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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Girl Pants on: April 19, 2013 09:56:45 AM
I made some pants for my daughter and my niece. They are both a difficult fit due to having very large thighs. So, I made two styles of pants that worked better for their thigh issues.

I made these tiered pants. They ended up super cute. (The top is Mayfly's Smocket. http://www.themayfly.com/weblog/2007/02/happy_smocket.html)

And then I also made some of these super easy wide leg ruffle pants. (The hedgehog ones are about a size 7 and the pink/cupcake ones are about an 18 month size.)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boy's Spring Pants and Ties on: April 19, 2013 09:50:34 AM
My boys asked me to sew something for them for Easter. I guess they get a little jealous that I make so many of their sister's clothes and not so much for them. So, I made some super cute and easy linen drawstring pants and some neckties. I misplaced my necktie pattern, so I had to wing it and reinvent the wheel. The new way is so much easier than my old way and much more durable for the little guys. (My boys very much dislike fake ties. They insist on real ties that actually tie. They're little old persnickety men.)

I also made my daughter a little peasant underdress with a ruffle and an apron dress to go over the top. She loved it.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dortje Pants- BOY!!! on: September 20, 2010 08:59:25 AM
After I made the Dortje pants (from Sewing Clothes Kids Love) for my daughter, I was pretty convinced the pattern would work for boy or girl, even though the book specifically says they are "girl" pants. I had this adorable bottom-weight owl fabric that I was planning to make something cute for my son, so I made him some Dortje pants! I really think it turned out well for a boy. They are a little long. (Couldn't get him to stay still for a fitting. Roll Eyes) I'm washing them to see if they pull in any before I re-hem them. I added some olive green piping to the outer side seams and the front pockets to macho it up a bit. What do you think?

My model wouldn't quit dancing! Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Halloween Dortje Pants on: September 15, 2010 12:47:57 PM
I made my first item from Sewing Clothes Kids Love. I'm pretty excited about them. I only wish I had done them in a non-seasonal print so I wouldn't have to make more, but I guess I'll have to get back to it and make a couple more pairs for my girl. The pattern was not extremely difficult, but it is definitely not for beginners!
Do you think this pattern could be used for boy pants or is there something about it that makes it girly? (My son needs some pants and I loathe the no shape, elastic waist pants that you are expected to make for little boys.)
Thanks for looking!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Pixie and A Couple Cows on: September 08, 2010 12:01:57 PM

Pixie Skirt. I made my own pattern. It is just a double layer twirly type skirt with an elastic waist. The top layer of the skirt is made with fabric "petals."

Cow Appreciation Day outfit. The shirt is store bought. I made the shorts (no pattern) and the bib (my pattern).

A-line cow dress made using the book "Absolutely A-Line." I made a boo-boo on the upper right "strap," thus the bow. I also made the outfit for the doll. No pattern. Just a quick A-line reversible top and some elastic waist pants.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Bright Double Twirly Skirt on: September 08, 2010 11:50:16 AM

I made this adorable double twirly skirt for my daughter. She wouldn't be still, so I only have action photos! She picked the fabric herself! I didn't use a pattern. If you want to make one yourself, House on Hill Road has a great tutorial for twirly skirts that you can use as a starting point! Thanks for looking. Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Any ideas? Flapper Style Dress on: February 11, 2010 03:06:24 PM

I was asked if I could make a knock-off of this dress. Because of all the beautiful detail that I just don't think I could replicate, I immediately said no. Now I am thinking about the dress. (I've become a little obsessed with the thought of making it.) Any ideas or suggestions? The  only alteration/deviation that was requested was possibly a more "straight" neckline. (Making the dress top a bit more modest. I'm thinking a scoop neck, as long as the scoop is not too low would be fine, too.) Ideas for making this dress?
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Must Have/ Huge Waste Accessories on: November 11, 2009 11:19:41 AM
So, I got some money for my birthday (yipee!!) and my hubby suggested I buy some sewing stuff. I was shopping around for accessories and notions and things and it occurred to me that many of these things must end up sitting on someone's shelf for years before they finally take it to Goodwill. So, what are your must have items for sewing and what items have proven useless for you?
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / What good is a serger? on: September 09, 2009 10:38:51 AM
So, last Christmas, I got an amazing sewing machine that I love. Grin It is fabulous! (Babylock Crafter's Choice) So, I'm in love with my machine and have no problems with it. Well, my birthday & Christmas are coming up again. (I always think long and hard about what to tell people when they ask me what I want, since these are the only two days I actually get anything for myself.) So, I was thinking of possibly adding a serger to my wish list, but wanted to know what use I would get out of a serger. So, what can I make with a serger? Would it be a nice addition to my sewing room family or would it replace my beloved Babylock?
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pattern copyright question on: August 21, 2009 08:27:44 AM
So, I realize you cannot make and sell items from copyrighted patterns. But here is my question. I am the only one of my friends that sews. They are constantly asking me if I can make them this or that. Can I make something from a pattern and charge for my time to make it? I know I have had friends that have paid someone to make a dress. I'm just trying to figure out how I can realistically help my friends out by making them certain things while still being able to be compensated for my time and effort.
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