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31  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / birthday dress from 50's vintage pattern on: May 25, 2010 06:18:06 PM
I decided to make this dress for a little friend's birthday.  The pattern is dated 1953 and is a size 6:


And the dress, with alterations made for convenience:


Some changes had to be made to make it practical.  The pattern measurements were huge and had to be taken in - and the little girl was a size 7!  This meant taking out some of the poofy gather in the skirt but it made the dress a lot easier to sew and to wear.

The back closure was made for buttons or snaps, and I changed that to a zipper.  I added the bow sashes on the sides instead of a cummberbund and bustle.  I also incorporated a simple gathered, trimmed petticoat into the lining of the dress.  The petticoat the pattern illustrations called for would have been far too cumbersome. 

The fabric is yellow poly cotton with tiny flowers (an incredibly lucky find on ebay - I'd been looking for the same print for YEARS) with white cotton lining.  Little miss looked like such a lady.

bodice - here you can see the midriff piece:


back view:


action shot (passes the twirl test!):


32  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fairytale Chic - Pattern now available on: May 13, 2010 12:05:35 AM
Hi guys!  Quick update -  the freebie pattern for this hooded capelet is now available here:

http://www.summerfaire.com/2011/03/red-riding-hood.html


Thanks Smiley
March 9, 2011





I while back I posted a fur capelet; here if you wanted a look - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345771.0  Have finally gotten around to making a lighter version, this time sporting a hood.  Made from red broderie anglaise with french seams.  It is light, so good for days with a cool breeze.  The curved shoulder seams make the fabric flow nicely.  My daughter tells me it's comfy to wear.  She immediately wanted to do the whole 'Red Riding Hood' thing, apron and all, so off we went to an empty paddock down the road.  The cows and horses were most amused to see her prancing around Smiley



  
33  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES / Bad @$$ craftster jeans on: May 05, 2010 08:32:29 PM



Loving Craftster as much as I do there is no way I could sit this challenge out! 

A combination of applique (the usual and reverse kind) messy stitching, buttons, beads, fabric crayons...and a little hot glue.  Mostly done by hand, though I did use the machine to work the reverse applique.  The image has a little bit of different crafty things that I like.  Couldn't fit them all in, so I settled for a needle and thread, buttons, beads, a paintbrush and a pencil. 

The words on the ribbon say 'I run with scissors'. Cheesy  The 'roses' are made from craft felt scraps.  I used heavy cotton for the reverse applique and distressed it a little with brown ink and yellow fabric crayon - the detail isn't great in the pics but you get the idea. 



The front...



The rose on the little pocket:



The back... and another scissor-pirate on the pocket.  Hence the 'bad @$$'.






34  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / "Fur" Capelet on: April 27, 2010 05:20:45 PM



Made this for my lovely niece, from one of the vintage childrens' patterns in my collection.  My daughter is modelling it here.  Obviously is fake fur, 'white beaver' was the label.  Lined with white satin.  There is a large snap closure; the button is decorative only.  I really didn't want to work a button hole through the fur! 







One thing I found interesting about the pattern; the shoulder seams are curved, so if the fabric were lighter, the capelet would have a beautiful drape.  I intend to try it in with lined cotton next, maybe add a hood.  I saw some really nice red broderie anglaise in the fabric store...

35  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Working with silk...advice needed! on: April 16, 2010 12:56:54 AM
I have a lovely piece of 100% silk in my stash - it's very fine, soft and floaty, with a beautiful lustre.  There's about 2 metres of it (gold with peach roses, tres girly.)  It was a lucky find in a box of fabric I bought at a garage sale.  Totally unexpected amid the heavy plaids and granny's-brunch-coat-polyester I thought I was purchasing - and so I am totally unprepared.   

Never having worked with silk before I could really use some tips.  What sort of thread / needle / etc should be used?  Does it need to be dry cleaned or otherwise treated before I cut it?  Do I need to store it in a particular manner?  Any other advice?  I am freaking out at the thought of ruining it! 


