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41  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pants from scratch on: January 21, 2008 04:39:56 PM
My daughter is almost four and can still fit into a 24mos pair of pants.  Of course they are way too short!  All the pants that fit her length are way to big in the waist. So I have been forced to conquer my fear of making pants.  I had been putting this off until I could get a pattern, but it seemed that would never happen.  So I got to thinking and made a pattern based on her measurements.  I took a pair of pants that fit her well in the waist, folded them in half and traced the curve where the crotch is to get the right shape. I then drew out the pattern from there.  The first pair just does fit because I used the same pattern for front and back.  I put elastic only in the center of the back for that reason which was a pain.  On the second pair I made a new pattern piece for the back with a bigger waist and was able to put elastic across the whole back.  Anyway, here they are.

Made from an old pair of my capris:



Action shot!

The bottoms don't normally look so big as in the picture.

Made from fabric I found at the thrift store for $1 a yard!

Action shot!


Sorry so long.  Let me know what ya think!  Thanks for looking! Cheesy
42  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Onesies to tees on: December 29, 2007 08:25:38 AM
This was super simple.  I just cut the bottoms off the onsies and zig-zag stitched the edge.  I love the lettuce edge, it so simple and girly!  The bottoms wouldn't snap over my daughter's cloth diapers, but she's so slender she could still fit the chest part.  Problem solved.  Now I don't have to go buy new shirts.





Thanks for looking! Smiley
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted diaper cover on: December 29, 2007 08:18:13 AM
This is my first non-scarf knitting project.  It's a diaper cover for use with cloth diapers.  I found the pattern online and basically it's just a big triangle.  The corners are brought together and the sides are sewn together leaving an opening for the legs.  It's harder to explain than I thought, but I hope you get the idea from the pics.  I'm not crazy about how the seam came out near the bottom, but overall I'm pleased.  I used Patton's Classic Wool Merino that I got on sale at Joann's for like $3 or $4.  These covers are $25-$50 if bought pre-made.  It took a while to make up, but worth it for the money saved!  It has to be hand washed but only occasionally.  Between washings you're just supposed to air them out. 

Laying flat:

On baby:

Action shot:

Another action shot:


Thanks for looking!  All comments and questions welcome! Cheesy
44  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pocket Diapers! on: December 28, 2007 11:15:20 PM
It has taken forever to complete these diapers!  I have completed 8, and have 2 more in progress.  They are pocket diapers which means you stuff absorbent soakers inside them.  I used  the free Ottobre diaper pattern I found online, but had to alter it alot.  I used fleece for the outside, and the insides are either flannel or terrycloth I got from old baby towels at the thrift store.  I use small pre-fold diapers, old washcloths, or made from scraps soakers to stuff them.  So far I love them.  I was hesitant about the fleece, but it actually works better than the waterproof covers I'd been using.  They haven't even leaked at night.  I'm really happy with them.  Anyway, here they are:

action shot:

folded diaper:

opened outside:

opened inside:

I love this fabric. It's ironic. Rainbows, hearts, and then BAM skull!




All comments and questions welcomed.  Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans to long skirt on: November 17, 2007 09:47:28 AM
Hi everyone!  I bought some jeans at the thrift store for like $3.  They were one of only two pair in my size, and I was desperate for something to wear because I had just had a baby.  I hated the fit of these jeans though!  I tried everything to make them fit better, and when all failed, I knew I had to make a skirt.  I started out doing the basic jeans into skirt thing, and found that they wouldn't fit around me with the legs sewed together. Embarrassed  It's actually good though, because I got to thinking, and came up with a design I like MUCH better anyway. I had to use the legs from another pair of jeans for the front and back panels, and all the leg seams were ripped with a seam ripper and sewed back together with a zig-zag stitch.

On my ductape dress form:



Front:


Back:


Let me know what you think!  My husband thinks it's hideous, so some feedback (good or bad) would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks for looking!
46  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / totally reconstructed Halloween (kinda long and pic heavy) on: November 02, 2007 08:33:45 AM
This is the first year for my daughter to trick-or-treat, so I was sooo excited!  I asked back in August what she wanted to be so that I'd have time to make her costume.  I was expecting something really creative, like an exotic animal.  I wanted to be really creative, so you can imagine my disappointment when she said "I want to be a Princess!".  I procrastinated in hopes that she would change her mind, but she insisted.  This costume proved to be more trouble than I expected, however.  I was determined to only use what I had.  The dress was a woman's skirt, and the fabric was so slick it was almost impossible.  I made the earrings from some clip-ons I already had, and the bag was some old t-shirts.  My baby's headband is from the hem of one of the old t-shirts and some orange strips from another.
Anyway, here's the pics:





The bag




The earrings


The headband


I knew the straps would stretch on the bag, just not how much!  It was dragging the ground before we were done. 
Thanks for looking!  All comments and criticism welcome! 
47  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Curtain into dress on: October 30, 2007 10:00:59 AM
Hey everyone!  This is my first time posting a project and I'm not sure if I have the picture posting right, but here goes.

I had these curtains in my kitchen that I loved, but they were mismatched and I made some new ones.  I couldn't bear to get rid of them, so I did the Scarlet thing and made a dress for my daughter.

This was the curtain panel


Here is a close-up.  There is a sheer material on top with embroidered sunflowers.


And this is the dress


I still have to add some straps, but she can't wear it till next spring so I'll fit them to her then.  I'm also not too crazy about the ruffle at the top, I might change it.  She loves it though, so that's all that matters!  All comments are welcome!
48  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sticky @#$%^&* velcro! on: September 27, 2007 09:06:48 PM
I was making some cloth diapers today and the only velcro I had was the kind with the tape on the back.  I was finally motivated to make these diapers and didn't consider waiting till saturday to buy the kind I usually use.  Well, it turned out a disaster.  The machine would not sew through it because the glue stuff got the thread binded up, I had to replace my needle because it got so gooey, then resorted to hand sewing it on, and finally realized half way through that to put on a thimble!  Needless to say, the diapers didn't get sewn and my fingertips are raw.  I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem or knows how to sew through this velcro.  I was given a bunch (beginning to know why) and hate to waste it.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!
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