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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dance costumes - Done!! on: May 03, 2011 08:34:35 AM
I made these costumes for the three-year-old class at my daughter's dance studio. I've been doing costumes for a long time and these have to be my favorite ever. I love all the colors!

There are more details on my blog as well as the costumes for their second dance and the outfits I made for the lone boy in the class.


Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions are always appreciated.

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Elizabeth Swann's Gold Dress from Pirates (lots 'o pics) on: November 07, 2010 12:28:59 AM
My daughter loves Elizabeth's gold dress from the first Pirates movie so this year for Halloween we decided to recreate it.

The skirt got smooshed against the column in this pic, but you can see from the others how full it was. She's got two petticoats under there.

I embroidered and beaded the front:

The back closes with a double row of grommets for the criss-cross look. But I deliberately made it too big this year so she can wear it again and we doubled up the grommets.

This was such a fun costume to make, one of my favorites ever by far!

Waiting for Will. Just so long as he brings Captain Jack along for me  Grin

Thanks for looking.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Flower Fairy costume help!! on: September 27, 2010 09:25:26 PM
My 10-yr-old has asked for this dress for Halloween this year.

I've been planning it out and think I'm up to the challenge, but I need some input on the hems. What is the best way to make them stand out like that so they resemble petals? I was thinking either horsehair braid or millinery wire (or a combo of the two) but is there another, better way?


ETA: I know about the fishing line or lettuce edge techniques but I'm hoping for bigger ripples.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Anthropologie-inspired necklace (Tute from Mrs. Priss) on: August 01, 2010 10:42:22 PM
I came across this awesome necklace tutorial and had to make it.

It took me most of the day but that was because I have two little boys and they kept interrupting and pulling my beads all over the floor.

I wore it to church today and it was a hit. Total cost = approx $7

More details and more fabric flowers can be found on my blog:
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tapering a skirt on: June 12, 2010 04:24:07 PM
I'm sewing bridesmaid's dresses for my sister's wedding. She wants this one (http://www.simplicity.com/p-4463-misses-dresses.aspx) only longer. I'm adding 7 inches to the skirt, but it's also adding too much to the fullness. Is there a way to taper it so I don't have quite so much bulk? I hope that question made sense.

Thanks in advance!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Spider Princess - pretty, creepy, pretty creepy on: November 01, 2009 06:42:47 PM
Hooray! My first challenge entry!!

I made this costume for my 11-year-old. We started with an old 80's era prom dress and I dyed it black, then took the skirt off and added almost 12 yards of chiffon in various shades of gray. We glued the spiders on and shredded the whole thing.

Better shot of the spiders...

Spinny shot because she's 11 and likes to spin...

The original dress... so 80s...

Ms. Thing looking all moody...

Thanks for looking!! Comments and feedback are appreciated.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Craftastrophe - post your failures and share my pain on: August 21, 2009 03:26:37 PM
While shopping with my sister she found a really cute dress on the clearance rack that was several sizes too big. Being apparently full of spit and vinegar, I convinced her to buy it and assured her altering it would be easy.

Boy howdy, was I wrong! What I thought was a simple sheath dress that would require a new seam down each side is actually quite a complicated little number with multiple pieces made with extremely ornery fabric. Turns out, my sister wants it quite a bit tighter than I thought she did, so I've had to take it in A LOT - about 16 inches total. The fabric is a stretchy knit that catches in my machines and goes wavy at the seams. There are bands around the hem and the sleeves that have proved to be impossible to match up, necessitating their complete removal instead of the few inches I'd originally expected. And the waistline that I thought was gathered and sewn down is actually an elastic thread so the only way to take it in without having the adjustment show is to completely detach the bodice from the skirt and put in a new elastic.

After approximately the millionth time of stitching, cursing, unpicking, and stitching again, I gave up and admitted defeat when the fabric tore in (of course) a place on the dress I can't rework and fix. Not that I'd want to fix it anymore anyway. That dress needs to go far, far away from me forever.

Lessons learned:
1. Do not promise and big alteration project when you have been shopping for hours and are STARVING and cannot take the time to properly evaluate said project.
2. Don't let your eagerness to impress your sister overshadow your better judgment.
3. Do not underestimate the evil of the polyester knit.

So...make me feel better. What projects have you had go absolutely awry in a horrible way?

(BTW: I will also be posting this on my blog so my readers can share in my humiliation.)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Bella's Princess Dress on: June 27, 2009 12:00:33 AM

I finally finished the princess dress for my 2-year-old niece. Here it is!!

I used McCalls 4622, which turned out to be a great pattern. I liked it so much that I went today and bought another one in the larger size to maybe someday use for my own daughters. I made one adjustment to the sleeves and did a ribbon casing for the elastic rather than the self-casing suggested by the pattern. It was easier. I also did a petticoat to help the skirt stand out.

This is only my second time inserting a lapped zipper and it went in without a hitch - yay! Here's a pic of the back, which looks pretty much like the front, I'm just adding it to be braggy.

More pics and info on my blog.


Thanks for looking!!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mediocre (but still fun) felt food on: April 04, 2008 03:56:28 PM
I started these at about midnight last night to use in a discovery presentation in my daughter's class this morning. I had planned to make a whole bunch of food, (veggies, fruits, desserts, breads, pasta, etc.) to show the kids and then give them to my 10-month-old for toys. But I procrastinated too long and then wouldn't you know it, got slammed with work and so only had time to do a few, hurried pieces.

The 4th graders still loved it, even the boys. I showed them how to make their own versions out of construction paper and they had a good time. And it's rekindled my interest so this weekend has been declared Felt Food O-Rama!

Anyway, here it is...


Pizza - the green peppers photographed kind of brown, it's much more colorful in real life:

And the cakes my daughters made last year when they were ages 6 and 8 using the tutorial from fellow craftster, aoi. Thanks! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=26836.0)

More information on my blog: http://laylabean.com/2008/04/04/felt-food/

10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Pretty!! Cracked glass... (big pictures!!) on: March 03, 2008 06:08:00 PM
Okay, I'm SO in love with these! Thanks to everyone who has posted instructions on how to crack glass marbles in the oven. My girls and I did this today. We had regular marbles but we also tried the glass flat marbles (Stones? What are they called?) you can buy for cheap at Wal-Mart. I like them better than the marbles.

So pretty!!  I don't know what I'll do with them yet. They're sitting in a bowl on my desk and I can't stop picking them up and turning them in the light. If I were going to keep them all together, I'd make some green flat stones to match the marbles better, but I like the blue.

Flat clear and blue:


Large flat w/ab finish:

All together:

I'm going to do a writeup on my blog of the actual process which included some mishaps. Hey, did you know they get HOT and they'll burn your rug if dropped?  Yeah.

Thanks for looking!  I'd love to have your comments.   Smiley

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