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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / apple dress from vintage pattern on: September 16, 2008 05:35:06 PM
Lucky, lucky me, I was the recipient of several vintage patterns for children.  I just finished this adorable dress using some apple fabric from JoAnne's.  It is a 3 section, bias, flared dress with a center back zipper and short raglan sleeves with elastic casings.  It is McCall's 9084 from 1967....the year I was born, so......does that make me vintage too?  LOL!

Dress was very easy to do and I was so proud with how well the zipper came out.  I despise doing zippers so it was a major accomplishment for me.  Infact, I am tackling another vintage dress with a zipper in it too.  I love how loose and flowy the dress is, even if it is a bit mumu-ish.  It is a little on the short side (wow, were the hemlines short then) so the next time I will add a couple of inches.

I thought the front needed something, so I added a green gingham ribbon bow and also put the same ribbon on her socks.  It looks better in person, but in the pics it looks like the ribbon needs to be bigger or something.

Not the best pics, end of a long day and one very tired little model.  Forgive the wrinkles, like I said end of a long day.

Okay, now that you know what the dress looks like, loose and flowy right?  Why would the pattern state right on the front 'Not Suitable For Chubby Girls'  Just makes me chuckle..lol.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / boy/girl twin outfits, I am so proud of them! (lots of pics) on: September 07, 2008 06:43:39 PM
I made these coordinating outfits for my twins. 
Hers is a peasant blouse and a strip patchwork skirt.  There is a ribbon that ties around her chest.  I used vegbee's tute for the top and inspiration from erin33084 for the skirt http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=256766.0.  The skirt has 4 coordinating fabrics plus a strip of white with a ruffled ribbon down the middle.  The top is a little too long and I may end up shortening it.
I made his shirt from the gingham check fabric that is in her skirt.  I also made brown denim pants for him.  I used Simplicity 5537 for both pieces.  The shirt fit well, but the pants came out huge!  I cut 4 inches off the length and they are still long.  Ds is average size for his age so the pattern must really be weird.  They don't show up in the pics, but there are cargo pockets on the sides of the pants.

girls outfit

girls top back

close up of skirt

boys outfit

striking a pose

not a happy boy

I am so proud of these and I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of them.  I appreciate all comments, good, bad, and everything in between!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / newbie sharing vegbee corset dress on: August 31, 2008 03:01:00 PM
I have been so totally addicted to this place since I happened upon it about a month ago.  I joined just a short time ago and thought I would share the first dress made from here, the awesome corset dress by vegbee.
As you can tell, my dd hated the headband I made to go with it, once it was off she was quite proud of the dress though.  On the front of the bodice I cut out a flower from the skirt fabric and embroidered it, leaving the edges to fray. 
DD's twin brother has a polo shirt in the same bright orange color, so they look so adorable together.
Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is the fused plastic bag fabric washable? on: August 18, 2008 11:15:54 AM
I saw the wonderful idea of fusing the plastic bags to make fabric and wondered if it could be put in the washer and dryer.  My friend's son has special needs and drools significantly.  I thought I would make some bibs for him and thought of sandwiching the plastic fabric between the layers to help keep the moisture away from his body.  I would hate to do it and then have them toss it into their washer and dryer only to ruin them.
Has anyone put the fused plastic bag fabric in the washer and dryer?  How does it hold up?
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