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1  Vintage Wool Suit Pic Heavy in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by pixidance on: March 22, 2014 10:00:54 AM
I bought a vintage 40's pattern off of etsy about a year ago and I pulled it out and it was completely foreign to me.  The pattern was full of holes and there hardly any markings.  A far cry from today's patterns.  Feeling defeated, I stuffed it back in the envelope and walked away (but I bought yards of wool plaid for it first)



Then, I had a challenge.  Project Run and Play's sew along had "Mad for Plaid" week and it was just the kick I needed to finally decipher the pattern.  So, scissors in hand, I started along a trip that took several days and many muslins, but I succeeded with a lot of help from my Aunt who helped me understand what the holes in the pattern meant.  It seems they were for matching up pieces a lot like we use x on patterns today.



See!  HOLES!

So, what I loved about this pattern was that it didn't spare any little details simply because it was a child's garment.  There are darts in the jacket, elbow pleats, a full lining and beautiful construction (if a better seamstress had sew it, that is.)  There are even instructions for how to make and insert shoulder pads.  Tiny little size 2T shoulder pads.  I love it!



So, here it!







It's a jacket, little hat and jumper.  THe jumper has completely removable straps which I love.  As she gets too tall for it, she can wear it as a skirt Smiley







I made the blouse too Smiley

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2  Some Adventure Time Play Costumes! LOTS of photos! HUGE! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by pixidance on: September 17, 2013 12:58:55 PM
My daughter loves Adventure Time.  She watches our two videos non stop until I turn them off.  Last spring, she asked if I could make her a Finn hat after seeing one at the store.  This started a crafting spiral which led to the drafting and construction of green backpack and a lot of hollering while trying to resize a hat pattern I found online.  Of course, she also needed an epic sword, because what is Finn without his sword?

Here is the tiniest Finn in all her tiny glory


Littlest Cosplay by pixidance, on Flickr


Littlest Cosplay by pixidance, on Flickr


Littlest Cosplay by pixidance, on Flickr


The hat is white fleece.  I couldn't find the right colors for her backpack so I used wonder under to fuse the green broadcloths to white twill so that her backpack would be sturdier.  It has a button flap, but I really wish I'd just sewn a button on the front for looks and put a zipper in the top.  The whole thing keeps flopping open, but it's good enough to haul around her fairies and a couple of coloring books.

Her shirt was purchased at Hobby Lobby and the sword is a combination of foam core board, cardboard tubes, styrofoam balls, mod podge, elmers glue and craft paint.  I had the most fun making the sword Cheesy  It's nice and light so that she can swing it around easily but it still gives a nice oversized look Smiley

Now, onto Princess Bubblegum!

Her dress is a pattern I"ve made several times before.  I made an Alice in Wonderland dress and a Rapunzel dress.  It's a perfect princess dress because of the enormous poofy sleeves Smiley  Her crown is felt sewn onto extra stiff interfacing with craft wire up the front to help the crown stand up (it kept flopping over otherwise)  I made a tiny peppermint butler to go along with it since every Princess needs her butler.  He's just a two dimensional felt plush.  I used the pattern from this great instructable!http://www.instructables.com/id/Peppermint-Butler-Candy-Bag/


Princess Bubbleum by pixidance, on Flickr


Princess Bubbleum by pixidance, on Flickr

Princess Bubbleum by pixidance, on Flickr


Princess Bubbleum by pixidance, on Flickr
I am seriously in love with this guy!


Princess Bubbleum by pixidance, on Flickr
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3  A couple of fall outfits in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by pixidance on: August 29, 2013 01:22:37 PM
I love sewing for my daughter.  I started when she was really small and had a lot of mishaps along the way,but I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of it Smiley


Tinny Dress Flip by pixidance, on Flickr

I've been in love with this fabric for a while and I finally found a pattern to use it on Smiley


Vintage Dress by pixidance, on Flickr

My first try at a vintage pattern.  I made the collar detachable so that she could wear it with or without.


Vintage Dress by pixidance, on Flickr

I also made the petticoat that she is wearing under it.  


Oliver + S Roller Skate Flip by pixidance, on Flickr

The top is Oliver and S's rollerskate dressed sized down about 3 sizes and with the neckline modified.  The pants are from violettefieldthreads.

More on my blog
http://daisiesanddresses.blogspot.com/2013/07/i-worked-with-my-first-vintage-pattern.html

Thanks for looking Smiley
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4  what do you suppose the side panels look like? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by pixidance on: August 14, 2012 06:23:35 PM


Ok, I have the front panel shape figured out and cut to size so that I can start putting on the lace.  I have a pattern for the sleeves, but what do you suppose the side panels look like?  Or do you think the whole thing is just three pieces?  The front hourglass and then two sides that button in the back?

I've never seen the pattern pieces for a victorian baby dress so I can only make guesses.

