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1  Help me find a pattern for this dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by lil_abi on: July 21, 2013 11:34:31 AM
I fell in love with a scoop neck dress from ModCloth, but I can't find a pattern that in any way comes close to the cute neckline.  I've pored over my own vintage dress patterns, as well as the Big Three, and I'm at a loss.  Can you help?

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2  Stargirl Porcupine Necktie in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lil_abi on: April 24, 2013 06:07:11 AM
A local theatre is producing the world premier of the play "Stargirl", based on the Jerry Spinelli book of the same name.

I'm going to see the play next week, so I needed a porcupine necktie to wear.  I took one of my husband's old (stained) ties, and appliqued this little guy on.  I can't wait to wear it to the play!

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3  Superhero cape in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lil_abi on: February 21, 2013 02:23:26 PM
These are two dress-up capes for friends' daughters who are becoming big sisters this year.  Not technically clothing, per se, so I thought it could go on this board.

DH will of course model.

DS is getting in on the modelling gig, too.

I used each girl's initial and appliqueed it onto the cape.  They're made out of fleece, with a velcro closure.  Super easy!
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4  Kermit the Frog stroller bunting/footmuff/cosytoes in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by lil_abi on: February 06, 2013 07:03:27 PM
So it's not technically "clothing" per se, but it is for kids.  It's a stroller blanket (aka footmuff aka JJ Cole "Bundle Me") made so my kids can't kick their blankets off (which always get wound around stroller wheels, which is super fun) in the winter.  I found a toddler JJ Cole Bundle Me for $5 at a thrift store, but as I have twins, I needed another.  I tried ebay and FB yardsale groups, but got impatient. 

Plus, I had a XXXL Kermit the Frog hoodie from Salvation Army begging to be upcycled. 

Here is the before:

Close-up on the cuteness:

I used the existing zipper (so the bunting opens down the front), but I modeled the rest off the Bundle Me.  I made a freezer paper pattern from the Bundle Me.  I essentially made huge button holes in the back for the harness straps, and lined it so it would be as warm as the original.  The yellow is fleece, the flowery fabric is just cotton flannel.  It's certainly homemade, but it has gobs more character, and I know no one else will have one like it!

Here 'tis, all zipped up:

And, for ease of entry, it zips open, comme a:
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5  One year old photo shoot! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by lil_abi on: February 06, 2013 12:24:46 PM
For my kids' birthday we decided to experience the mall photo studio, so I can share with you their one year old pictures.  I stenciled the onesies.  I didn't want them to match (trying to keep my children's identities separate), but I did want them to "go together".  And what better way than by using a language that has masculine and feminine case on its articles? (An old schoolfriend knit the tutu.)

Wow.  Realized you can't see hers in that photo.  Here are close-ups of each kid:



And for their "Nice poses", they have coordinating outfits.  My mom made the dress using yellow linen, and I made the vest using leftovers of the yardage, as well as the headband.  My children do not wear shoes, strictly speaking, even in December. 

And for a more accurate representation of how the session went:

(My mom made my dress, too.  It's a Burda pattern of some sort.)
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6  Recycled waffle-knit sleep sacks in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by lil_abi on: January 08, 2013 06:46:51 AM
So it's getting cold, and babies aren't supposed to use blankets. 

Hmm...$22 each for polyester fleece sleep sacks...or $2.50 for two cotton waffle-knit shirts from Salvation Army + $2 for two 22" zippers = these awesome snuggly sleep sacks?

They were just basic waffle-knit shirts to begin with.  I traced a sleep sack for the shape, bound the armholes in bias tape, and used the zipper on the bottom, not up the front, for ease.  That way I could use the original neckhole, and churn two of these bad boys out in an evening.  They're super soft and cuddly. 

I have two wool sweaters awaiting the same treatment.
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7  A window upgrade in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by lil_abi on: December 28, 2012 07:38:29 PM
We've lived in this house for almost 4 years, lived with Venetian blinds in various states of dysfunction.  Some tilt, but don't raise; others raise, but don't tilt.  All are dusty, loud, and hideous  They have received a stay of execution only because they provide the basest level of privacy. 

Until now.  I purchased fabric at JoAnn (with copious couponage) back in July, and DH gave me a year to complete all 6 targeted windows (3 in our bedroom, 3 in the living room).  He was being generous.  We laughed.  It's December, and I just finished the first one. 

Hey, I have twin babies.  Things take a while.  But on Christmas Eve, we mounted the first of what (I hope) will be many new window treatments.  Behold, the before, in all of its ugliness:

Behold, the after, a Roman shade, only slightly crooked.  When I asked DH if he thought it would be okay to "cheat" a bit and only use 24 rings instead of the recommended 48, he bade me look at what was currently covering the window.  Anything would be an improvement, and I hope you'll agree that this is a vast improvement. 

Hopefully just the beginning of many such improvements. 
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8  A veggie patch in Halloween Costumes by lil_abi on: November 15, 2012 09:37:34 AM
Being a parent of twin babies, I missed the chance to submit these to the Craftster Challenge this month.  It's hard enough to find time to make Halloween costumes, let alone photograph them, upload said photos, and post them. 

But I did it!  (if a little late).  At least the costumes were done on time!

Peas and carrots:

Stinker little boy, smiling because he pulled a Halloween sock off:

And sweet little girl, unsure if she will tolerate the hat.

The costumes were based on ones I saw on Etsy, but didn't want to pay $135 for.  They're basically polar fleece tubes with loose elastic at the neck.  Little boy is wearing pants made from the sleeves of an old shirt of mine. Little girl's tights were store-bought.  The hats are lined so they can wear them all winter, and they're based on this snow pixie hat, yet I modified the shape and construction to meet my needs: http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_liberated/2010/12/the-snow-pixie-hat-tutorial.html
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9  Baby cardis and hats in Knitting: Completed Projects by lil_abi on: November 15, 2012 08:07:00 AM
I know I posted these pre-baby, but I don't think I ever got around to posting pictures of my actual live children wearing the sweaters I knit when I was deep into maternal nesting pregnancy insanity. 

The "newborn" size fit them when they were about 3 months.  This was our standard go-to outer wear, actually.  The stretchy knit fabric made it much easier to dress them for outings than little fleece jackets.  Plus, I knew it was warm, being Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Chunky. 

My son:

My daughter:

A friend crocheted the flower for her hat.  It's a 3-D daffodil. 

These were my first knit sweaters ever!  I wish I had time to make them the 12 month size this winter... Tongue
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10  Baby headband bauble in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lil_abi on: August 18, 2012 12:44:15 PM
So, I have 8 month old boy/girl twins, and people are always asking if they're identical.  Clearly, they're not; they look nothing alike, and even if they did, they're BOY/GIRL twins.  My daughter has the most amazing eyelashes, but is bald.  My son has much more hair than she does. So even if she looks like a girl in every fiber of her being, people see No Hair, and think BOY.  I don't always help them out by dressing her in whatever I feel like (read: anything but pink).  On one fine day in June, however, I decided to help out the errant passerby, and I crafted her a huge honking flower/bow thing to attach to a headband.  It sure ain't pink, but I think it fairly screams, "GIRL!"

It was admittedly a bit heavy, but cute nonetheless.

Doesn't she look chuffed to be wearing it?
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