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1  Lots of dresses in one post in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by earthmonkey on: March 16, 2008 07:36:27 AM
Hello. I've been busy with work, kids etc so haven't visited Craftster much - there have been so many good posts it's going to take me ages to catch up!!

I made this tshirt dress for my niece in Malaysia. It's the top third of a regular t-shirt with a skirt in a printed cotton fabric sewn to it.

This next one is a modified Cheytown dress - also for my niece. This was reconstructed from a ladies cotton work shirt. As the shirt was plain, I added a printed panel to the bodice and used the same printed fabric for the sleeves and the ties at the back. This is the front of the dress.

And here is the back ...

This next one is a pink tshirt dress for my little DD. I found this amazing fabric at a local store - it's strips already pieced together!!

And here is an action shot of my DD in the pink tshirt dress ....

And my latest project is this shirred babydoll top - many thanks to Vegbee and Shakespear for their tutorials and inspirational work!! The shirring went better than I had hoped for. I'm working on my second shirred top now! Here is the front view ...

And the back view ...

And a final action pic ...

Thanks for looking.

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2  Funky bright PJs for my boy (with action shots!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by earthmonkey on: February 17, 2008 04:30:10 AM
Some time back, I saw this bright, super colourful fabric in one of the local stores. I bought a metre of the stuff not even thinking what I was going to make with it. My ds is really into animals and he saw it and decided that this was his fabric. I had been sewing wrap dresses and purses and more recently the shirt dress and he said When is it my turn to have stuff made for me?  How could I refuse?

I followed one of the easy pants tutorials and cut a couple of pieces of the fabric out to make the long shorts for him. I must have marked out the fabric wrong coz when I made the shorts up, they were WAY big! I had to cut a strip off and re-sew it to make them a bit smaller! They looked like a skort the first time round! LOL!! 

Here are the elasticated waist shorts

And I cheated by adding a pocket to this thrift-store bought navy tshirt.

He adores the set he wore the tshirt to bed last night (I needed to fix the shorts!) and the first thing he did this morning when he came downstairs was to strip off his other pj pants and put these shorts on straight away!  Here he is, proudly modelling his new pj set

And an action shot I think this might be the crane stance from the Karate Kid movie!

He likes this pants+tshirt set so much he reckons that itll be nice to wear as regular daytime clothing during the summer months. Now he wants me to find some Transformers fabric (dont tell him Ive already spotted some on eBay!!) and make him a set but with Transformers on them.

Thanks for looking.
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3  My first Cheytown shirt-dress!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by earthmonkey on: February 16, 2008 01:25:08 PM
This is my first reconstructed shirt dress for a kid / toddler following Cheytown's fabulous tutorial (many thanks Cheytown!!). This wee dress started life as a cream-coloured cotton women's button front work shirt donated to the cause by my best friend. I forgot to take a shot of the shirt prior to taking my scissors to it!!  Tongue

Following the tute, I hacked it up with my trusty scissors, used bits off the sleeves to make the cap straps and the back of the shirt became the front of this dress. Unlike the dress that Cheytown used, this shirt did not have a yoke. This made the front of the dress rather uninteresting. Here is the finished front .

So I added a piece of printed fabric from my stash to make the bodice more interesting effectively creating that second layer of fabric that a yoke would have provided. I added a bit of lace trimming to the top of the dress.

Here is the back of the little shirtdress - the front of the original shirt with the buttons has now become the back of the dress. I added the ties in the printed fabric to add a bit of interest to the back. I got a friend's little girl to try it on and it looked really nice on her. Tunic length - not dress length as the original shirt was not a long one and I had to work with the amount of fabric I had there.

I am really thrilled with this little dress. Sorry I dont have a proper model for this dress my dd is only 9 months old and itll be quite some time before she grows into this!! LOL!! This was a really fun project to do. Thanks again Cheytown! I have 5 6 plain coloured ladies button front work shirts to move onto now as my friend had a clear-out and gave me several shirts to use as experimental fodder! DH doesnt actually own very many shirts so I shall have to seek elsewhere for longer mens shirts to reconstruct.

Thanks for looking!
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4  I am a dinosaur - hear me roar! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by earthmonkey on: February 08, 2008 07:04:41 AM
My ds had to go in some kind of costume today for school. It's been book week all week at school and today they had to go dressed as a book character - the theme is magic. My ds is dino-mad and wanted to go as a dinosaur from the Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs book - he says that Harry's dinosaurs are magic so he can go as a dinosaur. Who am I to argue?

So at short notice, I threw this tunic thing together. Many many thanks to Vegbee for her scoodie tutorial (did the hood based on her tute) which helped immensely. I used one of ds's jackets , laid it on top of my drafting paper and drew a rough shape then used that to cut the fleece out. I am quite pleased with it - given it's a throw-together!

This is a very simple costume of sorts reconstructed from a brown pet blanket I found in a pound shop and some scraps of turquoise fleece I found in my scrap bag. I cut the fleece blanket in such a way so that the decorative hems for the blanket became the hems for the vest. I hate hemming! So no hemming for me on this one! Yay!!

Here are our action shots - ds was so taken by this tunic, he wore it all evening yesterday and wanted to wear it to bed too! It was the first thing he put on this morning!

I am a dinosaur - hear me roar ...

The back view ...

And from the side ...

He now wants a puppy tunic!
Best go shopping for some dalmation print fun fur this weekend then!

Have a lovely weekend all.
Thank you for looking.
Earthmonkey  Grin
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5  Re: My very first dress project - Anna dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by earthmonkey on: February 03, 2008 12:53:20 AM
Thank you all for your lovely positive comments!

Erika - the patchwork is printed on the fabric. I did so love the colours.

Vegbee - haha, you oughta see the awful hemming! I had to hem up quite a bit because the dress was pretty long. There's a fair amount of tucks and puckering going on behind the front!!

Norahkate - the flannel was on sale at a store I visited recently - it is lovely and soft.

QB - I'm going to try to add pockets to everything I make as dd likes her pacifier and I need a pocket to attach the pacifier ribbon clip to!

Finally managed some action shots this morning! Here is my 8 month old dd with her dress on. It looks a bit big on her but hey - growing room! Yay!!

Thank you all for your inspiring projects and many tutes. I'm off to get the kids ready for a morning out at the local garden center.
Have a great Sunday!
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6  My very first dress project - Anna dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by earthmonkey on: February 02, 2008 12:55:56 PM
Hello. This is my first post of a completed project ... it's actually my first ever dress project! My little girl is 8 months old and can't even crawl yet (she prefers rolling as the primary means of moving about in a room!!) but I was really taken by the Anna dress posted by Quiltersblock and wanted to try my hand at it. I was encouraged by the fact that this dress is simple and has no fiddly stuff like buttonholes and zips or sleeves or darts! I mostly sew wee pouches and the odd bag or two. Never made an item of clothing before! Hopefully, this little success will lead to more items being made!

I bought the Farbenmix pattern from an online store here in the UK and found it fairly easy to understand - even with my extremely limited sewing experience!

DD was not in the mood to do anything so I didn't push my luck and try to dress her in this for an action shot. My 5 year old DS refused point blank to assist as an alternative model! So I'm afraid I only have shots of the dress! Maybe if DD is in a better mood later, I might be able to get a shot of her in the dress and can update this topic later!

The one side is 100% cotton print and the other side is a cotton flannel. I am really pleased with how this turned out and am already planning to make a few more. I can now see why fellow Crafters have referred to this dress pattern as 'addictive'!!

Here is the first side ...

And then the back ...

Here is the flannel side as the front.

Thanks for looking!

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