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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Polly Goes To Paris Baby Quilt on: January 09, 2011 05:24:13 PM
I decided to make my own crib set for my baby girl on the way, using fabrics from the "Polly Goes To Paris" collection by Henry Glass. It was out of print when I got my heart set on it, and it took me about 4 months, countless hours, and tons of contacts to track down all the prints. The main fabric was so hard to find, it would take me a whole page just to tell the story, but I got it!

Anyways, I made the quilt using squares of the Polly cotton, minky dot squares, and vintage chenille squares (bought from this etsy seller: http://www.etsy.com/shop/teelady). The back is a darker pink minky dot fabric (sorry, forgot a pic) and I just used store bought black binding. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard to sew three different types of fabric together, but I made it work with a lot of pinning and patience, and it turned out pretty nice.

I also made bumpers and a crib skirt and a memo board, which I pictured. I busted all of it out in about 2 days, so I'm tired but relieved! Now I can relax and wait for the baby to come.

The finished quilt

The whole setup

Crib set with matching memo board

Close up of the bumper

Close up of the crib skirt

Close up of the quilt main fabric
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first onesie dress! on: January 07, 2011 10:56:42 AM
So I have been more focused on making clothing from scratch, but I saw this onesie and knew of the perfect fabric to make a skirt for it. Instead of just doing gathers, I was inspired by this:

I spent quite a while getting the pleats just right, pinned and sewed (I just used a flat piece for the back; too much work!), and then sewed the skirt onto the onesie. I love it!

13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Simple A-Line Dress #2 on: January 06, 2011 11:30:35 PM
I posted a week or two ago that I made a pattern for a simple a-line dress, really only one pattern piece. I have a bunch of fancy cottons and I want to make shirts to pair with these plain jumpers, so I bought several different types of solid color cord, and this is my second dress.

This one I made in a heavy cordurory, and lined with plain cotton. I sewed up the two sides of the cord pieces and then the sides of cotton lining pieces. Put one inside the other, right faces together, sewed the lining to the dress around the arms, straps and collar, leaving the bottom hem open so I could turn it inside out. Folded up the cord 1/2" and hemmed, and folded up the cotton a bit further, and then did a blind hem by hand.

This was my first time putting machine button holes on a garment, despite having been sewing clothing on a machine for nearly 10 years. My machine did mess up the holes a few times, but I carefully tore them out and got it right. Now that I know what my machine needs me to do to make buttonholes work, I will be trying them more in the future.

Questions and comments welcome!

The finished product

Cute little pink buttons, I stacked two together

Fully lined

My sketchy blind hem Tongue

14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My Very First Pattern: Simple A-Line Baby Jumper on: December 29, 2010 10:20:26 PM
I got a bunch of cute cotton fabrics at the store today, and I have a stack of others in my sewing room, and I want to make them into simple peasant shirts and mix and match them with skirts or jumpers for my baby girl on the way. I could not find a pattern I liked for a jumper, so I finally decided to make my own pattern for something. I have just winged it before, but never made a paper pattern that I could use multiple times.

I did a lot of googling, looked up a baby measurement chart (http://www.fibergypsy.com/common/children.shtml) and found a dress in the closet that had a very basic shape I could use for reference. I started measuring and drawing on a piece of paper, comparing every so often with my reference dress (which I'm glad for, because the arm straps would have been way too long or short if I hadn't), and finally cutting and sewing it all up.

There was a lot of swearing and a few adjustments, but the end product was just what I wanted. Now I have a simple pattern that I can embellish a million different ways!

Here is a peasant top I made using this AWESOME tutorial, which I plan to use to make the coordinating tops for this jumper:

15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cookies and Milk Pajamas - Simplicity 3584 on: December 23, 2010 07:47:05 PM
I found this fabric on sale at Joann's, and it was the end of the bolt, so I got about a yard and a half for $2.50. I had juuuuust enough to get a full set of pajamas for my son, who is a size 3. I used Simplicity 3584, and I used snaps instead of buttons because my machine hates buttonholes. I messed up on the plackets (by messed up, I mean folded the facing in too far and there were no plackets) so I had to lower the snaps so that the collar didn't overlap visibly when the shirt was buttoned. It ended up looking ok. I also didn't measure the hem, so the left and right sides don't line up, but he is 2; who will notice? I think it turned out ok, and the whole set took me maybe 3 hours. Camp shirts are not for beginners, but I think anyone with moderate sewing experience could tackle this.

