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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Have you seen an Azalea pattern for young girls? on: May 15, 2008 12:11:39 PM
I love Burdastyle's Azalea dress.  It looks a lot like a dress one of the designers made on last season's Project Runway.  Here it is:
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/33 
I have seen this style of dress in many places and really like it.  I could never wear it myself because of my large chest, but I have an almost 10 year old that I think would love it.  The problem is, I can't find this pattern in young girl sizes.  I suppose I could try to wing it since it has very few pieces, but I'd rather get a pattern for $1 at one of the pattern sales and take the guesswork out of the project.   Smiley  I found a couple that might work: 
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5650.htm?tab=girls_boys_7_16_girls_plus&page=1
http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=2983
http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=2983
I realize that none of those have an underskirt, but that's easily remedied.  Do you think any of these would work to replicate the Azalea?  I think that #2 probably comes the closest, but I'd need to see it in real life and I've only looked online so far.  Am I making this pattern too difficult in my head?  I suppose I'm most concerned about the yoke of the dress.  The gathered skirt should just be a big rectangle, so that shouldn't be that hard...  Okay, I seem to be rambling now.  I'd appreciate any incite anyone might have in the making of this dress.

Thanks in advance.


12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My nod to Cheytown- babydoll tops for my girls **Now with action shots** on: February 27, 2008 08:13:36 AM
THANK YOU, CHEYTOWN!  I was blown away when I saw your idea for turning a button-down shirt into a dress for a little girl.  My two oldest are a little too tall for me to be able to make them dresses from a shirt, so I thought I'd try to make tops instead.  The construction was the same as your tutorial, though I varied the straps a little.  My youngest had to have a top too, so I did one for her as well.  With 3 girls in the house, we're overrun with dresses anyway.  :-)  Thanks again for the original idea, and thanks to the rest of you who have tried it and given me more inspiration. 

The kids are home, so here are some action shots: 
 











13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / More beloved McCall's 3979 aprons on: February 25, 2008 12:08:04 PM
I saw the first picture of these in an apron swap here on Craftster.  I knew right then that I HAD to have this pattern.  I ended up making one for my SIL, one for an ex-neighbor, and 3 for my little girls.  I had a real learning curve with the bias tape at first, but I think I finally got it down by the 5th one.  :-)  I just joined this MB a couple of days ago (though a long-time lurker) and this is my first attempt to post pics, so we'll see how it goes.  The first is some vintage cherry fabric I found at Joann's.

This one is made from a sheet I picked up at a thrift store a couple of years ago.  I LOVE this fabric.

This is my attempt to do smaller aprons for my girls.  After spending a lot of time cutting the pattern down for my oldest, I didn't want to repeat that for my other two.  I ended up cutting out a panel for each of the smaller girls to make the apron shorter.  The last one is missing a lot of the character of the original pattern, so I might do it differently next time. 

14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / KTLady or anyone else that has made the "Redondo", I have a question on: February 24, 2008 03:44:16 PM
I just bought the "Redondo" pattern after drooling over all of your beautiful skirts.  I have a question about the fabric, though.  If I have only 2 fabrics to combine (A and B), then how do I do that without having two of the same fabrics together?  Am I right in thinking you would sew them together A,B,A,B,A and that would make your first A and last A sewn together?  Is everyone just adding a 6th spiral so that you don't have that problem?  What do I do?  I'm just not seeing a solution.  I would love to pick several fabrics for each skirt I'm hoping to make, but I'm terrible at combining fabric patterns.  I'm doing well just to find two that I think work together.  Any suggestions? 
Thanks in advance!
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