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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Short Sleeves reconstructed for Winter on: August 23, 2007 07:50:14 AM
I love this idea--my daughter also has a bunch of cute short-sleeved shirts that will be too small next summer, but fit well now. Well done!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery . . . I hope. (Sundresses) on: August 16, 2007 05:48:17 AM
as far as adding more to the linen dress, maybe you wait for the anticipated stains and do some clever little appliques over them? Wink or, i suppose you don't have to wait for stains...

Ha! Excellent idea.  If I stock up on appliques, do you think I can eliminate the need for laundry entirely? There was a moment making the first two dresses when I smacked my head at the idiocy of making two white dresses for a 2-year-old.  I'm going to become really good friends with that bleach pen .  . .
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery . . . I hope. (Sundresses) on: August 15, 2007 05:57:50 PM
Wow, thanks everyone, you've reassured me that the neckline in dress #2 isn't totally wacky, but I think I will take the suggestion of adding some spaghetti straps so that I have a prayer of keeping my little nudist in the clothing. If anyone asks me from now on, I can pretend I was actually going for a vintage reproduction of nineteenth century juvenile fashion.  Really.

Hollie asked to see the capri pants--she's actually wearing them in the photo--but I will try to get a clearer pic.  I more or less used the livvylou sleeveypants (holy cow, what a lot of 'v's) tutorial.

After a long posting hiatus, I had sort of forgotten what an awesome community craftster is--thanks for welcoming me back into the fold!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery . . . I hope. (Sundresses) on: August 15, 2007 11:12:08 AM
This thread motivated me to dust off my sewing machine, dig into my closet, and start cutting. Here are some dresses were inspired by vegbee, cheytown, kimberlina, and the rest of you crafting geniuses.  Comments and suggestions are extremely welcome, especially for a rank amateur such as myself--I can use all the help I can get!

Once an old linen shirt with stains in embarrassing places! Now! A soon-to-be-stained sundress, cleverly accessorized with oversized bicycle helmet.  The sleeves were too short to use cheytown's clever ruffle sleeve, so I added a couple of totally non-matching straps.  Sorry about only showing this from the back--my girl is camera-shy. I think it needs something else--maybe some bias trim around the bottom? Thoughts?


This once was a rather lovely embroidered Mexican shirt, but it never did fit me.  I reconned it into an off-the shoulder sundress with matching capri pants made out of the sleeves. The neckline isn't entirely appropriate for a soon-to-be 2-year-old, but my hands were sort of tied if I wanted to use all of that gorgeous embroidery.



And finally, what has become my new favorite design, a slightly longer version of kimberlina's smock/jumper/wrap dress.  I deliberately made the straps longer than necessary, then hid them between the two layers of fabric at the neck, under the rationale that as she grows, I can pick open that seam and lengthen the straps.  I love the fact that this design is four-ways reversible--you can wear it front to back, back to front, and inside out as well!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: rainbow twirly patch dress on: July 15, 2007 12:41:26 PM
Caine--I will be happy to show a pic--except that my sewing machine died just as I was finishing the binding. When it comes back from the shop, I'll have my girl model the dress in all of it's stiff, flouncy glory.

I also have the same issues with thrift shops in my area--there are a couple of art schools nearby, and I think the intrepid art students pick them clean of good finds.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: rainbow twirly patch dress on: July 13, 2007 08:00:53 AM
This dress, and your other patchwork swirly dress caught my eye--truly beautiful.  I was so inspired that I dug my sewing machine out of the basement and whipped up a non-patchwork tiered dress for my little girl last night. It _looks_ ok, but I guess the cotton broadcloth I used was too stiff/heavy, since it the skirt stands out straight like a square dancer's petticoat, and I have a feeling that all of those bulky seam allowances from the gathering are not going to be very comfortable on my toddler's sensitive skin.

My question--what weight of fabric did you use to make it drape so beautifully, and, for all of you expert sewers out there, where does one find nice prints in soft, lighter-weight fabrics? My local fabric stores seem to exclusively carry quilting prints on nice, but stiff cotton weaves. 

Thanks for the inspiration!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help me track down this pattern on: January 17, 2006 12:24:25 PM
So, nobody recognizes this hat?  Bummer! Guess I'm on my own!

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help me track down this pattern on: January 15, 2006 06:10:17 AM
Hi, guys,

A colleague of my husband's gave us an adorable baby hat.  I love it so much that I'd like to reproduce it, but I can't find the pattern anywhere, and for some reason I feel embarassed about asking his colleague.   Anybody recognize this hat?



It has a little point over the forehead (sort of renaissance-inspired), and a twisted stitch pattern on the sides. I believe it was made using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

Thanks!
EM
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: booties from "Knitting for Two" by Erika Knight on: August 24, 2005 06:39:34 AM
goodkarma--I meant to include in that last post how much I liked your versions of the booties and bonnets!  (How rude of me!) I love that pink color--decidedly girly, but not TOO girly.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: booties from "Knitting for Two" by Erika Knight on: August 24, 2005 06:37:16 AM
After all of my kvetching about the bootie pattern, I did love the lacy cap pattern--so much so that I made three! 

From left, the yarns are KnitPicks Shine, KFI Cashmereno (Bliss Cashmerino knockoff), and Peruvian Collection Alpaca/Cashmere.  I did have fun with the ribbons--I can't wait to use that polka-dotted ribbon again!



Conveniently, they turned out in different sizes, so I should be able to dress my daughter (whose arrival date is SUPPOSED to be tomorrow!) in style for many months.
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