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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Grandma's Old Wool Skirt Into... on: December 03, 2008 06:26:38 PM
Once upon a time 9 or so years ago my grandma gave me 3 garbage cans of old wool clothes.  I'm slowly going through, donating, purging, re-conning.   

Front of Skirt - it's a size 0 or 2 


Back w/a kicky little pleat



DD's Thanksgiving Dress/Jumper (She's dancing here)


Soooo...can I see myself in the camera yet?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Praying Mantis, Baby Kitty and Dragon walk into a bar... on: October 31, 2008 08:56:47 PM
...just kidding, even stacked on top of each other they wouldn't pass for a grown-up.

After deciding that they wanted to be the scarecrow, lion and Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.  So I bought patterns and started on the Dorothy dress.  Then of course they changed their minds.  And decided they wanted to be a Praying Mantis (ds1) Baby Kitty (ds2) and that dd should be a dinosaur because she's always knocking their careful constructed buildings/cities/train layouts over. 

W/out further ado...


3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine for Kids? on: October 25, 2008 03:56:04 PM
My son found this sewing machine in a catalog and really wants it for the Holidays. 

Any thoughts?  Is it a 'good' machine?  Ds1 is 5.5 years old and very good w/his hands.  He loves to watch me sew (his first word was 'again' when I was using the serger when he was about 18months and I had stopped).

Anyone have this machine for their child?  Would a cheap sewing machine be better?  (Recommendations?)

http://www.youngexplorers.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=Y730151

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Cape Fabric? on: August 12, 2008 11:03:17 AM
Ds1 & 2 have entered the cape phase.  And after the 14th time of going to the closet/kitchen drawer for a towel only to see it fly by, attached to a random flying lemur or flying lion I have decided that the time has come for cape making.  But when invisibility fabric and bulletproof cotton is out of stock what does one make a cape out of? Huh
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kitschy Fourth of July Clothes I made... on: July 05, 2008 08:10:09 PM
Ok, long time lurker, first time poster over here

The boys' shorts are opposite colors and then because all pants need "hockets" (pockets) there is an opposite color patch pocket on the leg. DD's is an aline w/some appliqu. Hers is a bit big and dh had to do the buttonholes because I suck but I think total kitsch overkill was achieved!

They're looking at one of the 4(!) ice cream trucks that were driving around and wondering why the truck was playing such loud music! Ha! I have taught my children well. Anguschick1 - 1 Ice Cream Man 0

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Lemur fabric on: April 30, 2008 01:09:41 PM
We were at the zoo recently and now my boys are obsessed w/lemurs.  Not just any lemurs, the ring-tail lemurs (black and white stripes on the tail.)  I figure I'll make little vests and attach tails for easy on/off.

I can find zebra stripe fabric, but lemurs' tails are more concentric, same sized circles.  Anyone have some and care to share where they got it?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Fabric for Kids Clothes on: January 31, 2008 01:30:37 PM
What's your favorite fabric for dressier baby/kids clothes?  And where do you get it?

I was using some cotton that I'd picked up at Joanne's or Hobby Lobby, but the results always look "made by mama" (and not in a good way) so I was wondering if I'm using th wrong fabric as well as having poor sewing skills.

Also - what fabric would you make something like this out of? http://www.hartstrings.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/categoryID/f970e685-67aa-4752-b807-fdb03d07c52a/productID/5145295c-db53-455f-a691-858ed313b8cd/

Tia!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Cutting Question on: November 28, 2007 08:05:51 AM
I've picked my pattern.

I've washed my fabric.

I've ironed my fabric.

It's 45"wide, I need to cut a 4.5" wide strip across the width - my cutting mat is 36" - Can I fold my fabric in half & then cut my strips?  Or is that just inviting trouble?

This is the same issue I run into when sewing w/patterns - Hello, my name is Em and cutting fabric scares the pants off me.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / My first quilt - so naturally some questions on: November 08, 2007 07:30:59 PM
Ok, long time lurker, first time poster.

I want to make this quilt here for my eldest for Christmas.  http://www.quilting101.com/making/quilt-top-assembly.html

How much of each fabric would I need for a twin sized quilt?  Or where is there a formula to figure that out?

Is there a simpler 9-patch-esque pattern out there?

Tia!
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