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ms_metis
« on: November 02, 2009 02:02:01 AM »

This is my first! and I made it without a pattern. I'm a new sewer. Took a class over a year ago.


(excuse the stain, its water)
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2009 05:02:56 AM »

GREAT job! Kids clothes are fun to make, and you can create a lot of patterns on your own by using their store bought clothes as a reference. Keep playing around and having fun with it. She's adorable by the way!! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009 05:04:28 AM »

Oh she is sooo cute!!! I like the fabric you used too! Congratulations on your first post.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009 05:47:01 AM »

Thanks all. This is my first dress....well sort of. I took a sewing class and we made a kids dress. Then I had a girl and decided to try it on my own.

I'm so proud and now I feel like I can make more dresses. I hope my skill improves as I get more completed. I love this site and youtube.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2009 07:03:40 AM »

Great job! I'm new to sewing too and have been teaching myself by designing dresses for my girls. It's so fun!
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ms_metis
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2009 07:09:55 AM »

It is fun and forgiving. You can get something wrong and it still be okay to wear. They grow so fast. I initially tried a pattern and when I got around to "fixing" my mistakes, she was too big for it.

This time, she's wearing the dress and I'll fix the mistakes on the next one. Do wish I would have written down what I did. I just started cutting and sewing. When I wasn't sure how to finish something, I looked at her RTW clothes and copied that. Some RTW clothes are really just "thrown" together.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2009 07:15:03 AM »

I have a sketch book of design ideas and when I actually make one of the dresses I write down all the measurements I used. I do need to be more detailed about the steps I took though because sometimes half way through making something I'll realize I should have sewn cetains pieces first and I forget to write it down for the next time.
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Began teaching myself to sew and design in Aug '09...one dress at a time!

12/2009 My Etsy shop is now open!
http://www.TeenyBunny.etsy.com
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/TeenyBunny
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TeenyBunny
NEW Blog: http://teenybunnyfashion.blogspot.com/
ms_metis
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2009 07:21:34 AM »

I just searched your post. You are amazing and your dresses are so cute. You have a talent. Seriously. I'm nowhere near your skill level. So, I hope we can be friends. I want to learn from you. (Don't laugh)

Tell me how you do it? Your designs are so cute, what inspires you and how do you know what to do. I need to get my little one's measurements. Oh, I love your dresses!

Brenda
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TeenyBunny
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009 07:37:12 AM »

Wow, thank you so much! I've only been sewing for a few months so I'm not sure I've got much to teach. I get inspired by looking at women's clothing. My girls are tall and super skinny so all store bought clothes fit them like a potato sac. I wanted to make things that have some shape and fit. I've still got a lot to learn as I haven't done buttons or zippers yet! Everything I've made so far has elastic in the back to give it a nice fit. It sort of helps though since my girls aren't quite the same size. Curly is wider across the chest/shoulders. Blondie has the most narrow shoulders ever.

I'm pretty good at visualizing what pieces fit together. I look at how the clothes in our closets are constructed. I also get inspired by the fabric itself. Sometimes I can just see in my mind what I want that fabric to turn into. I have a lot of ideas and I'm a little frustrated that I don't have the skills yet to turn my visions into reality.

Just keep practicing. You'll get better and better and learn from each thing that you make. I've learned a lot of what not to do!
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Began teaching myself to sew and design in Aug '09...one dress at a time!

12/2009 My Etsy shop is now open!
http://www.TeenyBunny.etsy.com
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/TeenyBunny
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TeenyBunny
NEW Blog: http://teenybunnyfashion.blogspot.com/
ms_metis
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2009 07:47:24 AM »

We have something in common...buttons and zippers. I bought an old used machine and it didn't come with button hole or the zipper foot. I could try to order one, but havent. So I'm trying to make things without it. I took a class and I do quilt (a little).

I think you are teaching us by just doing it. You are fearless with it. That's great and inspiring. I don't think you need a class to sew. Depending on the person, it can be a crutch. I'm the type that learn by doing. If you tell me how you did it, I can work and figure it out.

I like patterns but they need more pictures for me. That's why I love your post. I can see the detail and say...Oh, that's what she did.

You started in September...2002? Joking. Your clothes look great. My daughter is short and round. She's in the 90+% for weight and in the 10% for height. We are both tall, so I know she'll get taller...but for now. everything that RTW ends up around her waist. It's so funny.
Bren
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