DD really loved this tshirt, but did not like how it bared her belly, so off to Joannes. They happened to have this really lovely burgundy and copper fabric that matched -- hard for the photos to do it justice, but I love this fabric. It was a comedy of errors getting the outfit together, ran part of it under the serger by accident and cut a big hole in it. Made the pants too small because I never use a pattern any more, and can't get my mind to agree that the diva has grown two sizes at least -- had to add ruffles on bottom AND panels on the sides to get them to fit. Yikes. Still, she likes it -- the weight of the purse makes it a bit slanty looking, but it's not. The model wasn't feeling all that cooperative. haha
I made this very summer outfit last week, wish I had gotten it done earlier. Anyway, the Diva loved it. The halter, picked up for $1 at a consignment store (I love to find the clearance rejects and give them a new home, it's my hobby, lol) was the inspiration for the outfit -- it came embroidered, just needed a bit more fabric added to cover bare belly. The pants were simple, just making each tier 1.5X larger than the last one. The jackets is where I use up my scraps. I keep a supply of denim jackets on hand for that purpose, all found at thrift stores. White denim is an especially versatile find -- I get excited when I see one of those! haha
My three girls went to ice skating camp last week, and they notify us on WEDNESDAY that the girls need to wear black pants for the finale number on FRIDAY (thanks ice rink, lol). Maybe most little girls have black pants, but only my oldest had some. The solution in this house is always Goodwill, but all they had was two pair of size 6X/7 pants, which fit neither child. So, I cut the bottom six inches off one pair, and banded them with a little flashy silver fabric -- I narrowed up the legs quite a bit -- they are still a little largish on her bum, even though I took in the waist several inches, but there are pockets, and I didn't feel like messing with that. For the other dd, (not pictured because she did not wear her pants today when I took them to the rink again), I added about a four inch band of silver, and then the bottom of the other pants. They were both pleased as punch.
I did just freehand it, mostly because I am too cheap to buy a pattern. lol I looked online and found someplace that showed a photo of a pattern, and it just looked like a fat "J" with the curve of the "J" curling up and pointing towards the right, about two thirds of the way up. I made a template out of a Cheerios box. lol If I were just starting with that pattern, I'd save the jeans until after I had done a skirt -- the larger curves of the skirt are much easier to piece together than the tighter curves of the jeans spirals. I've seen a pattern online that looks a lot more like a snail, but I've been happy with my fat "J". It's also referred to as a "redondo" skirt, if you're googling. Thanks for the nice complements. I'll add a photo I found of another couple of pieces.
I saw these cute, summer fabric placemats at the dollar store, and thought I'd make "something" out of them. Grabbed the tshirt that just happened to match near the register. I just shirred the heck out of the top, joined the sides, and added some scraps of fabric for straps. For the capris, just did some basic pants, but cut several strips of tshirt off the bottom of the shirt first, and ruched it to make ruffles and flower. Ruching (if that's how you spell it) in this case just means gathering it up the center and sewing it down. I roll hemmed the edges first (but you wouldn't necessarily have to since tshirt doesn't unravel), and used elastic thread in my bobbin for an easy gather. I like this so much, I went back to the dollar store and bought a set in hot pink (made a headband to match with some of that fabric since I did a ruffly skirt), and a set in bright blue. Check the dollar store near you! Catherine
I like to make dd stuff that all matches so she has an easier time dressing herself. Here's my brown and aqua stuff, and there's a couple more pieces of it, another shirt, some embellished jeans and a twirly skirt. The jeans jackets are my favorite way to use up my scraps. The spiral jeans are made the same as a spiral skirt, just smaller -- mine are six panels each. I made a template on an old cereal box and cut them out six at a time. The capris unbutton to fold down and be regular jeans if she wants. ) The model is giving it her best "runway attitude", lol! Catherine
I made these two for Christmas presents for my youngest two girls. I also made two "Build-a-Poppet" kits, with pre-sewn parts and a coupon good for help with the difficult bits. I really like marabou for boy hair, and will probably use that again. I made the boy out of a non-stretchy suede, and he was much easier to sew, stuff, etc. I made the girl out of a stretchier microsuede, so she turned out much longer. I liked the non-stretchy material and results much better. These guys don't really have names yet. Thanks ghilie for putting this doll-making within my "reach" -- I make lots of clothing for my dd, and even helped my girls make Waldorf dolls from kits, but I would never have imagined that I could do this. All is now "demystified" and I feel like I could make many, alter the pattern, teach others, whatever! lol Catherine
Crossing fingers, first post on here, not good with the photo uploading thing -- it may not work. If all goes well, you'll see two pair of deco shoes, one to match a pirates outfit, and one to match doggy clothing. I find it's a great way to use up scraps and get matching shoes, and not so hard as I thought it might be. On the pirates, I put in ribbon for laces, and glued (with E6000) some gems over the holes I didn't use. A skull brad through the ribbon completed the look.
The doggy ones are decoupaged the same way, but I added some blue ribbon and a D-ring to look like a dog collar, and then found some neat dog tags in the scrapbooking section of the craft store -- hope you enjoy! *****edit**** I just tried to look at the doggy shoes, and they show up as the pirate shoes, but if you click "previous", you'll see 'em. )