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1  Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter in Crochet: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: August 17, 2013 01:59:16 PM
Managed to get a few pics of my older daughter in the sweaters I've made her.  Unfortunately she refuses to give me a real smile for pictures with all her orthodontic work (poor kid).

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2  Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter in Crochet: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: August 15, 2013 06:02:36 PM
Somehow I forgot to also post this rainbow-stripe cardigan that I also made for my 5 year old.  I used the Chevron Lace Cardigan pattern (free on Ravelry), which I made to fit her perfectly.  I think she will get a lot of use out of this one as it is her favorite of all the sweaters I have made.

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3  Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter in Crochet: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: August 15, 2013 05:57:37 PM
In the past few weeks I've been gearing up for my girls and back to school time, and since it's been unseasonably cool lately it's been appropriate sweater-making weather.  I've been enjoying altering Doris Chan patterns to fit my petite ladies, and I have to say that I am really loving her patterns.

I am not thrilled with the yarn on this one, it was a really cheap brand I found at Michael's and it doesn't soften up much when washed, but as long as it is worn over a long sleeve shirt it shouldn't bother her too much.  This is Doris Chan's Haru pattern from Everyday Crochet, which I altered to fit my youngest.

This pink vest is really another Haru without the sleeves, made with I Love This Yarn Sport.  I used the same size hook as suggested in the pattern and followed the pattern without alterations, and with the super lightweight yarn was able to make this to fit my 10 year old perfectly.

This is another Haru done in Red Heart Soft yarn for my 10 year old.  I followed the instructions for the Tall Latte sleeves as she hates full-length sleeves.  This is my new favorite sweater-making yarn as I like the drape and softness to it.

This is a vest for my 5 year old, also done in Red Heart Soft yarn.  It is Doris Chan's Mei-Mei pattern, which I followed exactly except went down 2 hook sizes.  I also lengthened it to just above hip-length before working the bolero shaping to make more of a retro vest (she loves it).

Now hopefully I will get some better pictures when they wear them to school.
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4  Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter in Crochet: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: December 02, 2012 12:49:10 PM
My youngest will be starting kindergarten next year, and I know from my older kids going through the same elementary school that a lot of times the school is fairly chilly.  So, I started hunting around on Ravelry and found a couple patterns for sweaters that I really liked and wanted to make for her.

This first one was a free pattern by Sharon Volkman called Girl's Lacy Sweater.  In the pattern it called for all one color, but I thought that was a little blah...and I think every 5 year old little girl HAS to have a piece of clothing with a rainbow on it. 

Next is Girls Classic Cardigan by Lisa van Klaveren in yellow.  The buttons are sentimental, because they were in the stash of buttons I got when my mom passed away.  I really like this one, but I don't know if it's going to fit her next year because it fits her pretty well right now...seems like her patterns are written a little on the small-side...or it could just be that my yarn was a tad thin.  This isn't a free pattern, I bought it from her Etsy shop Holland Designs.

This blue one is my FAVORITE of all.  It worked up really fast and I love that even though you can tell it's handmade it's kind of...classy (not sure if that's quite the word I'm looking for but hey).  This is another pattern I bought off Etsy, but this one is by Jennifer Pionk and is called Classic Charm Girls Cardigan.  As much as I love this pattern, there really wasn't much by way of directions for making the sleeves, so I had to write my own.  That's not such a bad thing though, because I got exactly the look I was going for.  Just wish it came in some larger sizes as my older daughter would love to have one too.  The button is actually from my late grandmother's button stash, so there's some sentimentality to this one as well.

Last is a red jumper I made from some yarn I had left over for another project...and is also Jennifer Pionk's Classic Charm Girls Cardigan.  This one I made in my daughter's current size instead of planning for next year so that she can wear it at our family gathering this Christmas.

Whew!  I've been busy...not too shabby for 2-3 weeks' work.  Happy Holidays all!   Grin
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5  A-Line Tunic for my daughter's 7th birthday PIC HEAVY in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: January 28, 2010 05:15:39 PM
My older daughter turned 7 yesterday, and I made this top for her as a present.  She's not really into peasant tops but likes the hippie look, so this pattern worked out well for her.  She picked the main fabric and I chose the contrast.  It was very easy to make, even though I'm not a fan of doing sleeves...but they def. get easier with practice.

