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41  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mod Christmas Dress on: December 01, 2007 07:20:24 PM
I love this Alexander Henry holiday fabric -- we have a department holiday party on Friday, so I decided to make something cute using it...ta da!!





Do you think I should add an applique to the top? Maybe one of the doves? or the mistletoe? or just leave it? I can't decide.  Undecided Also, the second pic suggests it's poochy in the back, it's not...just unbuttoned and a less-than-cooperative model.

The dress was super easy, made during her nap today! I'm pretty happy with how it looks, and will definitely make more of these with different fabrics. Using thrift store shirts makes them less than $5 each! Smiley

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42  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / holiday recon jeans and skirt on: November 21, 2007 08:12:34 PM
Little Miss had a pair of too-short jeans, I just happened to have some uber cute fabric - after a few minutes of hemming and sewing -- New jeans for the babe:



Added a little applique (my first  Cool):




I was so stoked about how well they turned out, that I added a little something to the hem of a very plain denim ON skirt:

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We asked her: "what does a turkey say" -- her answer: "boggle boggle"   Grin



So, these were very simple, but great for starting out and getting over that "what if I screw it up" way of thinking....who? me??

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43  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Question about sewing diferent fabrics on: November 19, 2007 08:07:36 PM
When sewing two different fabrics together, which needle do you use?

For example, stitching woven cotton ruffles to a knit fabric, would you use a ball point needle? If so, does the knit fabric go on top?

What about a heavier fabric (denim jeans) and a lighter fabric (ribbons)? Use the denim needle? Will that damage the lighter fabrics?

These questions (and more  Wink) are based on using a regular sewing machine. I have no idea about serger needle use (but a serger is definitely on my holiday wish list!).

Thanks for any suggestions/discussion!

QB
44  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / simple skirt from Ottobre pattern on: November 14, 2007 09:43:28 AM
I made this skirt last week. It was pretty easy, and came together pretty well considering my lack of experience (1) sewing clothes, and (2) following euro pattern instructions.

The fabric was purchased on our recent UK adventure -- it's really cool needlecord. Love the colors and the pattern of it; have plenty left to make a bag for me, too!





and one more just because I think she's adorable.... Cheesy



I really love the Ottobre mags...great inspiration, but quite a bit of it's stuff that my tyke probably wouldn't wear (mostly because I probably wouldn't make/buy it  Roll Eyes ). This skirt was simple, looks great and can be made pretty quickly. If I'd known what I was doing, probably could have finished it in an hour or so....I will be making more of them, so hopefully will get better and faster.

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45  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / chocolate and orange autumn dress on: October 28, 2007 08:34:55 PM
Last week I made this (and another) jumper/dress for my 20 month old. She finally got to wear it today and we even remembered to take photos!  It was a gorgeous day, lots of sunshine and shadows. (We just seeded our back yard, so my husband will appreciate it if you notice the lush green lawn.  Cheesy )





I didn't use a pattern, just drew the general shape on muslin, then started cutting into the beautiful embroidered babywale cord. It also has a chocolate brown lining.

I measured one of her dresses for the length, then added the orange trim on the bottom, so it's now a bit long. 

This is only the second dress I've made for her -- but I am ridiculously proud of how well this turned out. The other jumper is cute, but not as cute as this one.

46  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Loot Bags - Lotsa Pix on: October 15, 2007 02:28:38 PM
I had a lot of fun experimenting with different bag types for these Trick or Treat bags.

A couple are quilted, with batting and everything!








A couple are variations on my old standby twisted shopping bag:




These were just "hey, I wonder if this would work" surprises:







All very simple and lots of fun to make. Plus, they're washable and reusable -- one of them is currently in use as a school bag for my tot! I'll probably give away some to neighbor kids, since, really, who needs *six* trick or treat bags?!  Shocked


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47  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Halloween dress on: October 14, 2007 08:06:11 PM
There is so much inspiration on craftster and so many wonderful ideas! My tyke is 19 months old, and this is the first clothing I've made for her, just this weekend:








on daddy's lap, checking out the craftster website:




This was made without a pattern. Just cut out pieces for the top, then strips for the skirt. Added a strip around the bottom as a 'slip' and, ta da! Also the first button holes I've ever done "properly" -- yay me!  Roll Eyes

Thanks to vegbee for the awesome tutes, especially the one about clear elastic tape.  It was super helpful and is the only reason I even attempted the skirt. Gatherings scare me (he he). Still need practice, but now I'm not afraid to try.

I can't make the photos larger here, but you can click on them and get a bigger view.

Any suggestions, comments and criticisms welcome.

QB
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