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11  Cinderella dress prototype in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: October 20, 2009 08:27:37 PM
My daughter has been promised a Cinderella dress for her 3rd birthday.  I thought it wise to make a prototype before cutting into my good fabric.  The sleeves and skirt will be much fuller, but it was the bodice I needed to get right anyway.



It turned out super cute!  If only it weren't so wide across the chest and back....  BUT, that's why I made a prototype!

More pictures and details on my blog.
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12  Ninja baby! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: October 16, 2009 08:48:01 PM
I've been sewing a lot lately...I've just been terrible about posting my creations here on Craftster, which is really sad since it's you crafty people that inspire me to do as much as I do.

I don't have time to go back and post the stuff I finished a while back, but here's one that was finished just today.

Baby #2 is supposed to be a boy...I suppose you never know for sure till the kid is born.  The patterns are from Ottobre 1/2009.  The ninja was requested by Hubby.





There are more details on my blog.


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13  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (August Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by christephi on: August 29, 2009 09:30:19 AM
I finally have pictures of my WIPs to share...

I really want an advent calendar to use every year, but I haven't been able to find one I like (or even a pattern I like), so I've been working on designing my own pattern.  Here's what I have so far:



It'll probably end up being made of fabric scraps...sort of applique quilting...  It'd be nice out of felt, but I don't want to spend the money for felt.


This is the recipe box I got on clearance that I want to fill up for my brother.  His girlfriend moved out and took all his recipes (including the highly coveted ones my grandma passed down!).




Two of my cousins have all boys -- three each!  Last year I made them crayon rolls and they were a big hit. This year I thought that instead of making a gift for each of them, I'd make something that is appropriate for a range of ages....one for each family.  I'm making medieval canopies based on this tutorial. I have the hula hoops and muslin, but I need to get some felt for the tops. (By-the-yard felt is on sale at JoAnn's this week!)




I want to give my mom four salt dough plaques to hang on the walls of her new house.  I'm making each with a tree depicting the four seasons.  So far I have all four circle bases done and two of the trees: winter and summer.  Spring and fall seem to be much more complex (blossoms, fruit, fallen leaves, etc.) so I haven't gotten around to them yet.  They're each a little smaller than my outspread hand.




And I'm *still* working on the play mat for my nephew (I actually have two cut out, so I'll probably do the second one for my own as-yet-unborn son).  I swear I'll finish it before Christmas!  I think I got a bit discouraged working on it 'cause I ran out of thread several times already (satin stitch takes a lot of thread!)  There's actually quite a bit more done than in this picture...I just haven't gotten around to taking a new picture yet.




I've been sewing my daughter's fall wardrobe so I won't have to worry about it once the baby comes. I'm nearly finished, and then I'll get back to Christmas crafting in earnest!
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14  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (July Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by christephi on: August 02, 2009 09:00:12 PM
Getting August off to a good start:



I was originally planning on a much more elaborate picture, but realized my woodburning skills just aren't up to par. This is far from perfect, but I think it's nice. After woodburning, I coffee stained and "waxed" it by rubbing it with waxed paper.

my stepsis - wood burned picture frame
mama - salt dough plaque
my brother - recipe book
nephew - play mat
sister - socks
hubby - ninja costume (he's been begging for one)
daughter - dress up clothes, bedding for her dolly bunkbed (an awesome garage sale find!), matching apron and tablecloth for her "kitchen"
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15  Looking for great boy's fabric in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by christephi on: July 23, 2009 07:44:25 AM
We found out yesterday that baby #2 is a boy!  Now I need to switch gears from super-girly to include boyish things. And I need your help!  Can you point me to the best boy's fabrics on the net?  I want stuff for clothes, blankets, toys, etc. Anything and everything BOY!

I'm also looking specifically for fabric to use in decorating the room DD (age 3 by the time the baby comes) and DS will be sharing. Right now it looks like this:




It's pretty much an empty slate.  I want to go with a "garden" theme so that there are ladybugs, flowers, butterflies, etc. for DD and turtles, frogs, ducks, etc. for DS.  I need some great fabric to give me a jumping off place!
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16  Re: Ottobre "Viola" pinafore dress (PICS) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: July 22, 2009 07:38:35 PM
I won third place at the county fair!



And since my other items won first and second...I'm thrilled!  Grin
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17  Re: The Catch Up Post including AWARD WINNING boy's button-up in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: July 22, 2009 07:36:08 PM

I guess this one deserved its own post...I entered it in the county fair and won second place!

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18  Re: Very Hungry Caterpillar halter dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: July 22, 2009 07:29:37 PM
On a bit of a whim, I entered this dress in our county fair.

I won first place! Squee!!!


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19  Ottobre "Viola" pinafore dress (PICS) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by christephi on: July 17, 2009 11:14:19 PM
My grandma heard that I reconstruct clothing, so she gave me a plaid skirt and jumper that she said were too nice to give to charity. I knew right away what I wanted to do with at least one of them and when I saw the Viola pinafore dress in this year's Fall edition of Ottobre, I knew I had found the pattern to do it with.


She's a cheese ball!

This is what it looked like before.

I really only used the two front panels. I didn't touch the bodice or the back of the skirt. I'll find another project for those parts!

More cuteness!


And by itself.


The buttons are from the original dress and I used some scraps of black twill I had left over for the straps and lining.

I cut out the smallest size (86), but that's way too big for my wee one, so I took in the girth about 2 inches and added 2 inches in length.

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20  Baby Squash Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by christephi on: July 14, 2009 10:11:47 AM
My mom gave me two large bins of yarn. It's mostly single skeins or even partial skeins of all variety of yarn (from Red Heart to yummy cotton silk blends).  So the last time I visited our local library, I picked up 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant. I *need* to buy this book.

Anyway, before the book is due back, I figured I'd better stop drooling over the items and actually knit something. So I whipped up this darling hat for my second child who's due in November. Don't know yet if it's a boy or a girl.

It took me 3 or 4 days knitting a half hour at a time before bed and during naptime. (I'm a slow knitter).

I used sport weight Brown Sheep wool that I'm certain was left over when my grandma closed her yarn shop 20+ years ago. It's very soft and will keep the new baby nice and warm!

Modeled by my daughter's dolly






The first two pictures show the true color more accurately. It's really more brown and less grey.

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