The very first moment I laid eyes on my baby when she was born I thought, "Oh, she looks just like an Indian doll!" I wanted her to be an Indian for Halloween last year but didn't have time to make her a costume. This year I searched many stores and couldn't find a pre-made Indian costume in her size, so I had to make it. I'm really happy with it, and I think I'll be making her Halloween costumes from now on:
The top I drafted using a dress she already had, but I ran into trouble when her big ol' baby head wouldn't fit through the neck opening. Once I fixed that, the rest was no problem. The pants I made from a capri-pant pattern which I modified. The headband has velcro on the back so it's adjustable.
Our parks and recreation hosted it's second ever "Doggy Dip Day." It's a day to bring the dogs down to the Spring Fed pool and let them loose for a few hours of fun. We went to the first one back in the spring, and it went over so well, PARD decided to do it again! Only this time, the invitation read, "Costumes Required." I whipped up a bikini for my friend's Boston Terrier, June, and a dress for my labrador, Latte.
And they ended up winning second and first place because nobody else dressed their dogs up!
So, here's the photographic goodness (click for larger. Images hosted at FLICKR). First, June's bikini (I'd made it with her measurements, but it ended up being too big, and my friend had to keep the skirt off when she was swimming so we wouldn't lose it. I should have used elastic):
Next, my Latte dog (I made this using three of my old, ugly, free t-shirts that I never wore, and designed it on the fly, using no pattern, and just the dog as my form--yay for passive doggies!).
And, action! Oh, and Latte's dress was much more form-fitting till she went swimming with it, but it held up pretty good! Also, she won the flowery lay (sp?) as part of her prize.
just a note, m5089 is not a stitch n save pattern, although it IS a baby dress. i think the pattern was m5367...i only noticed cause i was thinking, i could make this for my preggers friend, it's soooo cute!
Oops! Thanks for pointing that out! Actually, it's 5079. Heh.. my brain's broken.
Before my baby was born, I made her this dress from McCall's Easy Stitch 'n Save pattern M5089 Oops! I mean M5079:
It called for a lining, but I just made mine reversible, with two sets of bloomers.
My girl's finally grown enough to fit (she's grown very slowly) and give me an action shot . . . but she hates hats now, so this was the only shot I could get of the complete outfit:
Then, a friend of mine and my sister-in-law announced their pregnancies, so I made two taggy blankets:
Also, my sister-in-law was curious about the sling in which I carry my baby. A lady in MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) gave me mine as a gift when I had my girl, and I use it A LOT. So, I used mine as a pattern, and I sewed a ring sling for my sister-in-law, whose baby was born a month early, so I had to get it done quicker than I'd planned! Here's me and my girl (who is a sling PRO!) modeling the ring sling I made:
Whatever happened to this swap? I was looking forward to seeing more case ideas. Anyway, I had contacted my partner, binkin, a while back, and she confirmed receipt, so here's a picture of the case I sent to her:
A'ight, so I wasn't going to do a February craft because I couldn't think of anything red to make. But, I kept seeing all y'all's cool crafts, and this is my first craft-along, so I couldn't dare skip a month! I decided to look through my fabric stash and said to myself, "If I have any red fabrics, I'll make something for Edith." I found this leftover Hawaiian print from some shorts I made my husband a few years ago, and it was enough! I plan to make a matching headband for her and for me. Oh! I did french seams for the first time ever. They look nice, but they don't work too well around corners. Anyone got any tips on that?
I finally got my January craft done. With a new baby in the house, it takes me much longer to finish my crafts! I bought this sheet at a garage sale some years ago, and it's been sitting in my fabric stash just waiting to be transformed. I decided to make it into a dress when I got the Simplicity 4531 pattern on sale at Hancock for two bucks, and I'd hoped to get it completed for my "rainbow craft" (although it doesn't have purple in it). The only alteration I made to the pattern was that I gave the dress a lining (the sheet fabric was quite thin). It's a bit tight, and I'm not so comfortable showing all that skin up top, so I plan to get a cardigan sweater to wear over it. The dress: