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61  Corduroy jumper in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by grenouille78 on: February 11, 2008 04:32:05 PM
I tried to think of a more interesting title for it, but, well, it's a corduroy jumper. I found the fabric at a thrift store and it immediately told me it wanted to become a jumper. And because I'm crap at figuring out my daughter's size, it has now become two jumpers.  Cheesy The first one I made was too narrow for Miss M, the 2 year old, so now Baby A has a non-hand-me-down to look forward to next fall. The lining is a white king-size pillow case. There wasn't enough left to fully line jumper #2 after I had made jumper #1, so I just did the bodice. It was a little too wide, so I had to take it in in the back. Sort of a faux Watteau look. I finished it up Saturday night and laid it on Miss M's toybox for her to find in the morning. I wasn't sure how she would like it because she was less than thrilled whenever I needed her for fittings. But I didn't need to worry, because when I went up the next morning to get her, she was holding the dress and was very excited about wearing it. All day she told anyone who would listen that I made her a new dress.  Smiley Ahh, that makes it worth it.

On to pics.
The front. It won't quite lay flat because of where I took it in on the back.

The back. What do you think -- should I add a little length of ribbon between the pleats to make it look more purposeful or is it ok as is?

The lining. And your run-of-the-mill buttonholes. Sorry that you don't get to see the ordinary clear-ish white buttons.

Oh, and no action shots because Miss M thinks running away from the camera is a whole lot more fun than posing for it.
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62  Purple plaid fleece coat and the painful story of its creation in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by grenouille78 on: January 27, 2008 06:13:06 PM
Whew! It's so good to be done with it. I started this coat in October because the one I made last year for my daughter was looking a little short and beat up. But between Little Miss M (2 years old) and Little Miss A (the new baby) sewing time is very limited. Drives me crazy. I'm just itching to get up there and sew, but that means welcoming a whole world of trouble and aggravation. First, Baby A nurses every three hours and can take up to an hour to complete a meal. So as soon as I'm done with her, I try to wrangle Miss M upstairs and coax her to go play in her room. Miss M has other plans, however, and they consist mainly of terrorizing me and my sewing room. She likes to do whatever I am doing, which is cute sometimes -- like when she stuck her old coat full of pins like some kind of voodoo doll -- and infuriating at others. Don't get me wrong, I want to encourage the crafty gene, but it sure is hard to sew with a squirmy toddler on my lap who wants to "Watch." And by "watch," she means, flick the sewing machine on and off (regardless of whether I'm actually using it or not), shove fabric into the needle, grab for scissors and seam rippers, dump my box of pins into the trash can, climb across my cutting mat, pull all the drawers out from my little wheelie craft caddy and empty said drawers onto the floor, unwind spools of ribbon and then liberally decorate the entire room with it (and her tricycle). So, in between trying to save her from stabbing herself with insanely sharp shears, pulling the iron down onto her head or riding her trike over her baby sister, I managed to get some sewing done. As a result of the chaos, a lot of it was wrong, so the seam ripper and I got to be good friends. Then, the homestretch: buttons and buttonholes. Wouldn't you know it, the cute buttons I had chosen were too big for my automatic buttonhole foot. Curses. It's been years since I've made a buttonhole with just the good ol' zigzag stitch. I meticulously measured button placement, matched up the future holes, stitched them all and ripped the opening, sewed on all the buttons only then to realize that I had put them on the opposite sides of the coat from where they should have been. I tried to live with it, but the perfectionist in me couldn't stand it. How to repair buttonholes, though?  Huh After sewing up the holes, I took 2 inch sections of ribbon that I had used for trim on the coat and covered them over and then put the buttons on top of that. The bright side of that experience was that my first batch of buttonholes were kind of crap, so I had a chance to redeem myself on the other side and they turned out a lot better.

And for those of you who don't care and just want to see pics  Wink, here they are:
Completed coat

Former buttonhole, now button

Miss M, nice and warm

And for anyone who is interested, I can go look up the pattern number, but I'm too lazy to go find it right now.
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63  Obnoxious Dress Goes on a French Picnic (insane amount of photos) in CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES by grenouille78 on: December 05, 2007 04:28:05 PM
As I wandered through the thrift store waiting for inspiration to hit, I happened upon this obnoxiously cheerful floral print dress:
No one could possibly look good in that print, not to mention the shape itself had all the interest of a potato sack. I thereby dubbed it Ugly Dress. But flowers are happy and nice and when flowers are blooming, it's usually good weather, and good weather is great for picnics. Other items that I used were: 2 gigantic stockings from the dollar store and a $2.99 red plastic tablecloth.
Thus began my overambitious project to make all the accoutrements for a French picnic set, starting with the fold-up bread basket.
Bread basket in progress: Fabric, red tablecloth, a little batting, some cardboard.

Bread basket ready for use:

Bread is all gone, time to pack up:

Next on our French picnic, we need wine! Here is a nifty lined wine bottle carrier. I used the dress' shoulder pad for the bottom because you don't want your wine bottle to break!

And of course, we have to have something to tote cheese in. I bring you... the cheese cozy!

We'll also need plates, napkins, and utensils. The plates get to ride in their own spiffy caddy. The napkins and utensils each get their own pouch, made from the dress' sleeves.(utensil pouch shown, but they look identical)
(the buttons also came off the dress)
In my attempt to "use the whole buffalo," if you will, I decided that all of this great stuff needed to be transported in something. I made a large sack that will comfortably carry all of the smaller components, food, a baguette, the morning paper, probably a volleyball, maybe a change of clothes. It's pretty roomy. But by that point, I ran out of enough material to make handles, so you'll just have to use your imagination.
Here it is all together:

Thanks for making it through all that!! Hope you guys like it (and don't hate my guts for bogging down your 'puters.)
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64  Scottish-inspired skirt and hat in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by grenouille78 on: November 20, 2007 06:44:49 PM
I found this fabric at the thrift store and just knew it needed to become a skirt. I didn't have a pattern, just kind of traced around a skirt dd already had. In the process, it became a circle skirt because I had to add a piece to make it fit. I still had leftover fabric, though, so I decided to add the little pouch (forgot the name and I'm too lazy to look it up right now). After that, there was still fabric, which was amazing, because I started with a narrow piece that was only about a yard long and I had to cut in strange places so that the plaid would match up. Anyways, the skirt with the little pouch was just begging to be topped off with a little tam. The "button" on the top is just a little piece of the teal fabric appliqued on over the ribbon tassel. And I'm so excited to post it because this is my first completed project since joining Craftster (well, not counting the Halloween costumes which were rush jobs and didn't involve a lot of sewing)!  Grin

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65  Homestar Runner leally gweat and Oui-Oui too! in Halloween Costumes by grenouille78 on: November 02, 2007 09:30:50 PM
Two red sweatshirts were the base for both of these costumes. My two year old became Oui-Oui (Noddy) who she absolutely adores. She even wore her "Oui-Oui hat" to Target yesterday. lol The newborn was Homestar. Yes, I know she's missing the propeller.  Roll Eyes By the time I finished everything else, I was tired of working on them and didn't feel like making a propeller. Oh well. And the good thing about these photos, is you can't see what a rush job I did on the sewing. ha! Of course, it didn't help that little miss 2 year old wanted to "help" by turning the wheel on my sewing machine while I was sewing. grrr Anyways, I think they turned out pretty cute!

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66  Re: NO! Ran out of yarn in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by grenouille78 on: September 29, 2007 02:59:46 PM
The jacket was on the cover of the 2004 Better Homes and Gardens Simply Creative Crochet magazine. It was hard finding a photo of it!

I went and checked back on the Lion website and did a search on ebay for the yarn... no luck. I guess both my pattern and my yarn selection are obsolete! I'll figure something out because I really would like to be able to wear this jacket now that it's getting cold out!
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