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51  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with sleeve for Simplicity 3860 on: March 29, 2008 09:05:03 PM
My dd has the same dress code (no bare shoulders) and this is what has saved me: Handkerchief sleeves. They are pretty much a triangle, which makes it easy to stick onto everything Tongue

Measure the circumference of the armholes. This is the base of your triangle. The height depends on how pointy and long you want the sleeves to be. If you don't want pointy (if, for example, it REALLY doesn't go with the dress) make a shorter triangle and round out the top point. If you make it short and round enough, you actually make the common cap sleeve!

Hope this helps!
52  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: suggstions for recon project for 6 YO boy? on: March 29, 2008 06:28:33 PM
I can relate to your dilemma - my little girl is such a tomboy. Here are some of the things I do for her (that would definitely apply to a little boy):

Easier thing ever - add fooler sleeves to a plain tee. Make some sleeves from an all-over print he loves (or take the sleeves from an older, long-sleeved shirt that's too small for him now, but he couldn't get enough of at the time - he's gotta have one Smiley ), and attach them under the stitch-line of a plain or coordinating T-shirt.

Old sweaters can be chopped, serged, and become a wicked cool sweater vest for wearing over t-shirts and such. Same with an old-school style sweatshirt, only stitch so the raw edges are on the right (out)side.

Custom cargo pockets on all of his pants. You can never have too many pockets.

Old plaid shirts of Dad's can become plaid shorts (depending on how big Dad and boy are)

... hmmm... Off the top of my head, that's all I can come up with right now.
53  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Suggestions for punk dress for 2 yr old on: March 29, 2008 06:14:57 PM
Black and white checkered accents will seal the deal, I assure you. (I manage a young adult's clothing store, and I swear, there is nothing that won't sell if it has checks on it)

two patch pockets in front, just below the waist-line, is another trend easily applied to younger kids clothing.

a hint of neon green will do it too. (just a hint, not much - buttons, maybe?)

Best yet, combine all three! Smiley

... I think my dd is going to get a new sundress out of this post...
54  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dragon Costume? on: March 29, 2008 06:09:06 PM
My dd went as a dragon last Halloween, and what really made her costume was the belly I made.

I had some scaly material kicking around in my stash, cut strips, sewed them together to make a segmented-looking breastplate. Halter straps can be hidden under the hood, and straps around the bottom of the back can be tucked into pants. Also makes dress-up wicked fun, as it's pretty much one-size-fits-all Smiley
55  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: That Needs A Cozy Challenge on: March 27, 2008 05:43:56 PM
This would be a great challenge.

And, hopefully, we'll see some cozies made out of materials other than yarn/cloth.

*starts imagining crazy cozies*
56  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Escher's underwear on: March 23, 2008 02:12:58 PM
How fitting that my first post is in Stitch and Botch.

So, I'm making my dd some Good-Nites-like underwear. Ok, trying to make underwear. After a day and a half working on these things, I end up with what looks like underwear designed by M.C. Escher.

My dw bought me my first serger for Xmas. Thank goodness it came threaded and ready to go, otherwise I doubt I would have even tried to figure it out yet. Anywho, I'm trucking along, make the lining, and it all looked good. Make the cover, still looking good. Then a thread snapped. "Crap," I think, "how the hell do you rethread this thing?" Take apart my sewing corner to find the instructions, and an hour later (after yelling, "What do you MEAN, it doesn't come with a lower looper threader?!?!? What the hell IS a lower looper threader? AGH!" a few times) I've got it rethreaded.

Somehow in all the frustration, I completely forget how to put the pants together, and ended up doing this:




Yes, the lining is connected to the elastic casing, which is in turn connected to the cover, which sounds good in theory, until you take a closer look and realize that the crotch of the lining is in fact connected to the top of the leg hole of the cover.

*bangs head on wall* eventually, she WILL have wearable pants.

*UPDATE* She now has wearable pants. And is ecstatic. And will never repeat the words I was using as I worked on these.
57  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My daughter's Easter dress - my first dress without pattern or tute (pic hea on: March 17, 2008 07:34:16 PM
That dress is beautiful.
58  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Mom I Want to Craft Too - Sharing your kids crafts and craft ideas for kids on: March 13, 2008 05:55:29 PM
My dd was asking me the other day, "Dad, can I put something on your website too?" It would be awesome to have a board where I know her crafty efforts are going to be appreciated, especially since she is too young to have her own account here.
59  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: NINETEEN NEW EASTER HATCHLINGS on: March 13, 2008 05:46:19 PM
Omg, I now know what my family easter craft will be! My DD is going to love those!
60  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: plant joke tank (sponge and leaf print) on: March 13, 2008 05:35:21 PM
lol! Cute and sassy.

Much better than the *ahem* more common leaf print.
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