           
36  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Easter outfits? on: April 05, 2010 04:48:21 PM
Hi all,

I've noticed a lot of posts about Easter outfits for kids... is this a tradition I've not come across before, or just another reason to sew fun stuff?

37  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Buying a set of french curves in Australia? on: March 30, 2010 05:16:18 PM
Just a quick question - any Aussies know where I can pick up a set of french curve rulers and other handy tools?  I live in the middle of nowhere, QLD and therefore do much of my shopping online.  So far my enquiries have not gotten very far. 

Thanks in advance!

38  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dress recon for a little lady on: March 29, 2010 01:31:58 AM


I picked up a ladies' size 6 dress from Valley Girl, bargain for just $9.  No, not for me - but with a little modification, perfect for my daughter.  It had a deep v neck and bust shaping in the empire waist seam.  There are no sleeves, but dreamy flounces hang softly across the shoulders, down the neckline and also down the back.  The alterations were twenty minutes work tops.  At the end we had a gorgeous, inexpensive dress to fit a girls' size 7.

First we had to take up the v neck - it was way too 'boobylicious' (her words...).  Then we took in the armhole a little as it hung out awkwardly.  The bust shaping had to go so we raised the empire waist another 2cm.  That put all that shaping in the seam waste and it got trimmed off.  The last thing to do was put a piece of stretchy white stuff in the back so that the lace panel wasn't playing peek-a-boo.

To illustrate...



I took a ridiculous amount of pictures but I will try to restrain myself to the most useful:

Full dress:


The flounces falling over the shoulder:


The back view:

 
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mahaha, I wear the pants! Just... not as pants. on: March 26, 2010 08:00:46 PM
Found a lovely pair of mens' trousers at a department store, cotton in chocolate brown with a tiny blue pinstripe, and I snatched them up because the fabric screamed 'Doctor Who'.  For ages (...3 years...) they sat in a box because I couldn't think what to do with them... until Octoberfest last year when I decided I wanted a dirndl inspired vest!

Basically, I undid all the seams in the trousers, took apart the pocket flaps and waistband so I had all the loops and button holes at my disposal (they were nicely worked button holes).  Going through my pattern stash, I got a few construction ideas from McCall's Costumes 2806 and got to work!

What had been the legs and seat became the body of the vest.  There are two darts in the front and two in the back for shaping.  The waistband was too wide and too long, so I fixed that and rearranged the belt loops to fit.  The buttonholes were on lovely pointed flaps so I used one of them for the front button closure of the vest.  I had to make hook-and-eye tape, which made my eye twitch cause it took ages.  Then I sewed that into a blue cotton lining.  If I could embroider I would have made some pretty black roses on the lining, right against the hooks and eyes.... sigh! 


Here we are, wearing it with a blue cotton dress and a necklace that I never wear around my neck.  Looks like I forgot to do up one of the hooks... woops!:


The front, on a white shirt cause it's easier to take photos when I'm not wearing the silly thing:


The hook-and-eye closure.  See where I wanted the embroidery?:


The back.  If I was in the mood to graffiti, I'd make a stencil and spray paint somewhere back there 'all mad here' (Alice quotes are fun!):


The fabric.  Not a great representation of the colours, but best I could do:


40  COOKING / Dessert / Vanilla Pudding Cupcakes on: March 25, 2010 05:45:09 PM
Tried something new this time... I took the basic vanilla buttercake recipe and added extra milk and a packet of Cottee's instant vanilla pudding mix.  The cupcakes were denser than usual but had a lovely texture - moist, a tiny bit sticky, but still light enough that you could eat a few without feeling heavy or sick.



125g butter (or margarine)
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 - 2 cups SR flour
1/2 - 1 1/2 c milk
1 packet of Cottee's instant vanilla pudding, 100g

Dump everything in a bowl and mix with electric beaters about 4 miuntes, add extra milk if you need to.  The mix should be pale and fluffy.  Spoon into prepared cupcake pans, bake at 180C for 20 - 25 mins.  Cool before frosting.
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