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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New Purple & Blue Outfit & Bows Partially Reconstructed *Picture Happy* on: February 13, 2011 01:47:52 PM
I just finished this outfit for my daughter today, It will be the first thing I've made for her that is actually going to get worn ... as long as it doesn't fall apart Wink
The top is partially reconstructed from one of her brothers old T-shirts, The original had some bleach stains on it and a hole in the sleeve, I added the purple knit and the bow & button, I used elastic thread on the sleeves and neckline and used the bottom of the original shirt for the bottom ruffle.
The pants are completely handmade, I didn't use a pattern just kind of winged it, pulled the basic pant pattern out of memory from a tutorial I had used before. They have elastic in the waist and 2 ruffles on the bottom, They're pretty wide at the bottoms, I love them and may have to make some for myself  Grin
We also made the bows, Just alligator clips, grosgrain ribbon, and some blue buttons.
Hope you like it!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 99% Recon'd Naruto Costume for 11yr. Old Boy! on: October 21, 2010 01:22:06 PM
Hey Everyone, This is my first year making my kids costumes and I'm pretty proud of them!
This one is my son's, He wanted to be Naruto, so after looking up a picture online it seemed pretty simple to do.
The only part not recon'd is the headband which he already had.
I didn't take any before pictures but here's a breakdown of what it was made out of:
The Jacket:
Black Fleece Track Jacket (99 cents at the thrift store)
Orange Sweatshirt Pieces are sewn onto the jacket (50 cents for the orange sweatshirt at the thrift store)
The Spiral Patches are made out of Felt (white) and T-Shirt Scraps (Red) & Some Black Fabric Paint I already Had.
The Pants:
I got really lucky and found a pair of bright orange dickies at the thrift store for $2, They were too big but I just put some elastic in the waistband and they're fine now, Kind of a droopy butt going on, not sure if I feel like fixing it since it's just for halloween anyway. The white around the leg is just some fabric scraps.
*I still need to do the boots but I'm going to try and find a pair of high tops at the thrift store, cut out the toe & spray paint them black... that's the idea anyway*
Also, we're going to get some yellow temporary hair spray for halloween.

The first picture is the one I got my ideas from. (The one on the right is Naruto)
Hope you like it!

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My First Ami..And A Question! on: May 17, 2010 06:14:25 PM
Thanks for all the compliments! My boyfriend and kids have been trying to steal my octopus ever since I made him  Angry I started a hippo now that I know to go through both loops of a stitch but he's looking more like a pig, I even gave him some fat injections (stuffing) on his forehead thinking it would help but now he just has a lumpy head lol. I'm having a tough time with the sc2tog decreases, I'm getting them done... I think.. but it seems to be really hard pulling the thread through, any suggestions? I have a feeling I'm missing something and it shouldn't be that hard.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My First Ami..And A Question! on: May 16, 2010 10:12:34 AM
Nerdigurumi has a really cool video showing you the difference between inside and outside


The back and front loops are essentially when looking at the stitches there are two separate loops, you can either go through both this is the usual way of crocheting or choose to crochet in the back which defines the shape or the front which softens the shape. Hope this helps.

That helped me alot, I've been doing back loop only and the spiral she talks about is the "ridges" I was referring to, I'm going to start another one and do both loops and see how that goes, Thanks!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My First Ami..And A Question! on: May 16, 2010 09:32:13 AM
I never made one so I don't see anything wrong but he looks like a vegetable of some sort. Did you name him?


He's Not A Vegatable! Lol, It's an octopus and no name yet Wink

As for loops, I'm not sure what a front and back loop is, I've been going through 1 loop. YO and pull through then picking up another (2 on hook) and pulling through both and that's 1 sc ..or at least that's what I saw in the video I learned from, I have 10 or so books and watched quite a few videos and they're all a little different, maybe I'm doing the sc wrong, that's what I had the most problems with.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My First Ami..And A Question! on: May 15, 2010 11:04:27 PM
This is my first Amigurumi, Took me about a week to figure it all out and 2 days to make it. Lot's of mistakes here and there that I know of but the stitching on it doesn't look the same as what I see here on Craftster, Maybe I'm just sloppy? Or am I doing it wrong? Doesn't look as neat and clean as it should, The inside is the side with the "ridges" it's not inside out is it? Any help is much appreciated!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can anyone recommend some books for beginner crochet and toys? on: April 21, 2010 03:09:12 PM
Hi guys, I was wanting to learn how to crochet, more specifically, to make some of the cute dolls and toys I've seen on the site, can anyone recommend a good book to teach me the basics and some books that teach how to make some different toys? Any help would be much appreciated, Also.. What kind of supplies should I be getting to start out? Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A couple Shirts, a Reconstruction, and some questions *Updated* on: March 29, 2010 06:35:35 PM
Well I thought making them into halters would be easy. I was wrong!  Cry
I started with the long sleeve one, First try, too big, Second try, too small, Third Try, too big in a different spot, Fourth try, one of the straps went weird. Anyway! Here it is, it's definitely not perfect but I don't have the patience to mess with it anymore. Going to try the other one tomorrow and hope it goes a little better!  Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A couple Shirts, a Reconstruction, and some questions on: March 28, 2010 06:26:39 PM
Thanks for all the ideas, I think I'm going to try just making them into halter tops, it's starting to get warm here anyway and that seems simple enough. I'll post some pictures when I get done so you guys can see how it works out.  Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A couple Shirts, a Reconstruction, and some questions *Updated* on: March 26, 2010 04:37:05 PM
I purchased some ModKids patterns online and tried them out, I think they came out fairly well with the exception of the collars. The first and second tops were supposed to have hoods but I ended up taking them off in an attempt to fix the collars which are still awful. Anyone have any advice?

The first one is made from some retro spaceship fabric, the yellow is from an old dress I made, The green and red are from pillowcases, and the geometric print was purchased online. The response to it so far has been less than great and like I said above, the collar is just terrible  Undecided

The second top is another ModKids pattern, without the hood. After taking the hood off it made the neckline really wide and then...I guess I just don't know how to finish a collar. Any suggestions on that would be much appreciated. All of the fabric I used was purchased on eBay and was more than what I'd normally pay, I'd love to make this more wearable by fixing the collar.

Last thing for today, A T-Shirt of my son's I reconstructed into a halter for my daughter, the pink fabric is a thermal I purchased online, Then I made the pants from scratch with the same thermal. Originally they were full length until I washed them, now they're capri's which works for summer  Wink They have a drawstring in the waist which I really need to finish the holes on before they tear, I assume I would use the button hole stitching on my machine for this? I have no idea how to use that, I would love any advice before I ruin the pants trying it  Tongue

Thanks for looking, C&C welcome.
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