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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The last 6 months of kids sewing - picture heavy on: May 13, 2011 07:28:18 AM
Thanks so much everyone! 

That Grinch picture was on the front of our Christmas Card last year, with a quote from the book on the inside.  I'm not sure how I will be able to top last year's card.  I had people telling me it was the best Christmas Card they had ever seen, which was a wonderful compliment.  Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fan Shirt Recon on: May 13, 2011 07:12:43 AM
I love the lines of the recon - great job!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tops n Skirts n Dresses, Oh My! A year's worth of work on: May 10, 2011 07:00:25 AM
Thanks so much everyone!

Eliea - those types of pockets are called cargo pockets and really aren't that hard to do.  You just have to go slowly and use lots of pins when you are attaching them to the garment. Smiley
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tops n Skirts n Dresses, Oh My! A year's worth of work on: May 09, 2011 11:40:54 AM
Since I just posted all the stuff I've sewn for my kids in the last 6 months, I thought I would post what I've made for me.  I think it's been about a year since I last posted what I've made for me.  Many of these are patterns I made - a few are modifications.  The orange shirt below - the sleeves and inset is my own fabric design that I got printed at spoonflower.  Let me know if you have any questions on the construction.











Just the skirt -





Shirt + skirt (made the skirt a few years ago, though)



Shirred dress - swimsuit cover up











SKirt only



Back of skirt  - didn't turn out so hot



Hard to see - it has a bunch of knit scraps sewn into the neckline and the front is completely lined



Dress - my own pattern





Traced off a RTW tank for this pattern -



Same tank, but with fabric I designed.  Got it printed at Spoonflower in organic cotton knit



Swimsuit



Thanks for looking!  Smiley
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The last 6 months of kids sewing - picture heavy on: May 07, 2011 06:51:05 AM
Thanks so much everyone!

Padester - I'm pretty lucky my son doesn't really care what I dress him in - he's pretty easy going right now.  I know it will come a time that he won't care to wear what I make him, either.

Shan-E-bear - here is the front of the dress:


front of stella dress by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

norahkate - I use patterns for some things (like the Christmas stuff) but I usually modify them to some degree.  For instance her Christmas nightgown was supposed to have a fake placket in the front and button in the back which was utter nonsense.  I changed it to a real placket in the front and no button in the back, as she can readily dress herself at this age and I'd prefer she do it.

I have a basic bodice block that I modify for many of her dresses.  My son's clothes are mostly Ottobre patterns, but the pants are heavily modified in the pockets.  For the pink/green dress, it is basically my tutorial I shared a few years back for a shirred sundress, but the front was different pieces of ruffled fabric sewn together.  It wasn't the easiest to put together due to the piping.  I based it off a dress I saw on Stella McCartneys kids clothes site.  Here is the original dress: http://www.stellamccartneykids.com/minnie-girls-smocked-strappy-dress-light-blue.htm?ProductId=720253267&FiltreCouleur=0061&SEL=0
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair--Dyed, Cut, or Styled by Yourself! on: May 06, 2011 12:02:26 PM
KaoticKrafter, thanks!  You know I used to have much longer hair and this is a good length.  My hair was past my waist and I could sit on it.  I donated 12 inches to LOL and then 2 years later I donated another 8 inches to Pantene Beautiful Lengths program.  This October will be another two years and I don't think I will be ready to donate again.  It doesn't seem to grow as fast as it used to.  Those baby making hormones really gave my hair a growing boost LOL!

I think the key to working with your hair is to know a few quick hairstyles and have the right stuff.  I use hairsticks for my 30 second hairstyle and I have the 3 inch pins that work really well.  I spend less time on my hair putting it in updos while wet than if I would take the time to blow dry  and style it.

My girl had long hair and I had to cut it.  The weekly swimming lesson and fine blond hair were not conducive.  That is great that you DD lets you work on her hair sometimes.  I get maybe once a month when she lets me do something.  Embarrassed
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The last 6 months of kids sewing - picture heavy on: May 06, 2011 11:47:54 AM
Well I only seem to post here every 6 months or so.  Most of these are my own pattern or modified patterns.  All stencils except the Onix one is my artwork.  If there is anything you have a question on the construction...ask away!






















































Thanks for looking!  Grin
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair--Dyed, Cut, or Styled by Yourself! on: May 06, 2011 10:35:27 AM
Here's a few hairstyles I have done on my hair recently.  My hair is mid-back length and in the ones where my hair is actually red (i.e. not with my roots showing  Wink ) I use Natural Insincts Spiced Tea.

Seperate down the middle and do a spiral on each side.  Put both in a pony and then twirl ends around pony and keep in place with 3" pins.


2011-04-08_5413 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This is done the same way only with french braids along the side


2011-03-21_5335 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This is just about 5 chunks twisted up and secured with 3 inch pins.  I do it wet in the morning, and then at night when I take it down it is all dried and curly.


2011-01-21_3611 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This one I do a french twist and leave the ends up at the top instead of tucking them under.  Then I twist them up and secure with pins.


2011-01-25_3606 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This is a fresh dye job, straightened and then with spirals along the side.  I could seriously do those in my sleep...I need to be doing something at all times and I do them when I'm just sitting there.


Untitled by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

That's about all I have pictures for.  I do my hair in a different style just about every day.  Do you know how much it pains me that my daughter doesn't let me do more than brush her hair??  Maybe someday she will let me do it.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Cool weather clothes for my boy and girl on: October 20, 2010 06:58:58 AM
Thanks so much everyone!  Grin

WOW!! You did such an amazing and inspiring job on their clothes!! best dressed kiddos. Smiley What edition of Ottobre did you get the patterns for your son? I really want to subscribe, the patterns are always so adorable!

I looked at the shorts that I converted to pants came from the 3/09 Otto and the shirt came from 4/08 Otto.  Many things are repeats, so look at the design outlines of the issues and see which one has the most that you would like.  I have a subscription as a Christmas present, but I'm about ready to have them cancel it for me.  I have plenty of patterns now, and I rarely use the girl stuff since I make my own for those.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cool weather clothes for my boy and girl on: October 19, 2010 06:27:25 AM
I make most of my kids' wardrobes (the cool stuff anyways!), so here is what they are wearing now that the weather is turning cooler.  My DD's clothes are mostly my own designs (pattern for the leggings, though) and my DS' clothes are pretty much the Ottobre curved raglan, a turtleneck shirt pattern and an Ottobre Bert shorts pattern that I have converted to pants and made the pockets interior on the front.

DS is pretty set on clothes right now and DD still fits into some of her clothes I made her last winter.  I know I will make more dresses, though.  She's already got some fabric picked out. Wink

Cool boy stuff:



The dragon on this shirt is an iron-on.





















Girl stuff:







I just made the underdress on this one - it is her Halloween costume



Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear your comments. Smiley
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