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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Patchwork jean outfit! LOTS OF PICS! on: November 04, 2009 01:00:30 PM
Here's another patchwork jean outfit I did for a little girl.  I used lace, ribbon,faux leather, buttons, rhinestones, sweater knit.....a whole lotta stuff!  They are time consuming but worth the effort!  I made a belt to match and embellished a tank top.
Nyla again was ticked that these are not for her!  I feel kinds bad that I don't even have time to sew for my own kid right now.  Sad

Back of jeans

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Birthday outfit!! Lots of pics! on: November 04, 2009 12:38:03 PM
A lady requested this outfit for her daughter's 3rd B-day coming up.  I did a simple double layered twirl skirt hemmed in pleats.  The shirt is appliqued and has a rhinestone button sewn on, and the neckline has the same pleats.  She said she wanted sparkle somewhere in the outfit so I used organza for the cupcake icing.

I hope her and her lil girl love it!  I just put it in the mail!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / PEACE SIGN Designed! Patchwork jeans outfit. Lots of pics! on: October 23, 2009 09:26:49 AM

My friend asked me to design an outfit for her daughters B-day party.  She showed me these shoes and I got excited and decided to do an outfit that would match! Shoes are often the basis of my inspiration for an outfit. I have been wanting to do a peace sign outfit 4EVER!

These jeans were a lot of work, and the pics didn't fully capture all the detail!  Of course I had to rip the seams first.  I applied rhinestones, ruffles, lace, mesh, ribbon, buttons, fabric paint and ric-rac.  LOTS of applique and satin stitching work too. I sewed things in a way that will cause them to look better as they are washed since they will fray slightly in certain areas. I made a matching belt, and cut and altered a purchased tank top, making pleated wings on the sleeves. It kinda gave it a Star Trek feel, I think. Of course I had to make bows to go with it!

Mom and B-day girl loved it!  I was very happy with it.  Nyla begged for me to make her one and was mad that it wasn't for her.  LOL

I don't have action shots but the girl looked ADORABLE in it!

Now I have 3 more of these outfits to do with different themes. GOD HELP ME! Shocked

P.S. Don't sew when you're sleepy, otherwise you'll do dumb things like sew things on upside-down.  Hope nobody catches my mistake, lol.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The cutest lil Ladybug you'll ever see! on: September 17, 2009 08:55:54 AM
I've been in a serious sewing slump!  I prepped and worked so hard on my fashion show in May that by the time I finished all my orders in July I was POOPED!  Lost all inspiration.  My machines went untouched for all of August.  Didn't go in Joann's not once.  And I took Aug. off, no orders. Anyone who knows me knows this is not at all like me!!  Well anyway, nothing like a good challenge from a customer to get me started again.

Little Chloe was turning 2 and they call her ladybug and lovebug.  So of course her mom wanted an outfit with a ladybug theme.  Most ladybug fabric I've seen is hideous so when I saw this at Hobby Lobby I flipped.  I made this up as I went along and was so pleased at how it turned out! 

I did a super full twirly skirt and a my kiddie corset.  I decided to try something different and use rows of lace instead of lacing.  I made my pom pom headband to go with it.
It got rave reviews at Chuck E Cheese!

5  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!


6  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!


7  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.

8  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!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Batik Peasant dress for Nyla, PICS! on: May 13, 2009 09:58:56 AM
This is one I never posted.  I made it last year.  Both fabric were bought on clearance and I only wish now (of course) I had bought more of it!

I absolutely LOVE batik fabric and this one was emroidered and very colorful!  I just made a simple peasant dress and shirred it in the middle to give it shape.  Easy peasy!

My photographers daughter is next in line for the dress so she tried it on.  She's a 4t and my daughters a 6 so it's a get your moneys worth type of dress!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Stepped out of my comfort zone! Oriental brocade dress for NYLA! PICS! on: May 13, 2009 09:36:17 AM
I can't remember what pattern number this is but I believe it's Simplicity.  Well anyways I had had the pattern for years and loved the picture on the envelope and vowed to make Nyla her own little China girl dress.  I shuddered at the idea of sewing brocade though.  Cotton is what I sew with most for children.  Lately though I've opened myself up to trying more fabrics and I must say I'm learning more skills!  It was also my first time sewing with piping.

The brocade is sort of a pain to work with.  It ravels a lot and gets wispies from the feed dogs.  It's a good idea to have a cigarette lighter near you when sewing with it so that you can singe the edges to prevent unravelling. It's also not a good fabric to make mistakes with.  The seam ripper is not a friend of brocade.

All in all I was pleased with the dress!

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