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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: NYLA'S new Turtle outfit for a birthday at the zoo!! PICS! on: August 20, 2009 02:09:34 PM
when you gathered each tier with your ruffler foot, did you use the common way of constructing a twirler-each tier is 1.5 longer than the one above it- or did you do it another way?

For my twirly anythings I ALWAYS do double the previous level for EXTREME twirlability!  More work, yes....but VERY worth it!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Embellished tank and jeans for a quick and easy outfit. Stashbuster! PICS! on: July 21, 2009 12:31:28 PM
I need these jeans for myself!!   Do you have a pair in a size 18 tall??!!   Cheesy

LOL!  Thanks!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: NYLA'S new Turtle outfit for a birthday at the zoo!! PICS! on: July 21, 2009 12:28:28 PM
Love the outfit!!!  Cute! cute! cute!  (Both the model and the outfit)  Love the "mis-matched" shoes.  What a wonderful idea.

I have a question about the trim on the bodice.  Did you serge the edges of a length of fabric and then gather the middle?  Or is it a rolled hem?

I really need to make one of these!  I have some adorable wooden turtle buttons that I bought from Joanns years ago.  It would look perfect with this fabric.

It is a strip of fabric with a rolled hem then gathered with my ruffler foot.

Thanks everyone for the wonderful compliments!  I'm glad you like it!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Embellished tank and jeans for a quick and easy outfit. Stashbuster! PICS! on: July 15, 2009 11:58:44 AM
I have total ADD in my sewing room.  In the midst of making one outfit I ws tired of workin on I got the whim to start on this!

I wanted to try something slightly different with a pair of jeans than the average ruffled hem.  So I took some sheer fabric I got from the remnant bin (I'm such a remnant junkie Shocked).  I've been more open lately to experimenting with sheers even though I hate them BADLY Angry! Evil, slippery, thin pieces of fabric I say!  I rolled them hems which can be a pain in the *** if you don't catch the begining in the piece then the thread lopp hangs off the fabric.  I did a double ruffle in the shape of the hem I cut into the jeans so that they'd have a flowy look.  The jeans were cut and stitched so they would fray when washed up to a point.  Then I used two purchased appliques I purchased about 3 years ago. I bought sooo many of them when I first learned to sew.  I was embarrased when they started peeling off in public!  Embarrassed Didn't realized that you should tack them down with stitching for durability despite the adhesive. I have TONS of appliques that are collecting dust in my stash so I was very happy to finally be able to work these into SOMETHING!  I embellished the top and did a quick lil sash belt.  Made my Jazzi Pom bows too. Easy peasy.  Nyla wore it to her B-day party ala Chuck E Cheese.  I just didn't have the time to do something age or b-daythemed like I planned.

As usual she hammed it up for the camera.  I swear these poses are her own, no direction necessary!  I hope she'll grow up and buy Mommy her dream home with all this sass and pizzazz!


15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: NYLA'S new Turtle outfit for a birthday at the zoo!! PICS! on: July 15, 2009 11:19:43 AM
Very cute. I like the color combination on the first one. I took your advice on the patchwork dresses, you are right. the last few that I have done I cut rectangles that were about 7-9 inches long, and it looked just fine with half of the work.

I TOLD YA!!   Grin

Thanks ladies!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / NYLA'S new Turtle outfit for a birthday at the zoo!! PICS! on: July 15, 2009 10:08:25 AM
Oh how I love turtles!  Last year and this year turtle fabrics have been popular.  I did an outfit last year with green and brown fabric that is probably one of my favorite creations.  So when I saw this new fabric at Joanns I went crazy!  I had to do it again!  

I love the color combo on this one.  Bright blue, orange, light green, dark red and creme.  I used buttons and ric rac to add interest and appliqued a turtle on the back leg.  Didn't get a good shot of that.  

I figured the zoo would be the perfect place for Nyla to wear it.  Her B-day was Monday so we headed to the zoo.  I did bows to match and i thought it would be fun to have her wear 2 different color shoes since she had green, orange and blue sandals all the same style.  Too bad she doesn't have 3 feet!  It was funny to see other kids stopping and staring at her and her mismatch shoes!

