Alright, I just made an impulse purchase at the thrift store yesterday- spent a whopping 4 bucks on a pair of green cord overalls without even trying them on... and I knew the tag said "S" for Small, which I'm not, but they were calling out to me to save them from the sea-rack of denim. Now I'm stuck- the waist won't even come up to my hips (I should have known...), rendering them unwearable in their present state, but I still like them as overalls and don't want to totally reconstruct them into other things... just yet. What should I do? Is resizing overalls possible?? Where do I add the extra fabric- down the side seams, up the inner seams, or what?? Here they are:
Those are precious- I love the fabric! You've inspired me to attempt making overalls for my little guy, especially knowing that it can be done by using an existing pair as a guide. I made him some onesie/bodysuit-type shirts (from a pattern) when he was about 4 months old, but had the same problem that's already been mentioned about the snap tape being too strong for the fabric it was attached to. So instead, I chopped off the bottom of some old onesies in a straight line just above the hip, did the same thing to the bodysuits I was making, and sewed the bottoms of the old onesies (with snaps in place) to the tops of the new bodysuits. Here's a pic in case that didn't make any sense:
The one on the far right has sewn-on snaps, which I personally wouldn't recommend for overalls bc mine were flimsy as crap and kept coming loose from the fabric.
...So if you have any old/worn outfits (or esp. overalls) you could just cut the strip of fabric with the snaps already on it and sew it on... if the fabrics matched, that is.
It's pretty easy to make one (with or without a hard-copy pattern), and the nice thing is that since the handle is covered, your hands are kept off the germs, too! Here's mine that I made from the aforementioned pattern, leaving off some of the bells and whistles (like a snack pocket...):
Oh, and the fabric just looks quilted- I didn't actually quilt the thing.
You can't see it in the pics, but there are slits in the back so the seat belt thingy can pass through... although I'm getting ready to make my own seat belt since the ones in the stores can be NASTY. HTH
These are made from a combination of flannel (sheets and receiving blankets), washcloths (the zillion for five bucks pack), microfleece and Velcro. I made these this weekend, and did two more nicer ones today during naptime, but they're in the wash... The one second from the left is facing backwards to show off my *superb* stitching on the elastic casing... at least I didn't catch the elastic in that one!
And here's two of them close-up:
Does anybody else do cloth diapers?? What do you suggest for good soaker material- mine's a washcloth or two wrapped in flannel, and I'd like to make it thicker but my machine can't handle it... any ideas? Thanks for looking!! I'll try to post the cuter diapers once they're dried (and who knows- I might have made some more by then )
Here's the result of my hat-making efforts: The weather warmed up here the last few days, so I made one out of an old rugby-looking shirt instead of the sweater.... and I winged it instead of measuring. No measuring= hat too small for mama, too big for baby. Oh well- he'll grow into it! That's the hat over on the left, too- it was so cute I had to change my avatar.
Sorry for the dark picture... the hat's got ears! The dark green of the stripe was too dark for the blue background I guess, but they really are rounded ears and not horns. Thanks again for sharing the how-to!
Just finished this shrug from an old button-up sweater hand-me-down from a new friend (TMI??). I first made sure it had no sentimental value, since I knew at first glance I was going to cut it up (it was ugly and misshapen, let me tell you). This was easy as pie to make- I just cut off the bottom half, sewed some hem tape around the rough edge, and voila! Warm sweater thing that can be worn until the weather warms up. I hope my friend has more "uglies" to get rid of...
Sorry about the grey blur- I tried to cover up the glare and got a little carried away... Here's the back:
I had a slight problem with the back... the bottom edge sort of sticks out instead of hugging my back. Any ideas why?? Could I have stretched the sweater by accident while sewing it and thus made this weird edge? Thanks for looking!!
Thanks for the compliments!!! There are definitely a few things I would do differently next time... like mark the dots where the pattern says to... I'm glad the errors aren't too noticeable. Fortunately my little guy loves the camera (i.e. thinks it's his toy), so I was able to snap a couple pics per your awesome requests!! And thank God it actually fits him with a little room to spare. I hope it will at least last him this winter- his daddy's 6 foot 4, and my little guy's only 9 months old...
and, my personal favorite:
Thanks again! And to Michelle- do you have any pics left of the ones you've made? I'd love to see some!!
