couple of flouncy skirts. I ordered a pattern for a couple different designs but I was antsy to get started.

So I did both of these freehand. I have a couple of kinks to work out before I start offering these in Alayna's Closet. But in the meantime - my little girl sure looks cute in something I actually made!