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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Angel wings for my toddler on: December 14, 2009 10:21:55 PM
Thanks. I'm very aware of that. Life with my children has been an incredible, baffling experience so far. Smiley
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with acorns? on: November 03, 2009 11:55:43 PM
Something like this maybe? This is great fun to do with kids. I glued the little bug to a pumpkin and gave it to my 90 year old neighbor who had fallen down and broke her leg.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_54W3Kw-8oAw/RvkbfMBHkcI/AAAAAAAAAAs/9WoFNsSTDDE/s1600-h/BUG.JPG
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: shampoo and conditioner on: November 03, 2009 11:45:34 PM
If you crochet, you can make a cute little pouch out of the bottom of the container
If has a nice color, that is  Wink
You can see one I did for my kid here: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_54W3Kw-8oAw/RxXMji0UOrI/AAAAAAAAAA8/CKYNCDTpnKg/s1600-h/rabbit.JPG
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A swimsuit for a Barbie doll on: November 01, 2009 01:34:49 PM
That is one elegant swimsuit! I LOVE that neck closure! I made a bathing suit for one of my daughter's tiny dolls some time ago. I used an old bra that I cut up Grin because that fabric was pink and shiny and stretchy and thin enough to sew seams that weren't bulky. But even so, I had the same issue with the fabric not being quite stretchy enough and made a slit in the back too.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Super easy to make dollhouse tableware on: November 01, 2009 08:50:02 AM

This idea occurred to me right before falling asleep: how to make your own miniature tableware, for all you dollhouse lovers out there  Grin
Tutorial (off site) can be found at http://babypatterns.atspace.com/tutorial5.html
Enjoy!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Angel wings for my toddler on: November 01, 2009 02:15:27 AM
This was my youngest daughter's carnival costume  


but I suspect my eldest will be borrowing them for christmas Grin Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Toddler party dress with matching shoes (with off-site tutorial) on: October 31, 2009 03:10:53 PM
Thanks all, I'm so honoured by your positive comments  Cheesy
And yes, time has flown... my second daughter is now about to outgrow them!
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: 'vintage'soft soled baby shoes on: July 09, 2008 01:36:35 PM
I am very impressed that you sewed these out of leather. Was it difficult? I snapped a needle just sewing my yoga bag...
No it isn't if your machine is sturdy enough ;-) Also laying thin paper under the pieces when you sew, will help transporting the leather and prevent the feed dogs from doing damage to the surface of the leather
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: 'vintage'soft soled baby shoes on: June 11, 2008 09:47:00 AM
Amazing! I want to make shoes like that for me haha
Hey, why not?!? Give it a try and keep us posted!!!
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / 'vintage'soft soled baby shoes on: June 10, 2008 05:04:45 AM
These are my Lucie's first shoes  Grin

They were made from her dad's old leather jacket, stretch binding tape and a pair of cut up insoles. For the pattern I copied my own first shoes that my mum had bronzed some xx years ago (that came in handy now heehee)

Edit:

Thanks all!
kjlutz, I always use my old hand cranked Singer machine and an ordinary needle for sewing leather.

And this is how I came by the pattern:
When I was looking at Mark Jenkins' tutorial for making tape sculptures (http://www.tapesculpture.org/), the idea occurred to me.
Unlike in the paper-or duct tape dressforms this method results in a thin and flexible layer:
easy to see through (for marking details) and easy to cut open very precise.

Here the bronzed original is wrapped in clingfoil and sticky tape


Here it's cut open (along the seamlines of the original shoe) and laid out flat


This is what the final pattern drawn on thin cardboard looks like.


When I made a trial version, the size of the shoe was not right for Lucie, so I downsized and modified it somewhat.
The original had a button closure, and I used Velcro for a more adaptable fit.
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