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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / pinafore construction on: August 01, 2011 10:16:46 AM
I'm planning on making an Alice costume for my 2 year old for Halloween.  I'm having a hard time visualizing how the pinafore is constructed in the back.  Her hair covers it the entire film and all of the pictures I see of pinafores are from the front.  Does anyone have a pattern that can tell me what the back looks like?  Does it go all the way to the waist in the back or is it more like an apron?

This is what I have in mind

and here is Alice

I can see that it is wide at the shoulders and seems to go down the back...maybe?

So, any ideas?  Thanks for your help!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / best magnetic sheets? on: July 31, 2011 04:28:27 PM
I'm planning on making a magnetic paper doll and I'm wondering what the best magnetic sheets are?  I'm open to the types that go through the printer or the adhesive ones.  I'd love some reviews from projects you've done Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My daughter's apron on: June 05, 2011 08:15:03 AM
My daughter, who is about 20 months has spent the last few weeks tucking things into the neck of her shirt to carry around.  I decided that she needed an apron with a HUGE pocket Smiley  I used my trusty measuring tape and freezer paper to make the pattern.  I made it big so that she can wear it for a long time.  All the straps are adjustable since they tie.  I'm thinking of putting a pocket on the top too.

Best of all!  She loves it Smiley

apron 1 by pixidance, on Flickr

apron 2 by pixidance, on Flickr

apron 3 by pixidance, on Flickr

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / eco felt question? on: December 02, 2010 09:20:19 AM
I'm interested in making some felt hair clips and headbands an I found a supplier that has some really nice color selections in a lot of different flower cut outs.  She sells eco felt, which I know is acrylic.  I'm curious if it holds up better than regular acrylic felt. 

My experience with acrylic felt is that it stretches a lot, pills terribly and shows needle holes.  I've only used it for small toys and quick projects for my kids. What has been your experience with using eco felt?  Would you use it for hair pretties?
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Little Owl with lots of pics on: November 03, 2010 04:54:25 PM
I've been out of the crafting loop for quite some time.  Little Miss keeps me pretty busy most days!  I finally buckled down and made this Saturday and Sunday before Halloween.  I guess I work well with a looming deadline  Roll Eyes

So here is my owl costume.  It's really just a glorified cape, and she looks like some unknown super hero lol

Watching the birds

powering up

Apparently, she can control the weather with her fantastic owl powers
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / topsy turvy doll construction on: September 15, 2010 05:12:53 PM
I was just remembering how much I loved my Little Red Riding Hood flip doll when I was a little girl and I figured it would be easy enough to make one for my little one.  I figure it's just a legless doll with four arms and two heads LOL  But, I'm confused about how one attaches the clothes.

Do you think I would just sew on the tops and then stitch the skirt directly to the doll body?  Would it work better to make the tops part of the doll body directly?  I'm just interested in how it would be best to go about dressing this thing.

If any of you have made one, could you give me some construction tips, please?
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How would you make these fabric flowers? on: February 14, 2010 10:29:33 PM

I've seen these flowers around here and there, and I can't wrap my brain around how they're done.  Any ideas?  Thanks Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Projects 2 and 3 - also known as fabric-choice-is-important-jumper on: February 10, 2010 03:11:10 PM
My second pattern that I've drafted.  I can't wait for it to warm up so that she can wear it.  This is made from two layers of light cotton.  I accidentally sewed the bottom ruffle on backward somehow (the hem was showing on the outside Tongue) but I managed to cut it off and sew it back on LOL  I like how this one turned out.

and here's an action shot!  It's still a bit big, but I'm assuming she'll grow by this summer Wink

Soooooo, I found some adorable fabric and I went to work making a sun suit.  Unfortunately, it went horribly wrong some where!  Apparently, what I really made was a clown costume LOL  This, sadly, was my first time sewing with a pattern.  After this fiasco, I think I'm going to stick with making my own patterns from here on out!

and, without further ado, here is the embarrassment!

I had to tinker with the patter A LOT to even get it to look this good!  I added elastic to the bottom of the leg holes and added the elastic to the middle to help pull it in a bit.  Before it was just one giant piece of tossed elephant fabric.  Holy Clown Costume Batman!

So, I had to try it on her just to see if it was really as bad as I thought

Yeah, she's not really sure what she thinks of it.

Well, Mom, maybe it's not so bad after all!

While it does look better on the model, I still think it's a disaster LOL  Of course, I think she could make anything look cute.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fabric and pattern for peacoat for toddler? on: February 08, 2010 09:35:01 AM
I want to make my little girl a pea coat or a swing coat for next winter.  She'll be wearing 12-18 months at that time.  I'm having a difficult time finding a neat pattern for her size.  Most of them start at 2T Tongue

I also found some lining fabric that I'd like to order, since it's on sale, but since I don't have a pattern, I don't know how much to order.  Would 1 yd do it or should I go with 1.5 yd? 

And yet another question.  Where do I find heavy wool by the yard?  I don't want felt, that's too stiff.  What should I search for ?  I can find lots of light wool for suits and the like, but I'd prefer something a little heavier.  Where do you buy your wool from?
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do you suppose this ruffled dress is put together? on: January 06, 2010 03:40:39 PM

I'm interested in making a dress similar to this, but with only 3 ruffles.  Do you suppose that those are sewn all together at the top or do you think they're sewn into a base and layered enough that you can't see the tops?

If I were going to put something together like this, could I use 2 triangle shapes with the same width or would I need to make the top one a bit wider so that it won't be too tight on the bottom layers?

Or, I suppose I could just do a basic tiered skirt Tongue
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