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kittykatt
« on: June 10, 2007 11:13:34 AM »

hi
i have a 7 year old aspiring designer....i have no knowledge in this....can anyone recommend a good book or kit for her?Huh
i was looking for something that she can use with fabric like there was in the 80's it was a barbie fashion designer but they don't make that anymore.....any help is truly appreciated...thank you -kittykatt
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2007 11:18:02 AM »

Well, you can let her fashion doodle and look at the fashion doodles in the Art section of Craftster. You can even let her look at high-end designers and let her think how they made it, construction, etc.

Then when she feels she is ready, you can let her make clothes. If she still isn't ready to construct a shirt from scratch, she can always reconstruct them and there are tons of tutorials on here.

Good luck to your seven-year-old. I would like to see what she makes. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2007 11:20:17 AM »

Why not make a very simply dress with her. you can either work on the pattern together or get one from the store. Whichever way, i would suggest letting her make all the major decisions and then you restrain yourself from doing more than helping her execute them. That's at least what i do with my wee cousins.
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2007 12:02:22 PM »

Well, you can let her fashion doodle and look at the fashion doodles in the Art section of Craftster. You can even let her look at high-end designers and let her think how they made it, construction, etc.

Then when she feels she is ready, you can let her make clothes. If she still isn't ready to construct a shirt from scratch, she can always reconstruct them and there are tons of tutorials on here.

Good luck to your seven-year-old. I would like to see what she makes. Smiley
as WIPs said, have a look at the fashion doodling thread, here's the link http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125725.0 there's so many different styles and illustrations and doodles throughout the whole thread.

You could always attempt to make one of her designs together out of old clothes Cheesy by showing her what you can do with old clothes will inspire her loads... If I'm being honest I only really discovered reconstruction last year when I joined craftster :s lol...

Sorry I've got no ideas tonight.. artists block, got too much work to do, but if I have any ideas I'll let you know.

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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2007 05:35:22 PM »

I spent many years pre-patterns and recons sewing patchwork "crazy" quilted pillows from my mother's scrap pile.  Give her a scrap pile, teach her to use a mahine, and have at it.

Also, if/when she is comfortable with a machine, doll clothing is an excellent place to start.  The pieces are small, so they don't take much fabric or require long unending gathers/hems.  She can follow doll clothing patterns (I did cabbage patch clothing -- that dates me, I guess...) or make up her own.  It's pretty quick gratification, methinks.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2007 07:23:46 AM »

My daughters (ages 7-12) love to make doll clothes too. I've given them their own box of scraps, old clothes to cut up and they've learned to love the remnant section at Fabricland.  I also take buttons and such off of old clothes so making the doll clothes is very inexpensive. I taught my oldest DD to use the sewing machine and now she is teaching her younger sisters!

We managed to find some books that had basic patterns to photocopy which we scanned and printed for them. From there they just need to adjust the patterns to their imaginations and have loads of fun with it. Often their friends come over and they play "Fashion Designers" together!
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007 04:26:02 PM »

I remember my mom had a HUGE bag of elastic, ric-rak, etc. that she got for like a dollar tops at a yard sale... we created soo much stuff from that, and I think there's still some left Shocked

Of course, if she's thinking of something a little bigger than an elastic dress for a kelly doll.... I'd say be on the lookout for cheap fabric/remnants that she can mutilate all she wants, either with needle and thread and/or a sewing machine (if you think she's mature enough to handle it and if you're prepared to fix small things like bobbing problems, etc).

Also, look for books with patterns (I don't know what's out there, but I know they have like doll clothes and stuff) at your local library-it's free and a good place to start at the very least.

Good luck!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2007 09:06:16 AM »

wow....thats so great thanks you guys for the fabulous ideas...i was never lucky enuff to do that with my mom.....it sounds like really good advice and alot better than what you get out of a book or kit....
i will keep you posted.....with pics and updates Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2007 10:37:39 AM »

All the scrap fabric and doll clothing stuff is an excellent idea, but I though I'd chip in that if she wants to sew something for herself, Lambys Gothic Lolita Dress could be a very nice place to start. It's very easy, very  cute and gives a very nice start to understanding how patterns work. She might need a little help with the zipper, but other than that I think it's a great pattern for a little girl.

Also, I just want to add a little "YOU ROCK!" for supporting her the way you do. Can't wait to see what she makes Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2007 11:56:16 AM »

These are all great ideas.  I know I got my sewing start with remnants and doll clothes as well. 
One other suggestion if you want something that is actually a kit is Fashion Angels.  (http://www.fashionangels.com).  This company has paper dolls that come with fabric and patterns for designing clothes as well as other fashion related activity kits like a sketch pad that comes with doll silhouettes and clothing design templates.  Slightly more expensive than the remnant pile but I think these toys are quite fun.
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