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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pink and black houndstooth skirt for $2 on: August 11, 2007 08:26:07 PM
I had a specific look in mind, and while that didn't work out, the result is really awesome.  I wanted a banded pleated skirt, and the pleats look more like ruffles, but I still love the skirt.  I cut the top part as if I was making a micro-mini (eeek!  not on this mother-of-two body!) and then instead of hemming it I pinned and sewed the bottom part on it.  I am really really happy with it!  I used up almost all of the yard of fabric (60in wide) I bought to make it (it was in the bargain steals at Hancock fabrics, discounted to $2 a yard!).

Without further ado:

side (and you can see the back is fuller and a touch longer than the front)

Pardon the few stray threads I didn't see peeking out there at the bottom, and my jeans thrown on the couch there!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pretty black and burgundy dress on: August 09, 2007 04:00:08 PM
This dress would have been super easy if I hadn't picked such tricky fabric!  The black is a velour, and was so slippy!  Even with pins it would not stay aligned.  The red fabric likes to split and pucker.  However, I totally got to witness my daughter's first ever "look, it's so pretty!" twirl, so all that frustration is forgotten!  Also, I sewed down the zipper without bunching the fabric, which is a first!  I would go look at the pattern I used (and altered slightly) but my lovely model is asleep on my lap at the moment.  My only changes were skipping the sleeve elastic and not making the ruffled underskirt.  It was a two hour project (spread over several days) only because of my fabric choices.

Oh, and pardon the model's comatose older brother (and the horrible mess!), even with the ac on, an afternoon siesta to beat the heat was required.

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt back suggestions? on: July 31, 2007 06:04:51 PM
I have my first finished quilt top pieced, my batting needs to be unrolled from it's package to it can fluff out, but I have not yet bought any backing or binding, and I don't know what to pick out for it.  I don't want to do another pieced thing for the back, I want a solid fabric, preferably something snuggly (it's going to be a lap/crib-sized quilt, and I like snuggly).  The top is a nine-patch style in black, white and orange.  I don't think I want to do fleece as it gets all pilly when you wash it (and I have two kids so everything has to get washed pretty frequently).  What would you use as backing and binding?  Would you do the backing black, orange, or some other color entirely?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Simple summer dress *first post* on: July 30, 2007 04:08:22 PM
This was a really simple dress, tho I screwed it up twice (what do you mean I can't sew the dress and the lining together at the top and do it like a tank top?).  The fabric is the Goldfish to Go print from Heather Ross, and the straps are from some ribbon I had handy.  It's lined using one of my husband's discarded undershirts.  It's a little too roomy at the top, but I'm hoping that means it will still fit next summer (and if I'm lucky, the one after).

Oh, and my lovely model wouldn't stand still, something about 13 month olds not needing to stand still unless they're asleep...

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