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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Special Princess or Birthday Summer Dresses! PICS!! on: June 26, 2009 02:07:18 PM
Heehee, it's my ruching buddy!   I love the red in combo with the purple too, and that green princess fabric rocks.  Adorable kids too.   Grin

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  Thanks! 
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Special Princess or Birthday Summer Dresses! PICS!! on: June 26, 2009 09:38:52 AM
When I saw these two fabrics I just had to buy the bolts!  And I don't usually purchase more than 3 yds of one fabric.  Can't stand making the same exact thing more than once, but hey that's the business!

Anyhow Princess themed parties are big and princesses in general for lil girls! These dresses capture that well.

I loved the contrast of red and lavender.  You don't see those two colors together much.  There's silver metallic in the fabric so I added dilver ruched organza trim to the bodice. 

And I'ma sucker for anything pink and green! That fabric also is partially metallic.  And you gotta love how I cut off half the princess' body underneath the bodice!  LOL.  Blooper.

I made hair accessories to match both but don't have close-up photos.  2 girls modeled them at my fashion show last month.  The pics are washed out though.

23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Satin and Cotton? on: June 22, 2009 08:08:06 AM
I personally wouldn't mix those two.  But that's my preference.  Those two fabrics require different care.  I iron and press the heck out of my clothing as I sew.  Clean, crisp lines, and flat seams.  If you do try it though I'd love to see the result!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: $3 outfit from two dollar store placemats and a dollar store men's T on: June 22, 2009 07:20:28 AM
Very cute!  I love the green one!  And I'm a big fan of ruching, check my past posts.

It's always nice when you can take something cheap and spin it into something so cute!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The beauty of Batik! Girls Sundresses ! A WHOLE LOTTA pics! on: June 10, 2009 02:25:39 PM
Thanks again everyone!  It seems as if everyone loves the aqua and brown batik dress.  Soooooo sad I can't find it anywhere!!!!!!!!

 Sad Sad Huh Huh Angry Angry Cry Cry
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The beauty of Batik! Girls Sundresses ! A WHOLE LOTTA pics! on: June 09, 2009 08:10:48 AM
Fabulous! And do you do your own photography? I'm curious to know what you've used on the floor of the studio. Is it just a white plexiglass sheet or something else?

I don't do my own photography when it comes to the professional white background ones. The outdoor ones I did.  I have a phototgrapher Jen of "The Family Room" in Michigan who does all my high key photos.  She uses a white board as the flooring.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The beauty of Batik! Girls Sundresses ! A WHOLE LOTTA pics! on: June 08, 2009 12:05:54 PM
Thanks for the compliments! 

I want to put this out there.  That teal and brown is a favorite of mines, unfortunately I only had enough fabric to make one!  I have searched and searched for that fabric!  If anyone knows where I can get some or sees some PLEASE PM me!  I got it from Jo-Ann's at the end of last year or the beginning of this year!

I'd love ya forever!!!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The beauty of Batik! Girls Sundresses ! A WHOLE LOTTA pics! on: June 08, 2009 11:17:23 AM
Those are sooooo fantastic! I agree Batik fabric is the best, I always drool over it when I got to the fabric store!! I am in love with one of the dresses in particular, the eighth one, it looks like 'the universe'. I can't wear it, but if I could I would love to own it, either way, I'm wisting it. You're sewing skills are crazy fantastic!!

That's exactly what I thought when I got that fabric.  I called it Odyssey and it was one of a kind.  Someone snatched it up at the show.  In fact the lil girl threw a tantrum crying, pouting cause her mom wouldn't buy it.  She had already bought 5 pr of bows.  Needless to say her mom gave in and I was tickled pink!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The beauty of Batik! Girls Sundresses ! A WHOLE LOTTA pics! on: June 08, 2009 10:58:10 AM
Ahhh the beauty of batik!  I absolutely LOVE batik fabric!!  The colors, texture!

I had been planning to do a summer line of batik print halter dresses for the summer since last year.  Finally did it this year!  Here are a few! Also I thought it would be cute to do some kiddie feather fascinators and headbands to go with these colorful dresses.  I make accessories to go with EVERYTHING I make so I thought this would be a great deviation from my usual hairbows. 

Lastly I had my first fashion show and open House for my designs last month.  I had  12 lil models and 2 modeled the batik dresses.  As you can see I've been workin, workin, workin!!!  More in the making!

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: having shirring trouble on: June 03, 2009 08:18:22 AM
Learning to shir if your machine is giving you hell can be frustrating.  I had to learn that through trial and error.  I have 3 machines and I only shir on 1 because my automatic top loading bobbin machine won't shir right. 

The one I use is an older model, front-loading bobbin like yours.  How are you winding your elastic?  By hand or machine?

I have to wind mines by hand and I do it sort of loosely and not tight.  iI use the longest stitch length of 4 (on my machine) and out my tension at 7/8.  Of course you won't see any change to the fabric until you have done atleast 2 or 3 rows.  Even with this formula I had problems until I changed my bobbin tension.  I generally recommend that people not do this though because you can throw your tension off so bad that when you go back to regular sewing it's hard to get perfect stitches.

I ordered another bobbin case off of EBay to use ONLY for shirring so that I never have to fiddle with bobbin tension.  But I sew A LOT so it was worth it for me and they aren't expensive at all. 

In short you are going to have to get another bobbin case really or you'll go nuts. Practice with the new case and leave the other for straight sewing.

Cut varius square sized pieces of fabric and start shirring lines.  Start with your tension maybe at an 8, longest stitch length.  See how that goes.  If results aren't satisfactory tighten your bobbin screw a lil and keep sewing and repeating those steps til it's right.  SOunds like your tension is too loose. 

Once you get it right you will feel like you won the lotto!  I know I did.  Shirring is a very valuable skill and technique to have use in your sewing.  I had the same battle with my ruffler but now I'm so in tune with it I'd stab somebody if they tried to break it or take it!  LOL

I hope this helps.  Tell yourself I will take an hour to conquer this and by all means have a glass of Riesling, Chardonnay or hell a shot of Vodka nearby to destress after all the cussing you might do in frustration!
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