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1  Pattern help please! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by clairebjamin on: June 24, 2010 04:23:03 PM
My friend is going to an event at a certain well-known mansion and has asked me to help her make a dress that looks like this one:

Anyone know of a pattern that could be adjusted to recreate this?  Also, what fabrics would you recommend using?  I would say that my sewing skills are intermediate- have made clothing before, but nothing for a fancy event... so I'm nervous and would like to help her look as nice as possible!  I'm not sure if the original dress is 2 piece or 1 (we will probably make it a 2 piece) and I am not actually sure what designer/store it is from. 

(Sorry if this is posted on the wrong board, since I don't have a completed project I wasn't sure if it belonged on the designer homage page)
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2  Re: Mommy or Newborn/Toddler Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by clairebjamin on: April 03, 2009 12:45:21 PM
So, here are the pictures of the goodies I received from Pusspuss!

There was a boppy pillow, a set of 2 burp cloths, matching cloth shoes, and a felt hat.  I love the fabric choices and was sooo happy to get the package last night!  My husband is still out of town on the second leg of his 10 week tour, so it was just the pick me up I needed.

Here's a pic of all the items received:

Here's a close up of the darling little shoes.

And the burp cloths- love love love the fabric!

And the boppy and hat (I've never even thought to make a Boppy before- what a great idea!)

I had been thinking that I would probably give away some of the things I received (ironically- my new nephew was born last night- #10 in our family!!), but as soon as I saw them, I changed my mind... I am totally saving them for our baby, whenever we can make that happen--- hopefully after this 10 week tour is over!!!  haha

Thank you so much, pusspuss!  I am so happy with everything! 
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3  Stella's Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by clairebjamin on: July 29, 2008 09:10:18 PM
This is a dress I made for my sweet niece who will turn 3 in Sept.  I can't post it on my blog cause her mom reads it, so I'm posting it here.

I am happy with how it turned out, but wish I had an invisible zipper to use in the back instead of the one that shows.  In the picture it looks like there are little water spots on the top from the iron, but they aren't there now.  I can't wait to see her in it.
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4  Just learned to crochet- Purse in Crochet: Completed Projects by clairebjamin on: July 29, 2008 09:00:52 PM
Hi!  I just learned how to crochet and decided to learn on an actual project to motivate me to keep at it.
I decided to make this purse for my cousin as a late birthday present. 

It definitely looked very intimidating for a brand new crochet-er, but the awesome people at the Stitch Cafe walked me through it.  It is their pattern and they give it to you for free and teach you how to do it, all you have to do is buy your yarn there.  If anyone is in the LA area, check out this cute shop in Studio City/Valley Village area.  It has a great vibe too.  (sounds like i work there haha, but I really just appreciated the personal service)
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5  Little Monkey Backpack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by clairebjamin on: June 30, 2008 05:24:07 PM
Hi!  This is my first post in this section!

I just finished this sweet little monkey backpack for my nephew who is starting Kindergarten in August.  I used McCalls pattern M5341 view A.  I used the plaid fabric for the backpack body, because I thought it made the bag look less babyish and more funky.  I would have preferred a better plaid, but this one was thicker, so a better option to hold the shape.

Here is the lining.  It is kind of bubbly, should I tack it down in the corners?  I think the instructions said to do that... but I was so excited about finishing it, that I skipped it so far.  What do you think?

The other views of this backpack are a cool cat, a fun dog and a lion.  The pattern came together pretty well, so I think I am going to make the cat and dog one later this summer.
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6  Re: Diaper Wipes Case in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by clairebjamin on: June 23, 2008 05:25:12 PM
I have recently made 2 of these.  I did not add padding to the ones I made but I think I might try it next time.  I also really liked the look of the one with the decorated pop top, since I always felt weird covering it so that it couldn't be used. 
I hot glued the ribbon dark pink ribbon to the fabric and the fabric to the case, but for the smaller pink argyle print ribbon, I used Fuse to attach to the dark pink ribbon to make sure I didn't see any of the hot glue marks show through.

This case is pretty girly, I think.

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7  Applique Kid Shirts in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by clairebjamin on: June 19, 2008 04:20:12 PM
This shirt I bought from Old Navy and reverse appliqued a pirate searching for treasure.  The trail is embroidery floss.

This shirt I dyed "scarlet" using RIT dye and then zig zag stitched around the cowgirls.  I had the fabric left over from a baby quilt I did, and love that I found another use for it.

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8  Baby Quilts- First time display :) in Quilting: Completed Projects by clairebjamin on: June 03, 2008 04:49:29 PM
This is the first time I've ever posted a picture of something I've completed, so I hope the linking works.  I make little quilts for all the little babies born in my family.  We call them Auntie Claire quilts.  I finished two in May and here they are.  I back them with a dotted chenille type fabric and put a layer of organic cotton batting in between.  I don't have a good enough machine to actually quilt them (or the skill probably-haha) so I just sew little x's to tack them.

This is the one I made for baby Jasper- It was the first one I had ever added a name on to, and I liked how it personalized it.

These next two are pictures of baby Levi's quilt- His mom loves cowboy stuff and since we at first didn't know what he was going to be, I went ahead and got cowboy and cowgirl fabric.

and a close up of the name (hand stitched using brown embroidery floss... supposed to look like a lasso- I had to do it over several times)

No one is currently pregnant in our family, so I think Auntie Claire is going to have a short break Smiley (I finished two others right before Christmas- busy year for our family!)
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