Does a baby bunting count as clothing, or should I have posted this in the baby gifts area?? Here's my first split-pea-soup-colored bunting I just finished last night for my little guy (who really is long, but not nearly as long as the bunting)- It's by far the most difficult thing I've ever made, and am so proud of myself I just had to share it with you:
There's my sewing "helper", LB (Little Bit, the 16-pound cat). Here's a close-up of the hood, which gave me the most difficulty:
I used a Kwik-Sew pattern, which had great instructions, but for the life of me couldn't make sense of the picture for putting the hood on! How simple is that supposed to be... Close-up of the front half-way lined zippered part:
This is the little slit that the seat belt is supposed to go through, but if you make one yourself I would suggest making the slit wider than you might think... otherwise it's like coaxing a whale through a hula hoop to get the baby buckled...
Thanks for the comments chattyKathi and Julieko! To chattyKathi: I wonder if your Mom's beach coat is at all similar to a bathrobe I made for my son from a towel (from an old pattern I saw somewhere online... I would LOVE to give credit but can't remember the site!!):
To Julieko: I'll post pics the next time my little guy takes a *decent* nap and I figure out how to do a tutorial, but here's the basic outline of how to make a bather: You could probably do this by hand, just make sure you have a good thimble or something... Supplies: One good size bath towel (can be as long as you are, but not much longer or you'll trip) One small washcloth (or half of one large washcloth) One package of Extra-Wide Double Fold hem tape* to match/contrast with the towel Thread Scissors Something to mark the towel with (doesn't have to be a fabric marker; it will eventually be covered completely- I use a sharpie)
*One note about the hem tape: I only use this because I'm lazy and don't take the time to use good-looking fabric, so if you actually know how to sew binding-type stuff on, you could use fabric scraps instead.
Step 1: Making the head hole If your towel has a border on the short ends, make sure your head hole doesn't go into it. If you want a V-necked bather, you can just draw the shape right onto the towel and then cut it out. For a circular-shape (what I find is the easiest to do), lay the towel out flat, then fold the top flap (short edge) down so that there is about 5 inches or so between the fold and the start of the border (if no border, give at least 10 inches between fold and towel edge). Then pick up the towel by the fold, and fold the LONG edges together (with the first flap on the outside). Now you can cut an arc around the point (about 3 or 4 inches away). Unfold and you should have a circular head hole! This is messy, BTW, so I would keep a lint roller or some tape handy to pick up the little towel-bits...
Step 2: Putting hem tape on the head hole I'm not sure how to describe this very well, but I don't measure out the hem tape or anything. I just start with the tape right out of the package (and stuff the rest of the package in my shirt to keep it out of the way) and apply it to the head hole, starting where the hole is closest to what will be the back of the bather. Go all the way around the head hole and overlap the hem tape a little (trim off excess hem tape). Keep the rest of the hem tape handy for your apron strings.
Step 3: Putting on the apron strings Cut the remaining hem tape into one long piece the same length as the long side of your towel. Then cut that piece in half. At this point I put the bather on and figure out where I want my strings to go, but if you have your hair done up and don't want to risk it, just attach them at about the halfway point on each side- using a pen to mark where that is. I like to put my strings a little higher than the midpoint because then I can wrap more of the towel around the baby while holding him. I also like to sew the hem tape shut, but I've made them both ways (open and shut) and who really looks at the strings anyways?? Voila! Now you're done unless you want to add a pocket.
Step 4: Adding a pocket if you want one (or ten) Use an entire small washcloth or a large washcloth cut in half or whatever shape you want- just be sure to finish the cut edge with some hem tape. Yes, I'm obsessed with the stuff. Then figure out where you want the pocket and sew it on. For mine, I place the pocket so that the top edge is just about (or a littler higher than) where the apron strings are attached. This way the pocket doesn't sag open when the bather's on.
If you want your bather to be reversible, I would suggest leaving the pocket off entirely (otherwise you might feel weird wearing a towel "inside-out"). Please let me know if this makes sense!!!! Especially if there's a specific part you would like pics of!!
I haven't seen anything like this on the boards so far, but I'm new and might have (probably) missed something... I started making these as baby shower gifts after coming up with the design for my little guy (we have NO counter space and thus nowhere to put a towel when we bathed him in the sink). My son's big enough for the tub now, and this is still a great help. You can fold the bottom up and around the baby after you pull him/her out of the water, too! I of course got all excited about maybe selling the thing, then saw something similar in a baby magazine a few months later... you know how that goes... turns out the idea's not as original as I thought!! Hope you enjoy- I'm glad to give instructions if anyone wants them.
Yes, this was actually a TRIPLE baby shower... no way could I afford three different gifts. The bather-thingy's pretty much just a towel with a head-hole in it and some hem tape (sewn shut) for the apron strings. The pockets in the front are made out of washcloths, and then stuffed with more little washcloths (since I bought them in a discount pack, there were plenty extras). Thanks for looking!!!