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6  Back To School Wardrobe **PIC HEAVY** in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: July 27, 2009 05:39:50 PM
This year my daughter wanted me to make her most (if not all) of her back to school clothes, so I got started on it about two weeks ago.  I want to make her some special outfits as well with applique's and the whole bit...but I think this is a good start for normal everyday kind of wear.  All of the outfits have matching headbands because I'm letting her grow her bangs out and I cannot stand them being in her face.

I had originally intended for this to be her first day of school outfit, but I think the jumper is a little too big.  It's a YCMT pattern (CarlaC's Simply Sweet).

I had enough fabric left over to make this skort (YCMT CarlaC's preppy skorts).  I think this one will be her first day of school outfit instead.

For the top I used CarlaC's Peasant pattern with the ruffled neckline and sleeve option.  The skort is the same pattern I used for the previous one, I just made it a bit longer.  The fabric was a shower curtain that my mom had made, hung up to see how it looked in her bathroom, then took back down when she decided she didn't like it.

Easy-Fit pants made from extra fabric.

You can't tell by her expression, but this is her favorite outfit...but I cut the elastic too short and it's a bit too tight so I have to pull it out and redo it.  Another CarlaC preppy skort, this time done with the twirly-skirt option.

Sophie Tunic (YCMT) with easy-fit pants that I modified to make into a flare leg.

I can't remember the name of this pattern, but it's another YCMT one.  It's not as baggy as it looks, I haven't sewn the button onto the back yet.  The pants were made from some velvet decorator fabric my mom gave me after she decided she didn't want to make a slip cover afterall.   Grin

Another CarlaC peasant top with easy fit pants.

Sophie Tunic made with the fabric I had left over after I made her skirt.  This one is her favorite shirt...it's a batik but I'm not sure of the fabric content...feels almost like silk.  My husband calls it "her 70's-going-to-the-disco-shirt".

I'm still making more stuff...and I also started making outfits for my youngest daughter (21 months) as well.
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7  YCMT Sophie Tunic in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: July 20, 2009 08:41:20 AM
I had a stack of flannel receiving blankets from when my youngest was a baby, and when I saw the Sophie Tunic from SisBoom on YCMT I thought it would make a cute pajama top (toddler pj's aren't supposed to have elastic necklines...so a peasant top wasn't going to work).

I had enough of the green check left over to make her coordinating easy-fit pants with the main tunic fabric as a contrasting cuff.

Action shots (sorry for the pic quality, it's not easy getting decent pictures of a 21-month-old).

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8  What should I make with this? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by mrsmartin428 on: April 13, 2009 01:18:39 PM
I bought this really cute fabric last week to make something for my girls with, but now that I have it I don't know what to make.  I know my older daughter is going to want to wear it constantly because she's really into rainbows and unicorns and stuff, and I was thinking maybe a dress or skirt to try and get her to wear more girly things...but I think it would also look really cute as pajamas or a top.

Help!  I need suggestions!

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9  Easter Outfits in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsmartin428 on: April 13, 2009 06:39:55 AM
My oldest daughter usually refuses to wear dresses, so when I made Easter outfits this year I made her and my little one matching pants-outfits.  I really wish I had done dresses instead, because they turned out looking a little too much like pajamas. 

For the girls I did matching (although reversed the fabrics) portrait peasant tops (YCMT) and easy-fit pants (YCMT) from Farmer's Market print fabric.  I used a scrap of the leftover fabric to make my older daughter a matching headband.  I had planned to make them both sashes from the fabric I used to make my son's tie, but didn't have enough.  For my son I made a pair of easy-fit pants (YCMT) from a pair of khaki pants my mom gave me...she recently lost weight and they're too big for her now.  The tie is also a YCMT pattern, which I did in an Amy Butler solid to match the green in the girls' outfits.  Unfortunately I goofed when sewing the tie and did the neck portion too narrow, so I couldn't turn it.  Luckily it was a solid fabric so we could still use it.

I also made myself a peasant shirt using a Simplicity pattern, but instead of doing a drawstring neckline I just used elastic.  The fabric came from a shower curtain my mom didn't want anymore.

Here's the pics:

All the kids together:

Oldest Daughter:

Younger Daughter:

My son and I:

Oldest Daughter's Outfit:

Younger Daughter's Outfit:
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10  Re: VENT--looks like pajamas in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by mrsmartin428 on: April 05, 2009 12:11:43 PM
I only have a pic of my older daughter wearing hers, the little one was in desperate need of a bath after dinner.  I think if I add a sash or something it might make them look less pajama-ish.

I'm open to suggestions.

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