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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grown-up girly Jordy bag... AKA pink brocade and black ribbon! (3 pics) on: June 29, 2006 12:40:42 PM
This was my first attempt at a Jordy bag- it's for a sassy friend of mine who wanted me to make her "something pink".  So, I found some pretty (read: uber-girly) pink and silver fabric, nicely coordinating spring green fabric for the lining, and some black ribbon for the strap.  I now realize, one project too late, why so many Craftsters use interfacing...
Here's the tiny, floppy bag:


And here's the inside pocket, with another little piece of black ribbon (with decorative stitching! ...my first attempt!) sewn on near the top of the pocket.  Please ignore the little blue piece of Touchtape (like Velcro) at the top- I didn't have black, and the blue's WAAAY lighter than I was thinking.  If I find some black fastener, I'll be replacing it, so just pretend it's not even there...


And here's the other inside side, which has my very own label (thanks, Mom!).  And again, I'm sooo embarrassed about the blue fastener that I'm looking away in shame:



So what do you think??
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Whole (toddler) outfit from just one shirt?? TUT added 3/13/06!! on: February 27, 2006 05:17:11 PM
Pic-heavy tutorial is at the bottom of this page.

My friend gave me an old long-sleeved green and white striped shirt that was just collecting dust (it was 2 sizes too small for me) until I was inspired by pleaseelise's hats found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72335.0
Then I noticed the uber-cool (geeky?) elbow pads on the sleeves and heard them say "make me into baby-pant knee pads"
Then it occurred to me that the neckhole was a little small for an adult-sized shirt, and just might work as the neckhole of a toddler shirt...
eh voila:

The sleeve-pants are really long bc I didn't measure my little guy's legs (he was napping and I was lazy), so they fit him rolled-up now, and should fit for awhile yet.  See the knee pads?   Roll Eyes

And here's my babe modeling what my husband calls his jailbird outfit:

I must have caught him mid-blink or something... or maybe he's looking at the cat... It was really hard to get a pic of him with all of it on because he CAN'T STAND the hat.  Oh well- I love it!
So, what do YOU think???
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Resized overalls that might be recon'ed soon... :( on: February 21, 2006 11:06:08 AM
So I found these ugly (read: fabulous) green overalls last week at the thrift store, and they were about two sizes too small.  I posted on the questions board about how to resize them, and decided I'd slit up the sides and add two strips of fabric.  And yesterday I came across some cute floral flannel that had the same green in it, and thought: "oh, this would look so adorable together!". 
So why do I feel like I'm wearing a high school band uniform???   Oh yeah, because they're STILL overalls.  Maybe they'd rather be made into... something else.

Sorry for the ghostly-no-face shot.  Here's the legs of the pants:

I really like how the strips turned out with the buttons- it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be to put the strips in!   Roll Eyes

I'm beginning to think the pattern on the fabric is just waaaaay too small to complement the cords nicely.
What do you think?  No need to go easy, my overalls are pretty tough (although they may not look it at present).
 
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do you resize funky green overalls? on: February 17, 2006 07:39:12 AM
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:


Thanks!!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / First fitted diapers!! on: February 06, 2006 06:58:52 PM
MAJOR thanks to fellow Craftster mamatoabigail for posting her diaper pattern drafting instructions here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29627.0

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...  Roll Eyes 
The one second from the left is facing backwards to show off my *superb*  Undecided 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  Wink )
 

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New friend + her old sweater= shrug happiness on: January 03, 2006 10:04:29 AM
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...   Cheesy
 

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!!   Smiley
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Split Pea Baby Bunting (several pics) on: November 23, 2005 09:35:26 AM
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...

So what do you think???
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Bather- easy to make, great gift- Now with How-To!! (scroll down) on: November 10, 2005 01:42:05 PM
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!!!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Newbie with a new bag on: November 10, 2005 08:42:59 AM
I just finished this bag- a little too big for me to use as a purse (what I started out making- if I'd measured I would have know how big it would've been!), so it's now my diaper bag.  I used two old nametag magnets to get the flap to stay down.  I didn't have enough of one fabric to do the lining, so it's made from different fabrics in a fat quarter bundle.  Wink



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