On another note.....I see people on this forum try their hands at patchwork twirls all the time and it amazes me how people think they need to cut itty bitty 4 inch squares.  TOO MUCH WORK!  All of mines use 8 at the least but typically 10 inch rectangles, and they look fine!  It's enough work ruffling, pinning, stitching, serging and topstitching the tiers, so I'm definitely not putting up with teeny squares!  Just a little tip!


17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New Dresses I've Been Working On on: July 09, 2009 09:12:35 AM
I think the best way to do a mother daughter matchy outfit would be to choose fabric appropriate for both kids and adults, maybe a nice print like paisley, polka dots, stripes, etc.

Next would be to do whatever you plan to for the child the make a simple A-line or wrap skirt that the woman can wear a nice fitted t-shirt or blouse with and do a matching fabric flower brooch for her to tie it all together!

I have been planning to do a matching ensemble for me an my daughter and this is exactly how I'll do it. 
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 50's Swing dress for my pumpkin (TONS OF PICS) on: July 08, 2009 06:57:56 AM
Very cute dress!  I love the styling of it and that Cheetah girl fabric is soooo cute! Great job!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Handmade clothes durability issues on: June 29, 2009 09:59:36 AM
WHen I first started sewing I was so excited to make stuff that I really could care less about how the items looked on the inside.  I have now been sewing for 4 years and I shudder when I look at some of my earlier pieces!  Stitches were crooked, I hadn't serged things properly, etc.

Handmade clothing quality has the potential and should definitely have far superior quality than ready to wear!  I now look inside all of my store bought clothing and observe
 how it's made.  I'm suprised at how poorly the stuff is assembled at times!

I suggest a few things!

1)  Don't sew clothing with a stitch longer than 2.5!  I use tight (2) stitches that are least likely to bust under stress.  When constructing pants, especially stress areas like the crotch I go over that area with small tighter stitches after sewing my initial seam. Sleeves at the armhole can be done the same way.

2)  Always, ALWAYS finish your seams!  I can't imagine sewing without a serger but if this were the 1930's what choice would I have?   Overcasting or zigzagigging your seams keeps stuff from fraying once washed.  If you do serge make sure your stitch length allows for good coverage of the seam allowance and either tuck your chain of stitches into itself using a wide eye needle or clip them and use Fray Check.

3)Not backstitching when sewing is like washing dishes with no dishwashing liquid.  Useless!  You must do it to lock in your stitch.  That is the only reason any stitches of yours are coming undone.  You said when yoou applique stitches are coming undone.  I found that when appliqueing or using satin stitching, you need to take the beginning and ending threads, pull them into a needle and poull them through to the back and tie them into a knot.  that further secures them.  Trust me on this one. I use applique a LOT on my personalized pillows.

4) Lastly, Prewash all your cotton fabrics BEFORE sewing them.  I dry them on high heat too.  I want anything that can and will shrink to shrink as much as it possibly can before I construct garments with it!  I can not have my customers coming back to me with something that has shrunk allover at different rates and that can  happen whenusing cotton.  I wash all my finished items in cold water and air dry them.  Never use softener either.  It takes away from the crisp look and makes clothing look worn.

Lastly don't let it fool you, making clothing often is NOT cheaper than store bought.  You have to buy fabric, patterns, notions and the time spent cutting, sewing, etc. is
more of a labor of love than anything.  I sew girls clothing because I love to do it, but a lot of my stuff is detailed and takes lots of time.  When added up, of course the price is higher than store bought.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Special Princess or Birthday Summer Dresses! PICS!! on: June 29, 2009 08:55:26 AM
They are both adorable!  If you don't mind me asking, where did you find the princess fabric?  My dds would love it.

I got the fabric at Walmart I think.
you use a lot of ruffles and shirring in your clothing are you using a serger?

Yes I ADORE ruffles!  And I would DIE without my sergers!  I refuse to sew without one!  I only use the serger to roll the hems of my ruffles.  Shirring and ruffling is done with a regular sewingmachine.  I also have a ruffler which has to be one of my top 3 favorite sewing tools!
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