I say replace the logo on the front with something cute like RAWR! or MEOW! or... something I don't know what colours the shirt is, but make a rectangle out of a complementary colour knit and applique the letters onto the rectangle in a second complementary colour, then stitch the rectangle over the logo. For the thing on the butt, I agree with the others. Cut the bottom off and apply a band in one of the two complementary fabrics.
I also like the idea of cutting out the neckline and inserting a false camisole so that it's not too indecent, depending on how low you'd have to cut it.
If they are at the end of their life, you can carefully cut off the seams, iron the pieces, and then trace the pieces. You will have to add extra for new seams, though. Depending on how the waistband is made, you may need to add extra to the top for folding it over, or make a separate waistband piece. Try to save the old elastic, but if it's attached with like 8 lines of stitching, you can buy new elastic for quite cheap.
The flannel from the old shorts will make great rags for cleaning mirrors and windows, or you can recycle it into cloth pads, small plush toys, or a case for a camera/Nintendo DS/cellphone.
Those are awesome! I think you should try selling them as cabinet knobs first and see if someone wants them for their true purpose. Don't finish them though, just offer to mount them as knobs. They would make a neat serving tray if they were fused together in the same orientation, sort of pop-art-like. If they weren't glass, they'd be cool joined together as a belt, but I bet they're too brittle for that. Or how bout curtain weights? I counted them, and it looks like 24, so what about a clock? Sort of along the lines of one of them atomic mirror things, but a clock with these doohickies radiating outwards.
Shame about the order being canceled, those are wicked cool looking
The question is, will your mom even know what the heck it's about? Will you have to explain what a hongkong finish or french seam is? Is she capable of quizzing you on your construction order? Or is it that she just wants some sort of confirmation from you that you're totally serious about this path?
I say, temporarily forget about your mother's approval, and take on some simple projects but using advanced techniques. For example, you could make the Coffee Date Dress (which is adorable!) either fully lined or with hongkong finished seams. Or make a cushion cover to tackle a trimming technique you've never used before, like making and inserting piping, or gathering lace. And when your mom asks you what you've been working on, launch into the most detailed account of what you've done. "Well today, I used my sloper to adjust the bodice and then I made a mockup, but I'm not happy with the dart placement." Or "I spent all day practicing hand-stitching bias trim. You can really tell the difference from the beginning to the end! See what I mean? *show mom*" Probably not a bad idea to practice techniques you already know but need to improve, like putting in zippers.
I think the thing you really need to impress her with is your passion for learning and doing, so do it
I'm so glad everyone loves the robot as much as I do! *hugs the robot*
Girl X: I think my lumps stand out so much because the waist curve begins about 2 inches above my waist, cuz a little girl's torso is way shorter than mine The side panels are just 3 inch wide rectangles not including the seam allowances.
Interfacing is awesome. If you can't find a good interfacing, a couple layers of muslin or broadcloth, or a single layer of say, a thin twill or denim, usually will do the job. The goal is to take the strain of the seams off the fashion fabric, which tends to be more delicate than a tightly woven cotton of some kind. You do what's called flat-lining, where you just stitch the support fabric to the back side of the fashion fabric with your stitching in the seam allowance (eg at 3/8s if your seam line is supposed to be at 5/8s) cuz then you won't see the stitch line when you sew it all up. Then you treat the supported waistband exactly the same as you normally would.
Your dress sounds really cute, by the way! I hope it turns out the way you want