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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Dyed Appliqued Onesies... on: April 15, 2010 05:03:52 PM
I'm having a hard time commenting on the clothes because I'm distracted by that stunningly adorable baby!  Those eyes!!

But seriously, that tie tee is precious.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Easter Smocking - Lots of Pics on: April 05, 2010 01:47:39 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies!

Wow, what a lot of work! I bought a book on smocking and keep thinking, "Someday..." How long did it take you to do their outfits? I'm a little intimidated!

Sometimes it is tricky finding smocking that will look good on a boy, but I think you found the balance!

I started the dress at the beginning of January.  I didn't work on it every single day, but it was pretty steady.  So between the smocking and the actual construction on the two outfits it was about thee months.  It would have gone a lot smoother but that dress was a monster!  The smocking on my son's went really quickly, so pick a nice small plate and your should be fine.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easter Smocking - Lots of Pics on: April 03, 2010 10:41:18 AM
I've become addicted to smocking.  I can't help it!  So here are some smocked Easter outfits I make for my kids.

My son just would not sit still.


My daughters dress is Daisy from Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine #89.  It's done in pink cotton with the prettiest subtle, swirly floral pattern.  Lined in white cotton.  The instructions called for crochet on the collar and sleeves, but I can't crochet, so I found some nice pink lace edging instead.  


Here's a close-up of the smocking.  24 full and half rows of the same stitch, over, and over, and over again.  I was quite glad to be done with it.  But I've very pleased with the result.  I love the little daisies with the button centers!


I had a time getting my husband to agree to smocking on my son!  He vetoed nearly everything I suggested as "too girly."  Hmph!  But I finally managed to find something that he thought wouldn't embarrass they boy.  Vogue #7504 in dark blue linen, lined with white cotton.  The pattern had a shirt to go with the jumper, but it had a rounded collar and apparently that's on my husbands no fly list.  So we just bought a white polo for underneath.  


After the herculean effort that went into my daughter's smocking, this was a breeze!  One color, eight rows, and I actually got to use a few different stitches!


One last pic just for fun!  I was really happy with how they both turned out and was especially happy that the weather decided to cooperate for shorts!


Happy Easter!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Valentine's Dress on: February 16, 2010 04:04:23 PM
Long ago I found this great pink and black plaid, I had no idea what to do with it, but I knew it would make a cute something someday.  So last Monday I realized that dd had nothing special for Valentine's Day.  So, pink plaid plus Simplicity 2574 and here you go.  It was a very easy pattern and went together quickly and smoothly.  But I did learn some very important lessons about working with plaid!  It's nothing mind blowing spectacular, but dd really loved it and felt special.

So, Happy Valentine's baby!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finally a dress for myself on: January 21, 2010 01:24:37 PM
This is so pretty!  I love your color combo and the fit is stunning on you.  Great job!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chinese Frog Button + Diagonal Pintuck + Open Mandarin collar = I Love it! on: January 21, 2010 01:23:43 PM
This is amazing!  Very beautifully constructed.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: White silk wedding dress on: January 05, 2010 04:38:00 PM
She looks wonderful!  You did a great job.  What a special experience to be able to make your daughters wedding dress!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Recon an old wool coat? on: December 25, 2009 08:55:29 PM
Hello you crafty Crafters,

My Grandma passed away over 13 years ago and I found an old wool coat of hers in a closet.  It's not a style that I particularly care for and my Mom said if I didn't want it that I should just take it to Goodwill.  But I just can't do that, I'm a sentimental schmuck! 

After poking around the recon boards for a while, I've started to consider trying to turn the coat into something more "me." 

I'd like to turn it into something like this:
http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8346.htm?tab=jackets_coats&page=3
The red view.

The original is a pretty baggy, unfitted, lined coat along these lines:
http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V1083.htm?tab=vintage_vogue&page=1

So my question here is, what advice, wisdom, warnings, tips/tricks etc. can you all give me?  I've a very confident sewer and don't doubt my skill ability to do it, but I don't know if the thick wool would tolerate being picked apart and refitted. 

I appreciate any help you all can give me.
Thanks!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: In a bag full of buttons bats will swarm on: November 17, 2009 06:44:43 AM
The batwing dress is good, but those buttons really make it pop!  Great embellishment.  Simple idea, but the end product is terrific!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 'Cult Hoodie' on: November 17, 2009 06:40:26 AM
Wow!  I agree, very diggable!! 

Great job!
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