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301  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing for older boys? on: February 21, 2008 12:36:00 PM
Yes!!!  Never thought of that.  Thank you!

Ok, more ideas people!!!  LOL
302  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help for inspiration! on: February 21, 2008 12:32:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jlXqkwaqTM

This gives you a mini gathering lesson.  You can see what it looks like, how it's done, etc. 
303  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to sew different sizes on: February 21, 2008 12:05:17 PM
I actually just bought something called Swedish Tracing Paper.  It comes in a 10 yard roll and it's 29 inches wide and you use it to trace out your patterns.  Apparently it's so sturdy you can even wash it!   I paid $13 (w/ shipping) for the roll but I personally feel it will more than pay for itself when I don't have to go out and buy a second and third pattern to get a different size out of it.  My girls are size 10, 6/7 and 3/4.  So I need several different sizes out of each pattern.
304  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help for inspiration! on: February 21, 2008 11:56:27 AM
well I don't have a sewing machine so I do all my sewing by hand and I couldn't figure out where the elastic came in to play and I was looking at another tute trying to figure out the bodice thing and I just couldn't figure out how to sew them together seeing as how the bottom of the bodice is straight and the skirt was circular in the middle. I don't know I just can't seem to grasp it! I guess it's just me! Sad

From what I understood of her tut, she used the elastic as a way of gathering it instead of gathering using the normal method.  You don't have to do it her way if you don't want to.  Personally, I don't hate gathering so for me it wouldn't be a big deal to gather it with thread instead of elastic. 

To attach the bodice to the skirt, you gather the first layer of the skirt until it is the same exact width/measurement around as the bodice.   You move the gathers around so that it looks even all the way around (think of a curtain on a rod...you fiddle w/ the gathering so it isn't bunched in one section and flat in another), then you put the skirt and bodice, right sides together, match up the side seams (that is where I start first) and then pin it all into place.  Then you just sew the skirt onto the bodice.  The next layer you gather up enough to match the bottom of the first layer, match up side seams, pin into place, sew.  You do the same w/ each layer until you are happy w/ the length.  Then you hem and you are done!!

I hope this makes sense. 
305  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Sewing for older boys? on: February 21, 2008 11:45:06 AM
I have 4 kids.  My oldest is my only son.  He's 12 now.  Having 3 girls means I have tons and tons and endless amounts of sewing I can do for them.  But I feel like my son is left out.  I've seen adorable outfits made for little boys, toddlers and pre-k boys.  But not for middle-school aged boys.  Can anyone give me any idea of what I could make for him that would embarrass him to death?  The only thing I can think of is pj pants.   I hate that he is left out but I am stumped.....

Thanks!!!

Mandi
306  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Wild strawberry on: February 21, 2008 10:40:53 AM
This is really cute.  Especially love the strawberry fabric. 
307  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New fancy dress for my daughter! on: February 21, 2008 10:27:02 AM
wonderful job! this dress is just lovely.
My daughter loves polka-dots and purple. I was thinking that maybe you could add one of these fabric flowers to the bodice, what do you think?
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228519.0


Thank you!  I looooove those flowers!!  They are awesome.  But....for the purpose of this dress...not quite right.  This dress is too formalish (is that a word?  It is now!) for those flowers.  But!!  I would totally use them on another dress.  They are really cool.
308  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 190 patches & 16 different fabrics = 2 dresses on: February 20, 2008 09:57:56 PM
These are soo cool.  You know, I have a huge stack of 4x4" squares that I cut years and years ago.  Never did make the quilt I was planning on.  I think they have just been designated for clothing now. 

You did a really nice job with these.  The girls are going to love them.  Nothing is better than twirly dresses at that age!!  Smiley
309  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I made by brothers shirt into a dress for his daugther on: February 20, 2008 09:45:52 PM
It's beautiful.  I looove the colors and the E on the front?  Perfect!!  You did a really good job.
310  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New fancy dress for my daughter! on: February 20, 2008 09:41:49 PM
Thanks ladies! Cheesy



I just wanted to say that it's not actually brown.  The camera did nothing for capturing the true color.  It's actually purple.  Kind of a dark lilac.   I think next time I'll take a pic against something white instead of off white.  It may help keep the color tones more accurate. 

Anyway.  Thanks for the compliments.  I am proud of myself.  In person it does look kind of store bought.  As long as you don't look too closely.  LOL
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