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31  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet, sweet summer... dress - a tutorial! Ridiculously picture obese! on: March 21, 2011 10:16:31 PM
Sweet, Sweet Summer. Dress.

This dress fits a 4 to 6 year old. I chose this awesome seventies patchwork looking fabric. It is a stretchy knit one that is slightly see-through, which is why I did a liner for it. You could do this pattern with a non see-through fabric and omit the lining, if you prefer. Half the work that way! Also, I will be posting in large pictures and thumbnails so I don't clog up your computer. The larger ones I post b/c I feel that my explaination might not be enough, so you can see it better.

Needs: 1 yard of top fabric, liner, and lace. You will also need matching thread. I got mine to match the lighter fabric, but thats just me.
First things first, You need to draw your pieces on the paper and cut them out. Then, pin to your fabric and cut in this fashion: In the top fabric, cut 1 skirt, two straps, two bust pieces, one center bust strip. In the liner fabric, cut one skirt and two bust pieces. Cut lace to 35.
There is already a seam allowance, unless otherwise noted. Finish seams and trim threads as you go.

First, Sew bust pieces together:
1)   With wrong sides facing down and liner on bottom, sew liner to top fabric along top of bust piece.

2)   Flip over so top fabric (patterned fabric) is on top with right side up.
3)   Tug liner fabric down until of it peeks out from under top fabric. Press.
4)   Top stitch over seam abut to 1/8.
5)   Stay stitch under arm edge at about .
6)   Repeat with other half of bust pieces.
7)   Place two bust pieces together, right sides facing, and baste stitch down center line at leaving ends long. DO NOT BACK STITCH!
Cool   Tug ends to cinch center bust until top of fabric is 2.
9)   Stitch seam at . *Note* my center bust line got pushed back out. Oh, well. I will adjust for this when I add the center bust strip/loop.

10)   Hem skirt liner lengthwise at . Pin hem on liner up another (or to your preference) and attach lace. Sew together.
11)   Hem top skirt by .
12)   With both right sides facing up, pin then baste stitch together at waistline from edge. Leave ends long. DO NOT BACK STITCH!
13)   Pull threads to cinch until waist/under bust is 1 longer than that of your childs. My daughters under bust is 20 so I made mine 21 . (You want to save that room for the seam allowance.) Then, seam stitch at the line.
Bust and skirt:
14)         Take neck strap, fold in half and sew at seam allowance at top and side with right sides facing. Repeat for second strap.
15)   Trim excess fabric and corners. Turn right side out and stitch end closed. Repeat for second strap.
16)   Attach neck strap to far sides of bust (under arm area) with 1/8 lower than bust. Do a box stitch on strap to ensure it stays well in place.

17)   Take center bust strip and fold in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Stitch using a 1/8 seam allowance. Press seam out.
18)   Trim and clip edges, flip right side out. You should have a piece 4 tall and 1 wide.
19)   Place over top side of center bust, over cinched middle, and looping over and behind. Front should show only 2 of loop. Stitch across the top part of loop at line and at the bottom up top fabric.
20)   With right sides facing, center bust to skirt and pin and stitch together up  on bust, so when seam is pressed out, all under lining and of loop is not seen.
21)   Press top of skirt down, stitch in place.
22)   Attach zipper to back of skirt (both top and lining fabric).
23)   Finish sewing liner skirt edge to liner skirt edge and top skirt edge to top skirt edge. This will ensure the two skirts are separate so when they twirl, you can see both skirts.

24)   *Note* After I tried the dress on my daughter, I noticed the bust part scooped forward heavily in the front. Since I dont want her to be flashing everyone, I adjusted it so that there looks to be a mini bow up front. All I did was pin the offending sections back on themselves and topstitched over it.

Voile! You now have your kid a super cute, super summer, sweetie dress! Comments and criticism are welcome.  Enjoy!
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cutie Kiddo Lion Beanie! NOW WITH LINK TO PATTERN! on: March 21, 2011 09:00:52 PM
Ok, so I did this beanie for my friend's new baby to be. I originally got the pattern for a baby bear hat from Bernat, but I changed it so much and used such a dramatically different fabric that I wound up making my own pattern. I will post it soon, so don't worry. For now, tell me what you think!

and then the other!

Here's the link to my blog for the pattern!!!
Comments? Smiley
33  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Guinness Stew and Irish Soda Bread on: March 17, 2011 09:31:44 PM
Sooooo delicious! Ok, so usually I just do a potato soup dish for St. Patty's Day, but this time I found a couple of awesome recipes from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. They were soooo good! The Irish Soda Bread recipe I also found on the foodnetwork website, as well.

Here's what it all looked like!

I'm not sure about copyright stuff, but if you want the recipes pm me and I'll send them to you.

Slainte and Eirin go Bragh!
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holy Sweetness! It's a new spring cape and scarf! on: March 17, 2011 09:26:58 PM
Hey there everyone! I just finished a super fun cape/cloak and scarf. I got the cape pattern from a book called. S.E.W. Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. Her website is www.makeworkshop.com.
I changed it up a bit by making a scarf to go with it and a ribbon along the hem on the outside. Everything else is the same, though. However, i warn, whateve size you think you are go with the next one down. I'm a very busty girl and so I put large as my size. I should also have done a muslin, but alas, I didn't. Oh well, i still love it and you can't really tell that it's too big.  And I love my scarf!

