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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2008 11:23:48 AM »

I am anti name brand, i am cheap, i find funky vintage materials in jumble sales and finally i think my daughter would look cute in a flour sack lol!!!
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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2008 12:05:35 PM »

I have a DD who is tiny. She just turned 5 and only weighs 28 lbs. It is VERY hard to clothe her. She is just getting into 4 tops since she's growing a bit taller but then they fall of her teeny tiny shoulders. Her pants - well just forget it LOL Last summer we did dresses 99.9% of the time. She can wear an 18/24 size but needs a 3 for length. Of course the 18/24 has too much room in the booty since its sized for dipes and she's definitely out of those Wink

So I have decided to dig out my sewing machine and start stitching up some cute stuff for her. My 6 yo on the other hand loves loves loves super cute girly girl outfits and they're very hard to find in stores. I can't afford to pay $75+ for a dress for her so she will sit w/ me and peruse websites and pick out stuff she likes. Right now her wish is for a frog print pinafore & dress with tons of ruffles - should be cute if I can get past all that gathering LOL
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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2008 05:14:25 PM »

I have a DD who is tiny. She just turned 5 and only weighs 28 lbs. It is VERY hard to clothe her. She is just getting into 4 tops since she's growing a bit taller but then they fall of her teeny tiny shoulders. Her pants - well just forget it LOL Last summer we did dresses 99.9% of the time. She can wear an 18/24 size but needs a 3 for length. Of course the 18/24 has too much room in the booty since its sized for dipes and she's definitely out of those Wink

So I have decided to dig out my sewing machine and start stitching up some cute stuff for her. My 6 yo on the other hand loves loves loves super cute girly girl outfits and they're very hard to find in stores. I can't afford to pay $75+ for a dress for her so she will sit w/ me and peruse websites and pick out stuff she likes. Right now her wish is for a frog print pinafore & dress with tons of ruffles - should be cute if I can get past all that gathering LOL

You may want to consider investing in a ruffler foot.  I think I paid $15 for one and it is so worth it!  I would love to hear about what patterns you use for your teeny daughter since I have one of those too. 
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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2008 01:21:53 PM »

Wow, how sad. I had no idea that so many people hated what's out there today. I have a 15 year old daughter and she buys on a budget so she doesn't get everything but we do what we can. I don't see her or any of her friends in anything inappropriate. In fact, they love to buy little summer dresses from Alloy, Delias, F21 and Target. They like to look pretty and cute but not slutty so I'm a little shocked that everyone thinks the clothes for 7 and under are hoochie! Strange. I guess I'm not looking in the same stores. As for advertising, they love to wear tees from the music they like. She has Hush Sound, Beatles, and Fall Out Boy because she is proud to wear them. They don't say anything bad, just the brand. She also does her own advertising like Smoking being a lame way to die, and Save Ferris cuz she's an 80's freek. I don't think anyone would look at her and think she's inappropriate! At least I hope not. She doesn't like the girls that wear short shorts and mini minis either!

Anyway, to answer the question, I make things because I love to and because I like to challenge myself to do it as good if not better than the stores out there. I don't feel like the quality is there with a lot of stores anymore. As for their point of view, I try to show them that they can have the same look and do it themselves. It will be made cheaper, made better and it will be one of a kind! ;o)
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« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2008 02:10:27 PM »

One man's trash is another man's treasure. What you find appropriate I may not & vice versa. Also, many of the people posting in this thread have children under age 8- so take that as you will. Mine are 6 & 3 1/2.

I think it's less a fear of hoochie mama stuff for young children so much as preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'Walkingbilboardaphobia.') There are specific stores I avoid coughGAPcough that absolutely everything in it has the name brand plastered all over. I want my kids to learn to appreciate good quality first, then if they consistently find quality in a certain brand they are welcome to have it as a favorite. Buying a brand just because it'preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'sthehotthingrightnoweverybody')'preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'sgotoneOMGgottahaveit')!! turns me off in a big way. I want my kids to think, even about their clothes.

Some stores are more oriented toward what's popular overlooking the age range that the sizes fit. I've seen some apallingly low cut jeans on elementary school kids, short tops (belly shirts), low cut tank tops, really short shorts, obscenely short mini skirts, makes me sad that these parents want such a grown up look on their little kids, why the rush? I found trendy colors and styles without my daughters cheeks hanging out of her skirt. Actually the super low cut jeans I find unattractive even on svelt 18 year olds, let alone the muffin top offenders, how they got to be popular I don't understand, but meh.

Admittedly we all (parents of girls) fall prey once in a while to the skirt that was decent last month suddenly being way shorter than you want your daughter to wear, and not realizing it till she's getting out of the car in it... but when the super short skirt is paired with a cut off tank top and the kid says "look at my new outfit" it was with parents consent.

