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1  Monkey Halloween Costume in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by europebound_84 on: September 27, 2008 05:11:20 PM
Since Halloween is 34 days away (yeah, I'm counting down!! I love to dress up!) I wanted to post the halloween costume I made for my niece last year.

I'm so cruel with things, lemme tell you! This was a Littlest Pet Shop stuffed monkey. However I cut its head off and its cute little hands, feet and tail and stitched together a fuzzy Frankenstein of cuteness.


Sorry about the smiley. Since she is not my child I decided to add that out of respect to her and her family's privacy.



I gutted a lot of the head (so her head could have some room) and I bought just a cheap baby beanie and stitched it inside the head with some pink ribbon in for tying it under her chin. You can't really see it but there is a pink bow on top of the monkey head, I had to overdo the pinkness so you could tell it was my niece and not my nephew Tongue  I took the hands and feet and made them into mittens and socks by simply adding elastic on the inside and trimming the tops in the same pink ribbon. She wouldn't keep the mittens on though Tongue The costume itself was just a long sleeve toddler shirt from WallyWorld with a oblong felt patch sewn to the front of it, and I just made basic pants from some scrap brown fabric I had laying around. Then I finished the cut end of the tail with some of the pink ribbon and we attached it to her via safety pin.

Her parents (my sister-in-law and brother-in-law) told me that EVERYONE stopped them to comment on her costume. They kept wanting to know where they got it . . . .

if only they knew the horror that cute little stuffed pets endure . . . .

I bought the monkey at Target and I was sad to see that now, there is a much smaller version of the stuffed animals . . . they are jumping on the band wagon of the neopets and they have these little tags on them with secret internet codes . . . they are the same price that I paid for this one, but they are smaller! I guess they think that the code is worth the difference in what the price would be without the code. I think not, though Tongue

I am afraid that some stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this halloween costume.
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2  Xhilarating Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by europebound_84 on: September 13, 2008 08:24:45 PM
Its been a long time since I did any posting here, so please forgive me.

I work at Target and about a year ago we got this new line of curtains in our Domestic sections: Xhilaration (now you Target lovers will recognize the brand from our clothing line, yes, they tried out home decor, but alas, did not do well with the public). The line was just two different colors in various curtain sizes: Pink and Turquoise faux silks and sheers. When I saw these curtains I went nuts! I could not stop thinking about the Turquoise sheer with its flocked  bubbles all over it. I could see these curtains as a super cute retro party dress (like Grease or something). So I waited, patiently, walking by every now and then and sighing . . .  waiting for them to be marked down or clearanced, because there was no way I was going to pay 20 bucks a panel just to cut them up.

So . . . after a year . . . and an incredibly LONG backstory ( sorry:P ) . . .

Voila! . . .



I used Simplicity pattern #3878 from the Jessica McClintock Collection. My hair is in the way, so the top is a little obscured, but its strapless and it has a ruffle all along the top of it out of the flocked sheer which you can sorta see in the lining picture. (Oh, I'm standing on tippy-toes because every picture I took cut off the bottom of the dress)


The curtains before i hacked them to bits . . .



The lining . . . I always rush through my projects and never line anything, but I made sure that I did this time



I used a crinoline from an old prom dress for the fluff under this dress, it was way easier than making the ruffles the pattern called for




Anyway, I hope y'all enjoyed it!
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3  Cute baby booties and burp rags in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by europebound_84 on: July 26, 2005 09:03:28 PM
Ok *deep breath* this is my first post, so I hope I do everything right . . .

My cousins are poppin out babies!! One was just born two weeks ago, and the other is due in November. So, I wanted to make some things for my brand-new and soon-to-be cousins.

Wanting to make THE perfect baby gifts, I scoured endless websites for gifts. I decided on the gripper baby booties (even though they dont even use their feet at this age, I thought they were cute), and they are so easy to make! If you have a steady hand, fabric paint and some cardboard (to put inside the bootie to make it flat on the bottom), you can whip these out in like a few minutes . . . but they have to dry and cure for a day.



The babys name is pronounced Desiree and the reason why there are 5 booties instead of 6 is because there is debate on when Dasariea was born, so I have to find that out. And sorry all the pictures are dark, I took some pictures with the flash and they were just blank almost from the glare.

And I also decided to make burp rags out of cutesy flannel. This was at the beginning of the summer and JoAnns had their flannel half off! I got this pattern from http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/baby/shaped_burp_cloth.html and tweaked it a little so the corners would be more smooth and rounded. Like the site says, it only takes of a yard of material to make one of these burp rags! They are quick to make too. Once I had drawn out my pattern onto a large piece of paper and cut out the material, it took me maybe 5 minutes to assemble (Im a lead foot all around, from the car to the sewing machine peddle). I did one extra step after I followed the directions on the site listed above, and that was a zigzag stitch on the outer edge of the rag, for decoration and for function.





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