For the top fabric, I used a microsuede on clearance at JoAnne's for about $3 a yard! Woohoo! The liner and scarf are made from some kind of satin. It's pale pink with gray shamrocks and was $2 a yard! Love things on sale! I think I spent $7 total since I already had everything else. Gosh, I love a sale.

Anywho, the pattern is called Cape Mod and here you go!

size check:

and from the back:

It goes with my hair, don't you think?  Grin Enjoy!!
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / soft stretchie sweetie beannie on: February 09, 2011 02:10:57 PM
So, I about crocheted my fingers off for Christmas this year and my mother-in-law (she is the sweetest little lady) asked me real nice if I could make her a beannie when my fingers grew back on. Of course, how could I say no? Smiley So, last week I made her this cute beannie that I found the pattern for free on ravelry. Here's the link:

comments? criticisms? Smiley Have a great week, everyone!
36  COOKING / Dessert / Ponyo loves .... birthday cake? on: February 02, 2011 01:23:30 PM
Yes, it's true! Ponyo does, in fact, love birthday cake. At least mine does. My 4 y/o little lady had a birthday and the theme was Ponyo. I had to make everything since they sell nothing in the USA. She wore her halloween costume (which I made) i drew pictures from the movie which we posted around the club house. I even made "ham" cookies which I forgot to take pictures of. The were just sugar cookies colored with pink food coloring and red icing to separate the ham sections.

And the piece de resistance? her Ponyo cake! It was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and fondant I made and dyed myself. Minus baking and cooking time, it took about 4 hours.

Ponyo laying on a jelly fish. Wink

37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / So-Sexy-Even-Your-Husband-Will-Wear-It Apron! on: February 01, 2011 10:55:45 PM
Ok, so this project was started over a year and a half ago by my sister in law. She moved and it never got completed, so, for Christmas this year, I decided to finish it for her. I think the pattern was Simplicity 2939, but I am simply too lazy to get up and go look at the package. Wink

Anywho, it was a bit of a chore to figure out exactly where to begin, but, after a little seam ripping, getting some new fabric pieces, and sewing again I am pretty pleased with the result.

I give to you Humanus Maleus Domesticus! (Since my awesome hubbs is modeling)

38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Keep those frozen ears from falling off your head headband on: February 01, 2011 10:45:56 PM
Ok, so I wanted something to keep my four year old's ears warm during these chilly months. However, she loves her curly hair (and so do I) so I wanted it to be something she could wear her hair down and be able to see it. Solution? A winter headband! I give full credit of this to the lovely folks at ravelry. Here's a link:

This awesome pattern has ties in the back so it can fit a range of small to the not-so-small heads. Wink

Tada! All I added to the pattern was the little flower.

Anywho, it looked so cute on the one that I decided to make one for her one-year-old sister, too, sans flower. Smiley

Hope you like them! This pattern can also be converted to cover an adult sized head, as well. Wink
39  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo Fishy in the Sea! on: November 06, 2010 04:31:50 PM
Hey there everyone! Ok, Ponyo is my 3 year old's absolute favorite movie. So what did she want to be for Halloween? Exactly. Well, nobody makes a Ponyo costume so I had to figure it out myself. Then I though, well, if I have to make a costume for the little girl Ponyo then I could make my baby the fish Ponyo! So, that's what I did. I altered the Simplicity Pattern 3588 (I actually had to do a LOT of altering because I bought the wrong size - d'oh!) but I mainly just needed to cut most of the skirt off. For Ponyo's bloomers I used the Colette Patterns Madeleine Mini-bloomers pattern. I also had to seriously alter it since these bloomers are for women and not 3 year olds. Wink
For my baby, i simply took the Simplicity pattern 5720 and altered it a bit, cutting away some of the red at the bottom and middle and replacing it with white to make it look more like a goldfish. I think they turned out great and, what's more, my 3 year old loves her outfit! Yay! Win for me!
Ponyo front:

Ponyo back:

Two cutie Ponyo's:

and fishy Ponyo:

Thanks for looking everyone!!
40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Last Unicorn? And my wedding stitchery :) on: September 01, 2010 05:43:00 PM
Ok, so I have these two cross stitches that I got YEARS ago. And I mean YEARS. I started the Two Hearts one a year before I got married and put it down over and over, never getting past the roses in the garland. Finally, a couple of months ago, i just said, "I'm finishing this before our next anniversary or I'm gonna throw it away!" and I finished. Hooray! Here it is:

Now I need to gently wash it, press it, and put it in a frame. That will probably take another seven years...

Meanwhile, I started a different project (stupid, I know. I just prolonged both their finished dates.) It reminded me of the movie the Last Unicorn when all of the unicorns come running back out of the ocean when the Red Bull was defeated. I loved that movie! So, same story, i put it down forever and then finished it after the Two Hearts one. Smiley So, hooray! I also need to wash, press, and put it in a frame.

Thanks for looking everyone!
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