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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you organize/ keep patterns? on: September 02, 2013 11:56:07 AM
I hoard patterns. Probably more than I hoard fabric. So, I have milk crates with hanging file folders to hold my patterns. Each pattern has its own folder. Each folder hangs in one of 6 (embarrassing) milk crates, separated by pattern type. (All dress and adult woman patterns in one, all baby patterns in one, all apron and costume patterns in one, all bag and misc. patterns in one, all little kid patterns in one, and all my patterns out of books in one.) I put them in alphabetical order according to the pattern maker and then within the pattern maker name, I put them in numerical order.

When I trace a pattern and cut it out in butcher paper, I will then fold the butcher paper up and put it in the folder with the pattern.

If I have the same pattern in multiple sizes, they go in the folder together.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you do with botched projects? on: September 02, 2013 11:50:51 AM
I set them in the corner to mock me.  Undecided Probably need to revamp my method.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: What type of fabric should I be using for baby clothes? on: September 02, 2013 11:47:29 AM
As a mother of 5, I can tell you that I ignore that little label. And all the other people in the fabric store ignore it, too. It just means that fabric doesn't have creepy chemicals on it that keep the baby from spontaneously combusting. The only "approved" fabric is nasty feeling unnatural stuff that costs twice and much and is not even close to being as cute.

Quilting cotton, jersey, flannel, shirting fabric- all make great baby clothes fabric. Linen- not so much. It is scratchy and makes them cry. Silky fabrics and minky fabric- while they feel nice, are completely disgusting when spit up upon.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: The different circle skirts and their twirls? on: September 02, 2013 11:38:31 AM
http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/photos/twirly_skirt/

I love this twirly skirt. Not a circle skirt, but has a long life for a skirt. I made one for my DD's 3rd birthday and finally retired it just before her 7th birthday. I have made a couple circle skirts, but still prefer this one over them for little girls.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing for a larger 6yo girl ?? on: September 02, 2013 11:33:59 AM
I made wide leg ruffle bottom pants for my 7 year old. She has some in denim (the thin, more chambray feeling but dark colored) that match all her tees. My DD loves boutique looking clothes- lots of frills, lots of layers. Example patterns:
http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=3777
Sis Boom Tunic

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=8480
Sis Boom Peasant Dress/Tunic

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=9741
Ruffle Capri Pants (Look cute with tunics and under dresses.)

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=3711
Lila Tueller Dress/Top

http://www.pinkfigdesign.com/
This would be a great site to browse for inspiration.

My DD also loves the House on Hill Road Twirly Skirt. I do a double version that is awesome year round. (http://notesfromtheparsonage.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/double-twirly-skirt-tutorial/) She wears a lot of dresses and skirts with either ruffle pants underneath or leggings underneath. She is also getting into an apron phase where she wants aprons to match her outfits and wears them out like they are an accessory. And then in the winter, you can always pull out the long tee shirts, leggings, and colorful and fun jumpers!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Jacket Pattern on: September 02, 2013 11:13:52 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Clothes-Kids-Love-Instructions/dp/1589234731/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378144955&sr=8-1&keywords=sewing+clothes+kids+love
Sewing Clothes Kids Love (book) has a couple jacket patterns with at least one of them having a hood and front zipper option for boys or girls. The book has toddler sizes in it.

http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k3957-products-29711.php?page_id=3352
There is also this Kwik Sew pattern.

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=7435
LilyGiggle Krew Jacket

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_148&products_id=3125
Make It Perfect Uptown Jacket. Could easily use a zipper instead of buttons.

Hope that helps.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tardis Dress on: September 02, 2013 10:57:54 AM
Love, love, love it!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: An array of elastic bandanas - with link to tute on: May 27, 2013 01:56:00 PM
Oooh! I like those! I may have to make some for my little gal, as well.  Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Girl Pants on: May 15, 2013 11:09:06 AM
They are very cute...nice that you can fit the kids based on their own individual and unique bodies...that is why a lot of us sew to this day...we are not massed produced humans! Cheesy

Yes! It is so hard to fit a kid who is otherwise slender but has muscular thighs these days, particularly girls. Skinny jeans.  Roll Eyes
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Boy's Spring Pants and Ties on: May 15, 2013 11:07:13 AM
Thank you, all.

https://notesfromtheparsonage.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/easiest-necktie-ever/ I put the tutorial for the ties on my blog. I took lots of pictures, so it was easier to put it in blog form.  Wink
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