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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Woodland Fairy costume on: November 07, 2009 07:12:33 AM
I LOVE patchwork so I think the pants are my favorite part of the costume.  But the wings are also amazing.  I looked at the other pictures on your blog and the entire effect is enchanting. It was genius to photograph your daughter among the fallen leaves. She matches the background perfectly.

The pants are my favorite part too.  I made 'em with a drawstring waist because I didn't want her to out grow them too soon.  I think I could take the pants and the peasant blouse, add a few accessories, and make her a super-cute little gypsie girl. ;-)
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Woodland Fairy costume on: October 30, 2009 08:34:28 PM
That is just too cute for words!!  Can you share a little about how you did the wings? 


I found some tan tulle -- a little stretchy and lighter weight than other types of tulle I've worked with before -- on clearance at Hancock Fabric a while back.  I drew two leaf shapes on newspaper for upper and lower wing pieces.  I cut four of each from the tulle.  I sewed two pieces together, leaving a bit of a hole for turning.  Turned and top stitched about 1/8" from the edge.  Then I threaded some 18 gauge wire through the channel made by the top stitching and secured the ends of the wire with duct tape.  I did the same for all four leaves/wing pieces.

I took the four constructed wing pieces and laid them out over waxed paper.  I used fabric paint to make the leaves a bit more variegated.  Let that dry.  Then using fresh sheets of waxed paper and fabric glue I applied liberal amounts of craft glitter for the leaf veins.

I made a back piece from the same material as the vest, stuffed it with 3 layers of cardboard cut from a cereal box (6"x4"), and sewed a ribbon to each corner for the straps.  (I tied them under her arms, rather than using elastic for straps).

I overlapped the upper and lower wing pieces, sewed them to each other with invisible thread (by hand), and then positioned the two halves of the wings on the back piece and sewed them with the invisible thread too.

Et voila! Leafy fairy wings.  I'm actually quite pleased with how they turned out....quite like I envisioned and much better than I expected!  Cool
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Woodland Fairy costume on: October 30, 2009 02:55:23 PM
I had most of this costume done for a while now, but I was up late finishing the wings last night.  She was a big hit trick-or-treating at Daddy's work today.  The concept is from McCall's 5732, but I deviated significantly from the pattern in actual execution.

More details on my blog.

24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The Cinderella dress! on: October 28, 2009 10:33:12 AM
holy tiaras, that's fantastic!  Nice work!

ps, my monkey has been followng with the proto types and is relieved that you have the colours right for the final version... it's been of great concern to her  Cheesy

Haha! I'm glad to have eased her mind on the subject. The prototypes were just for fit and not for representation of Cinderella! :-)

And thanks to everyone for your kind comments! I am really pleased with how it turned out and I hope she'll be able to wear it for quite a while yet to come even just for fun around the house.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The Cinderella dress! on: October 27, 2009 05:21:45 AM
Fantastic job. I have a 5 year old that would squeal if she saw that.
Is there a pattern you followed?

I basically used McCall's 2856...but I made several changes, particularly in the fit of the bodice, the back closure, and by adding an underskirt to make it more poofy.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Cinderella dress! on: October 26, 2009 04:49:35 PM
After making two prototypes (here and here) I was ready to make the actual Cinderella dress.  I used blue satin for the dress and coordinating blue organza for the sleeves and peplum.  The fabric was bought at JoAnn's on sale back in July when I promised my daughter a Cinderella dress for her third birthday.

Now I just have to wrangle it away from her and hide it until her birthday mid-November!

More info and (a ton) more pictures on my blog.
27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My Wedding Dress from a costume pattern on: October 26, 2009 08:43:57 AM
Oh, I made that same pattern! I know this was a while ago, but how did you manage the grommets in back? We found it hard to push through that much fabric. I also found the sleeves to be strangely unwieldy-- the flowing bottoms were way too long, initially.

If I recall correctly, I used a seam ripper to cut little triangular holes where I needed the grommets to be and then inserted them and hammered them into place on a piece of cardboard over a cement slab.  Since then, however, I've learned to hand-sew eyelets (you can google for a few different tutorials) and if I were to do it again, I'd probably go that route.

I'm not very tall, but I do have long arms.  I didn't find the sleeves to be troublesome at all.  It might be due to the fact that I edged them with gold ribbon...it may have stiffened up the edges enough to make them more manageable.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cinderella dress prototype #2 on: October 22, 2009 11:21:52 AM
The first Cinderella dress prototype didn't fit very well, so I whipped up a second try.

These things are addictive!

There's more pictures and info about the differences, etc. on my blog.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween for the child of a UK rail engineer on: October 21, 2009 11:14:50 AM
That's awesome! Way to go for letting her dress as something a bit unusual.  When I was four I wanted to be a factory (!)...no idea where I got that idea! Needless to say, it didn't happen. I was a (store-bought) cat instead.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Cinderella dress prototype on: October 21, 2009 11:07:13 AM
I love the look of death she's giving you for taking the picture.   Grin

That's definitely a "I've done five princess bows already. Aren't you done taking pictures yet?" look.

You could just add a little shirring to the back to bring it in a little.  Smiley

That's a good idea! Not sure if it's do-able though since it buttons up the center of the back....  I might have to experiment a bit...  Maybe some shirring on the sides, under the arms.  Hmmm... 
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