ETA a couple more photos of different dresses



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5  dress construction question in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by pixidance on: February 27, 2012 09:39:30 PM


If I were to make this overdress, what shape would the skirt be?  It looks like a half circle that is bigger that is gathered.  I'm puzzling over how big to make the diameter of this circle to allow for enough gathering at the waist but  still have it hang nicely.  If my waist is 20 inches, do you think that having a diameter of 30 is enough or should I double it?  I don't want it to balloon out too much, so I'm worried if I double it then it won't fall nicely but will end up looking like a lampshade instead.
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6  Little Alice in Halloween Costumes by pixidance on: November 08, 2011 10:10:46 PM
Bridgette's favorite movie in the whole world is Disney's Alice in Wonderland, so it seemed right to make her an Alice costume for Halloween.  I know I finished it early, but I still have a Mad Hatter to make and 2 other, as yet unspecified costumes for my older boys.

I also made a heavy black corduroy cape lined in black and white harlequin minky to wear with this so that she'd be warm trick or treating.  Unfortunately, she's not feeling well enough to model Sad  I also made a red rose brooch and a bracelet with red rose and mushroom beads.

I used the precious dress  pattern from youcanmakethis.com and modified the skirt and made my own pinafore.  The petticoat uses the bodice from the same pattern (I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and make my muslin into the petticoat) and the rest of the petticoat is made up as I went along.  In total, including the $10 fee for the pattern download, the outfit cost me $18.


Alice 1 by pixidance, on Flickr


alice 2 by pixidance, on Flickr


alice 3 by pixidance, on Flickr


alice 5 by pixidance, on Flickr
I used velcro on the closure since I seem to have lost my buttonhole foot.


alice 6 by pixidance, on Flickr
Tiny little puffed sleeves.  My first sleeves ever Cheesy


In a World of my Own by pixidance, on Flickr
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7  Looking for toddler wrap dress in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by pixidance on: November 05, 2011 08:16:32 PM
I'm hoping to make something similar to this


So, I'm looking for a wrap front dress with real sleeves.  I can modify the length and shape of the sleeve on the pattern, but I need a wrap front and actual sleeves.  A lot of the patterns I've found are short sleeved and don't have set in sleeves, but the bodice and sleeve are all one piece.  So, if you can post links to patterns, preferably free or a download, but a paper pattern could work for me too.

Thanks!
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8  Alice in Wonderland *pic heavy* in Halloween Costumes by pixidance on: September 23, 2011 03:02:00 PM
Bridgette's favorite movie in the whole world is Disney's Alice in Wonderland, so it seemed right to make her an Alice costume for Halloween.  I know I finished it early, but I still have a Mad Hatter to make and 2 other, as yet unspecified costumes for my older boys.

I plan on also making a cape lined in black and white harlequin minky with a big red rose brooch so that she doesn't have to cover up with a winter coat when we go trick or treating.  So here's my sweet little 2 year old Alice Smiley

I used the precious dress  pattern from youcanmakethis.com and modified the skirt and made my own pinafore.  The petticoat uses the bodice from the same pattern (I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and make my muslin into the petticoat) and the rest of the petticoat is made up as I went along.  In total, including the $10 fee for the pattern download, the outfit cost me $18.


Alice 1 by pixidance, on Flickr


alice 2 by pixidance, on Flickr


alice 3 by pixidance, on Flickr


alice 5 by pixidance, on Flickr
I used velcro on the closure since I seem to have lost my buttonhole foot.


alice 6 by pixidance, on Flickr
Tiny little puffed sleeves.  My first sleeves ever Cheesy


In a World of my Own by pixidance, on Flickr
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9  Girlie twirly skirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by pixidance on: August 24, 2011 09:07:08 PM
I made my first foray into spoonflower and now I'm addicted!

This is made from a  fat quarter.  I just squared it up, cut it into two rectangle and sewed it together.  Then I gathered at the top and sewed it to a brown knit waistband and threaded the elastic through.  It has a wide hem that I can let down as she grows and a good 1.5 inches of elastic that I can let out of the waist band.  I'm sure she will be able to wear this skirt until she's 4!

This is made from spoonflower's organic sateen and it's gorgeous!  It was very nice to work with too.  I'm going to have to order some more and make a whole dress Smiley


Home made girlie skirt by pixidance, on Flickr


She likes how twirly it is by pixidance, on Flickr

She liked how twirly it was Smiley

and here you can see the knit waist band.


I have a few more ideas for skirts in the works, but I should really work on her halloween costume first.  These quick projects are just so tempting!
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10  pinafore construction in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by pixidance on: August 01, 2011 10:16:46 AM
I'm planning on making an Alice costume for my 2 year old for Halloween.  I'm having a hard time visualizing how the pinafore is constructed in the back.  Her hair covers it the entire film and all of the pictures I see of pinafores are from the front.  Does anyone have a pattern that can tell me what the back looks like?  Does it go all the way to the waist in the back or is it more like an apron?

This is what I have in mind


and here is Alice

I can see that it is wide at the shoulders and seems to go down the back...maybe?

So, any ideas?  Thanks for your help!
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