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cherries and Gingham Pillowcase Top and Bloomers on: December 23, 2010 10:09:45 AM
I have been buying quarter yards of cute fabric here and there to make baby clothes, and I wanted to use these two so I can have an excuse to buy more Tongue

I made the bloomers using Rae's basic newborn pant pattern:

but I took most of the legs off and added a cuff with elastic.

For the top, I read through a tutorial on how to make a pillowcase top, but I really just eyed everything and didn't measure. Hopefully it will fit the baby come summer time, I would put this at about 6 months.

The fabric is one of many cute cherry prints at the local quilt shop, now I can go back and buy another Cheesy

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flaming Mohawk Hat on: December 17, 2010 05:42:20 PM
I made this fleece hat up for my dad for Christmas. The body is polar fleece, and the mohawk is really thin, cheap fleece from walmart. I made a muslin of the hat to fit my husband, since they have about the same head size, then made it up out of fleece, and left an opening for the flames. Each row of flames is made up of two pieces so they stand up better, and there are 5 rows (orange, red, yellow, red, orange), so 5x2=10, plus two layers for either side of the hat, so 12 layers of fleece! My machine actually sewed through them all, until I pulled too hard and bent the needle. I finished sewing with 3 ply embroidery floss, which worked fine. Hope he likes it...

18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boy's Hipster Ska Pants on: December 16, 2010 05:06:48 PM
I have been working on making clothes without patterns lately, because I can't afford all the patterns I want. It is so hard to make things for little boys, so I have been trying to get creative with clothing for my son.

I found this awesome woven fabric at a local quilt shop, I believe it is a lightweight wool/poly blend. I thought it would make a cute pair of skinny pants, so I used a pair of pants that were a bit too big for him to draft the pants, making them skinnier in the legs and altering the front to be flat. I did cuffs on the bottom, patch pockets on the front, and added a waistband that closes with a hook and eye. I put the zipper in the back just to make them kind of different, and I left it showing. I am not good with zippers, so it ended up puffing out, but it works perfectly with his diaper butt. I also added 2 1/2" strips of elastic to each side to make the waist fit better.

They ended up a size too big, which is just fine by me. Once he gains a bit they will be perfect. I also made the legs a little long so that they can bunch up at the bottom, which I think looks cute. This is the first time I have done any embellished pants, and without an elastic waistband, so I'm pretty pleased. Comments welcome!

He would only wear them if he got a cookie, so I could only snap off one quick picture...

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Fleece Jammies on: December 15, 2010 04:09:12 PM
I whipped this oufit up in about half an hour, no pattern. I did a rough draft on the pants using another pair that currently fits my son, and I just made the shirt from scratch and hoped it would fit. They aren't perfect, and they couldnt be a size bigger, but I think he still likes them...There are some patterns out there for simple fleece outfits, and they are so quick and cheap to make. I made him fleece pants and a jacket when he was about 10 months old, and he is 25 months and still wearing them!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Homemade Maternity Christmas Party Dress! on: December 08, 2010 04:58:53 PM
So I have a Christmas party to go to in a few days, and my only maternity dresses are really summery (you can't really tell in the pic, but I'm 6 months pregnant), so I remembered this awesome zebra flocked taffeta I got for $1 a yard a while back, and thought this would be a great way to use it. I didn't have a dress pattern, so I VERY loosely based it on a vintage maternity shirt pattern, but I altered the length, width, darting, collar, sleeves, etc...so it was pretty much made from scratch. The great part is that it didn't require a zipper, buttons or anything. I can pull it over my head, and with the back darts and the detatched tie I added at the waist, it becomes form fitting. I am super proud that this turned out so well, I can't wait to wear it!

EDIT: I have an action shot! I threw on my little black shrug from Target. The funny thing is that my entire outfit cost $1.79 for a package of binding...I had two packages already, the fabric, pattern, shoes, slip, shrug, etc. My husband's outfit? About $85. I love being crafty...

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