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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: First sewn dress. Brown & flowery. (A bit IMG fat) on: February 14, 2008 07:35:34 PM
So sweet!  I never would've guessed it was the first dress you've ever sewn. . .nice work!  Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noob question: Waistband fabrics? on: February 13, 2008 09:19:01 PM
I'd look for a nice stretchy knit fabric that has good "return"--when you stretch it out it'll snap back to its original size/shape quickly without sagging.   Smiley  Ribbing/ribknit should fit the bill. . .You could salvage the ribbing off the waistband of a sweatshirt perhaps--or if you have a stretchy ribbed shirt or leggings, you could try cutting a waistband from that.  Dancewear/swimsuit knits would probably work too.  (Mind you, I'm just speculating here. . .I've only done one fabric waistband and I just went out and bought some ribknit from JoAnn's to make it.  Wink)


Good luck!  Smiley
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: pintuck dresses (warning: big fat pics) on: February 12, 2008 08:26:37 PM
Yet again I feel compelled to kneel in the presence of your genius.  SO cute!  Smiley  I especially like the blue one--I want a dress for myself in that fabric!

Hooray for rolled hems!  (It's now official--I don't "want" a serger, I NEED one.  Wink)
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric for Kids Clothes on: February 02, 2008 04:26:55 PM
Sewzanne's (http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/) has a lot of cute fabric. . .I haven't actually *bought* anything there yet, but I love to browse there for inspiration.  Smiley  Nearly all of my stuff so far has come from my local fabric store (Joann's) or a thrift store.  Tongue

I agree with sweetiepickles; often the quality of the fabric can make a big difference.  I like to feel the fabric, check how it drapes, see how heavy/tightly woven it is, etc. to get a feel for how it's going to hold up and how it's going to look in the end.  Also, as I learn more about the qualities of specific fabrics--twill, poplin, interlock, etc.--I find it gets easier to locate the appropriate type of material for the project I've got in mind.  In general I've found that quilter's cotton is fine for light/casual clothes, but heavier apparel fabrics will usually look a bit more "dressy". 

 
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free patterns using fleece? on: January 30, 2008 02:17:44 PM
There are some free patterns here that might work with fleece: http://babypatterns.atspace.com/

Smiley


26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you attach sleeves?? Silly question, I know. on: January 30, 2008 02:12:39 PM
Hmmm, they look like a variation of a raglan or peasant top--where each sleeve is attached by 2 separate seams to the bodice, instead of a shoulder seam like in a standard T shirt, if that makes sense. . .so the "shoulder" of the sleeve piece actually ends up as part of the neckhole. . .

I know vegbee has a tute for a peasant top on her blog--and I think someone posted a tute for a raglan T here somewhere. . .
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Funky Toddler Hoodie Vest on: January 30, 2008 01:56:02 PM
Now that's adorable.  Smiley  That fabric is just too cute for words. . .I don't I would ever have thought to use it to make a toddler vest--but it looks truly awesome. 
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My first drafted pattern! retro baby dress! UPDATED MORE DRESSES!! PICS! on: January 26, 2008 10:48:41 AM
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have actually thought about making one for myself to wear with leggings as a baby doll length top.
Ha, I was just thinking about how your girls could wear their dresses as tops when they get bigger. . .you'll definitely have to show us if you make a mommy-sized top too! 
29  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Stars, swirls, jems and rainbows!! (img FAT) on: January 26, 2008 10:43:47 AM
So cute!  What kind of paint did you use?  I think my little girl needs her own custom-painted sneaks this spring. . . Smiley
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My first drafted pattern! retro baby dress! UPDATED MORE DRESSES!! PICS! on: January 24, 2008 06:10:42 AM
Nice work!  The polka dot version is just too cute for words.  Smiley
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