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1  Bunting with buttonholes (link to tutorial) in Party Planning by serenityfey on: July 14, 2011 04:37:05 PM
I made a birthday bunting for my little girl's first birthday party! (I hope this is the right place to put this-I had a hard time choosing a category)

I'm making a happy birthday one next that I'll use for her party and my son's.
tutorial and more pics at my blog
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2  Seashore sundress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: May 14, 2011 03:38:21 PM
I have always wanted to try Oliver+S patterns, and I finally got a couple. This is the seashore sundress. It was quick and easy to make.

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more pics and details at my blog
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3  Dino tail! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: March 15, 2011 05:34:19 PM
tutorial is from Running with Scissors (not my blog)

I figured this belongs here, as it's a plaything/dress up item. I'd have a picture of my kid wearing it, but he is pretty camera shy.
I don't have any velcro, so I just left it off and will add it once I get some. Start to finish, the project took around 45 min. I used fleece, which saved time on the spikes, and primarily sewed it with my serger. Fun and easy project for any kid who lives dinosaurs or dragons.

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4  Superhero shirts in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: March 10, 2011 05:16:18 PM
I'm participating in a monthly blog carnival and this month's theme was heroes and heroines. I made my little hero and heroine their own personalized superhero shirts (both their names start with Z) I made the applique pattern myself and cut them out of piratey fabrics, added wonder under, sewed them on, and voila!

http://zeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/02/super-zs.html - there are some links to the other cool projects people made for this theme on my post as well.
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5  Pirate pants in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: March 10, 2011 05:12:54 PM
I traced these off a pair of pants that fit, but didn't do a very good job tracing, hence the insertion of side panels (which makes it match his Super Z shirt!) The appliques are from a piece of fleece I had-I just cut them out and sewed them on. Daddy made the wooden rocket he's holding and I painted it =)


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6  Superhero appliques in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: February 27, 2011 05:25:21 PM

I made my own pattern for an applique, putting a Z in the middle of the Superman shape. It took a while to get the size down, and a straight ruler and pencil are an absolute must.
I sewed them using the blind stitch on my machine-I don't have a fancy machine with an applique stitch, sadly. This was a bit tricky and required some practice. It's not easy to rip stitches out of an applique-it frays the fabric and messes up the wonder under, so practice on a scrap first!

If you're interested, there are more pics and details at my blog- http://zeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/02/super-zs.html
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7  Baby shirt (tutorial from Prudent Baby) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: February 27, 2011 05:23:38 PM
I made the lovely Zgirl a "Prudent baby party dress", although it ended up being more of a long shirt, due to a wiggly girl who won't hold still so Mama can measure her! The tutorial can be found- http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/02/pretty-party-dress-with-free.html -here at the awesome blog that is Prudent Mama (if you've never seen it before, take your time and poke around-there are lots of great articles, tutorials, etc.)

I love the pattern and how it is pretty customizable-sleeve length, cuff or no cuff, hem or self fabric binding at the bottom, length of skirt, etc. The main issue I have is with how dang hard it is to get on! Having just one button (actually, I used a snap) doesn't allow enough room. This was kind of a tester anyway, to see how well it fit. She says it's a 9-12 month pattern and it fits Zgirl pretty well, with not a lot of room to grow (she's 19 or 20 lbs, fyi) I'm going to add 1/2" around the pattern when I make it again so that she can wear it for a while. I also plan to either have the back completely split and snap shut, or do it halfway, instead of just at the top like the tutorial says.

Her tutorial calls for a "scant" seam allowance, and I wasn't sure how much that was so I opted for 3/8". I didn't have any coordinating fabrics so I made it all of one type, with no cuffs. It took around 2 hours, I think. I'm in and out, tending to kids and husband, so it's hard to tell sometimes. All in all, I think it's adorable, and I plan to make more!

If you're interested in seeing more pics, they're at my blog here- http://zeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/02/sparkly-shirt-from-prudent-baby.html
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8  Burdastyle Janina pants in Sewing Pattern Reviews by serenityfey on: December 27, 2010 08:59:13 PM
I printed the pattern from burdastyle.com-it's the Janina pants. They are REALLY wide. I love wide legged pants, and these are almost too much for me. Next time, I'll take off a few inches. I lowered the waistband by 3 inches (I don't like pants at my actual waist), and adjusted the waist accordingly. I didn't get the pockets quite in the right spot either so they bulge a bit at the sides. I am not a fan of the fabric I chose-it's a type of corduroy but it has more stretch in it than I realized and they sag as you wear them. I will probably add belt loops so I can still wear these. I added patch pockets on the back instead of flaps with buttonholes/buttons.

It was a very simple pattern, but there aren't many directions, so if you're a novice, you'll have to move slowly. All in all, I love the pattern and would make it again. It was well worth the $3.

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9  Kids' wool hoodie from Bernat in Crochet: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: December 13, 2010 04:11:13 PM
I used the pattern here-http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=3948 (you'll have to register to see the actual pattern) It took me a while to crochet-I have limited time for crafts, and it's always split up among so many projects. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed with the pattern. I made the 2 year size and it ended up being too big. The hood is weirdly shaped as well, and too large for the hoodie, in my opinion. I used Cascade ecological wool yarn, and it was wonderful to work with, especially for the price (around $15 for a HUGE skein-it made 3 large balls of yarn) It's still cute, and was super easy, but I wish the fit was better.

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10  Cars jumpsuit from Kwik sew in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by serenityfey on: December 13, 2010 04:05:56 PM
I made this out of Cars cotton. It's from the Kwik Sew sewing for toddlers book. I had to make a few adjustments for length, and once I put it on him to try it, he wouldn't take it off-I still need to put snaps on the front and hem the sleeves and legs. It was my first time trying to match a pattern along the fabric, and I got it pretty good in the back, but in the front, I forgot to account for the part that folds under, so it doesn't match up. Then I was running out of fabric so I didn't worry about the sleeves matching. The hardest part was the neck facing. There are only 4 pattern pieces.
*eta* Added pics of finished project. Decided to add ribbing at legs and wrists-next time I'd add at the neck too.

All in all, it's a quick and easy pattern, and I'd definitely make it again in other fabrics.

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