I guess more than anything else I want my girls to  be comfortable in their own skins, I use good eating & hygene habits as one leg of that confidence building but picking and choosing fashion trends according to what looks good on them is a really big part of that for me. Knowing what a good fit feels like makes wearing clothes more fun. Knowing what kind of cuts look good on your shape is a wealth of knowledge that saves wasted time in dressing rooms. Knowing what colors are flattering on you can help you always look good, even if it's just a tee shirt. I'm teaching my girls these same lessons. I may not be super trendy, I wear pretty basic stuff most of the time, but my clothes fit me well and are decent quality.

This is wandering greatly, but it does refer back to the OT, it's why many of us sew for our children. Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2008 03:28:40 PM »

There are tons of gorgeous clothes for under 7's.  I don't think anyone said all clothes in stores are inappropriate.  My biggest problem is that I have a 6 year old wearing a size 10 and its difficult to find appropriate and affordable clothing for her.
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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2008 06:32:38 PM »

1) I do like that my DD (3yo) says she wants to wear a top/skirt/dress because Mummy made it.  There is one dress I made, that whilst very good from a technical POV, I find it too fussy, but she loves it so she wears it.

2) For potty training, skirts or dresses were the way to go - made it much easier & quicker to avoid accidents.  Plus some skirts are very easy to make, and plenty are required for the inevitable accidents.  Even now (she goes off to the loo by herself) some trousers (all shop bought) can be a bit challenging for her to undo. 

3) I like to personalise items (initials, never name)

4) I have the problem where I can see something in the shops and think I can make that, only issue there are not enough hours in the day to actually get around to it every time

5) I like to experiment with new sewing techniques, and children clothes are a good canvas to try them out on.

6) I have bought tonnes of fabric, so have got to justify (to DH) the purchases and reasoning to buy more.  Grin
 
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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2008 07:13:30 AM »

I love to design clothes and designing for little girls is pretty easy.  The sizing and fit is easier to accomplish.  My kids (3 and 4) are also on the skinny side, so it is nice to be able to make clothes that don't fall off of them.  My daughter will proudly say that mommy made her outfit, mostly because people gush over how cute she is wearing her new dress/outfit (...and she is of course! Wink ).  Mostly, I just like to customize clothing and give them something unique that doesn't break the bank. 
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« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2008 08:33:01 AM »

::Applauds Penlowe::!!!  That was fantastically said.

For my two cents, I don't have kids, yet, but I sew for my friends' kids, and will sew for my kids, mostly for the joy of sewing.  And little kids are always so appreciative. 

Added to the fact that an unnamed store has apparently become the "Hannah Montana store" (with the branding) and no child of mine will ever walk around in a shirt (or, Godforbid, booty shorts!) that says "Brat" or some such nonsense.  When did being a brat become a good thing?  Also that they make booty shorts for kids...that's just wrong.  And in my humble opinion, there are a few skirts out there (in every store!) that ought to come with bloomers.
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« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2010 05:13:03 PM »

I love, love LOVE to sew!  OMG, I kick myself every day for not teaching myself 20 years earlier how to sew!  Or taking a sewing class in school!!!!  ARGH!!!!!!!!!

I don't have an aversion to the types/brands/characters.  My daughter's have tons of t-shirt dresses (recons).  I go to the thrift store, find shirts with cute fronts, brand names - I see lots of Old Navy.... Pepsi.... BUY-I...(altho I'm not mormon, and DO have an aversion to the religion.... or more the corporate side of the religion).  I get big sizes, adult Medium, or Large for my 5 year old - she does run smaller than her age, and XL or preferably XXL for my 10 year old (also runs smaller in size, but taller than a weed next to a grasshopper!)  I make them more form fitting in the bodice, and at the lower waist, I make them flare, bringing them down to their knees or mid-thigh.  They usually wear the tall boots, or leggins, so there's not ever too much leg showing, but they are cutsie little legs! lol

I started teaching myself to sew this year because I have a 5 year old with a princess complex now in kindergarten.  I absolutely LOVE the "bella" type look - altho I don't know if that's the right word for it.  The pants with the ruffle at the bottom, the kind of sun dress type tops, peasant tops/dresses underneath to give it that petticoat type look.  I keep waiting for the school to send a note home "please dress River in clothes that are a little more appropriate for kindergarten," but so far, haven't gotten one.  She also has her hair done...every morning.  Messy sock buns are the quickest, easiest, and the CUTEST - especially with those little twisty rhinestone things set around it. 

So I guess my reason for sewing for my children is selfish.  I want all of her friends and friends' parents to look at her and what she is wearing and say "OMG!  That is just the cutest thing I've ever seen!"  How awful of me is that?Huh? lol

NOW... my 11 year old, on the other hand...... would definitely choose to hold a snake than be forced into some frilly dress....... *le sigh*
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