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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Simple T Tunic pattern? on: August 21, 2008 05:48:01 PM
I have found some online, but they are more complicated (12 peices or more?) , or too simple (2 peices). My aunt usues something she calls "rectangular construction" her tunics are way simpler. She made two for my daughter for SCA garb, but I was thinking of making some shirt legnth tunics for fall winter. A better pattern would be a big help, because I have a feeling if I muscle my way through it blind, I will be wasting some fabric. If anyone knows of anything? TIA!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Applique without zig zag on: August 21, 2008 05:08:51 PM
I don't have a serger. I cannot get the machine to be happy with a zig zag sticth, it chokes whenever I change the stitch style or tension or stitch legnth. Suppose it needs cleaning? Anyway, can I applique without those otpions? I can turn the edges and straight stitch. Sure it limits the shape options, but it might just save us with my daughter going through this "I won't wear dresses phase"...So is this too hard?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Birthday crowns on: August 04, 2008 10:12:57 PM
I have seen a few finished ones online, but I am hoping for a pattern or toutorial on how to make felt crowns. I though it would be a cute take away from my daughter's 2nd bday party. I could come up with my own, but that always takes more time. I am low on time these days since baby#2 is due in 8 weeks, and I have lots of projects to finish before then! So cheating would be great!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / WWYD with curious george fabric on: July 29, 2008 04:33:18 PM
My almost-2-year-old, made me buy it. Thank the gods I had a coupon, and it only takes a yard to make her something. But it's so...cheesy! what on earth am I going to make her that she can wear this fall with fricken Curious George Fabric??
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Nursery on: July 29, 2008 06:26:04 AM
I am trying to choose fabric to accent my toddlers room as we make it into a room to be shared with our new baby who's gender will not be known till it's born. She likes lots of things, but sea creatures is high on her list, esp. Turtles. My Dh is from Hawaii so this makes sense, our whol house kind of has a tropical feel with lots of orginal art and carvings from travels to Thailand and Hawaii. So teh debate is, Trying to choose fabric for new nursery...can't choose between super cute but childish, and colorful but more conservative prints:http://www.hartsfabric.com/cotton-prints-ocean-themes.html... The Smiling Turtles Fabric Royal VS the Tropical Kelp Bed Cotton Fabric Jade are thr front runners. I just worry too cute reeks is too sappy and somehow fake or cartooney looking. I guess it doesn't matter if the kids like it?  As an artist I can't choose, anyone want to weigh in??
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Turtle Fabirc on: July 28, 2008 09:28:58 PM
Has anyone seen a great turtle fabric? I can't find anything that isn't too babyish totally unrealistic and too cutsey, or not very dark, realistic, and uncute. There seems to be nothing but extreems?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little blue snail! on: June 11, 2008 10:30:22 AM
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / More summer dresses, I can't stop either!!! on: June 11, 2008 10:29:27 AM
Reconns:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2571024694/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2570197253/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2570196855/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2570196289/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2570191879/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2570191365/

Not a reconn:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2570197725/
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Need BIG frog pattern on: June 09, 2008 09:42:30 AM
I am wanting to make a frog for a friend who loves bright yellow. I was going to use the Purl Frog pattern (http://www.flickr.com/photos/36872391@N00/2110638859/) which I have used before with much success with felt and woven cotton knits. I stumbled into 3/4 yard of very plush fleece in the right color in the rememnent bin. I am concerned that this very fluffy fleece will be hard to turn on such a realtivly small pattern. I have searched all over google and I cannot find a larger frog pattern. Has anyone seen anything? My plan is to enlarge the Purl Frog, and sperate the arms and legs from the body if I cannot find a pattern. Or draw one from scratch, but I am a little worried about getting that right because I only have to one peice of fluffy.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / How do I keep the stretch out of my reconn seams? on: June 03, 2008 06:10:29 AM
I  am having this problem specifcially when sewing on bias tape to finish the neck. I am not pulling on the fabric at all, just trying to keep it lined up right, but it still get weird stretchy spots. It looks awful. I did do one dress with regular store bought bias tape and it laid muych nicer, but it did not fit over DD's head. (same pattern) Should I change the size of my neck hole and switch to store bought bias tape, or can I line it with something to keep the stretchies from happening, or is it a lost cause?
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