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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ruffled Recon Jeans & Coordinating Aline top on: July 18, 2009 04:36:05 PM

Let my youngest pick her own fabric for her ruffled top and reconstructed jeans. "Thank you" goes to Claire for ripping a hole in the knee and passing them to us...they were perfect. I love the stacked ruffles on the pants. It really didn't take much effort...Please don't ask me why she has her tongue sticking out...if I get out the camera they go nutso...she told me that she was trying to make it look like she had a hot dog sticking out of her mouth...who am I to judge?

Top is Simplicity 3749 View B (with a ruffle added). Major alteration is that I lined the top insted of the facing and bias strips for the armpits...makes for a more professional look and also (usually) makes it iron free!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tiered RW&B Dresses - McCalls 4814 & 5798 on: July 18, 2009 04:31:23 PM

Made these with some designing help from my friend Tracy -- the girls LOVE them -- they looked good for our 4th of July vacation...I didn't pose them for this picture -- I merely asked them to "try to look normal and quit doing crazy stuff please"...ha! My older daughter is wearing McCall's 5798, and my younger one is wearing McCalls 4814

13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Adorable Three Tiered floral skirts (with privacy shorts sewn underneath!) on: April 07, 2009 04:45:11 AM
I made these using Simplicity 4206 View C and sewed View E (the shorts) underneath to turn this skirt into a skort -- if you want more directions on how to accomplish sewing the shorts into the skirt click here: http://craftyjnet.blogspot.com/2008/03/cheetah-girls-3-tiered-skirt.html

The girls LOVE these and plan to wear them out to dinner tonight -- aren't these the funnest fabrics you've ever seen!?!

14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ruffled top and recon jeans on: March 28, 2009 12:43:19 PM

Reconstructed some jeans that had started tearing/fraying at the bottom by cutting them off at capri length and adding a ruffle.

Made this shirt as an adaptation of Simplicity 3749 View B. Adapted because I lined the entire top instead of using a facing...and added the ruffle. This was fun, quick, and my daughter LOVES it!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hand Smocked Bunnies & Baskets on a Mary De Jumper Dress on: March 03, 2009 07:01:48 PM

For a super up close look at the smocking, click this link (the pictures open larger there)

I smocked this over the past two weeks -- starting back to work is interfering with my sewing addiction!

Cute bunnies, one turned backwards...bullion eggs in the baskets and french knot daffodills beside the bunnies.

This is a Mary De style dress for a friend's 3 year old granddaughter -- she is going to be adorable!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Preschool Pillow Sham on: March 01, 2009 02:08:44 PM

My youngest started Preschool last week and they have a naptime and their little Pillow & Blanket has to be stored inside a shoebox...so I let her pick out her own pillow fabric and ruffle from my stash and this was her choice. It has the flap in the back like a pillow sham and the inside pillow is also made from this lavender swirls fabric. She LOVES it and thinks it is the softest thing ever...the whole thing is just a bit smaller than a piece of standard paper...so it is small and cute! Total project time about 1 hour.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Purple Seersucker dress Simplicity 3902 on: March 01, 2009 02:05:37 PM

This is made from Simplicity 3902 with only minor alterations. I put more ric rac than they call for -- I wanted it on the sleeves, hemline and all the way around the neck and I don't regret it. This is a fairly simple pattern going together pretty quickly and it has more "twirl" than other patterns I've made similar. I made this for my 5 year old's birthday present from me -- complete with shorts to go underneath so the other kids won't know what color her underwear is every day at school. She LOVES this one.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fleur De Lis Fabric - Simplicity 3668 jumper dress on: March 01, 2009 02:03:39 PM

This was one I created for my 5 year old's birthday present from me. She LOVES dresses so I also made some shorts with this fabric to wear underneath so the kids at preschool don't get flashed on the monkey bars.

It is from Simplicity 3668 View B and I have to tell you that I have fallen in love with yet another pattern...it several nice details that all patterns won't give you -- the upper bodice is lined, the front has pleats that are adorable, and it has a "V" cut in the neckline that is so classy looking...I can't wait to use this pattern again as it went together so very quickly and easily. She wore it with an off white shirt underneath and it looked so pretty.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lots-a-Pockets Bag - Simplicity 9949 on: February 09, 2009 08:17:05 AM

This is a gift for my hubbie's grandma who has a birthday in February. She will look "cool" toting this new bag this spring. The pattern is adapted from Simplicity 9949 View B. I opted not to do the zipper as the pattern is written, so I lined it instead. This is so fun because you get 6 exterior pockets the way the handle attaches. Great spots for cell phones, keys, suckers, you know, the stuff you have to have right now

Next time I plan to repeat the pockets on the inside of the bag too!   I added a piece of plastic to make the bottom a little sturdier (between purse & lining) - I suggest using interfacing too, the pattern doesn't call for it, but you need it. 

Took less than 2 hours start to finish...either I am getting faster, or this was easy!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easy Wrap front nightgown McCalls 5744 - contrasting bias on: February 09, 2009 08:11:02 AM

Went to the Hancock Pattern sale and picked up a new pattern I'm excited about -- I have been wanting to try a "wrap front" style and didn't have a pattern and when I saw this nightgown pattern I had to have it. The whole thing from cracking open the pattern, cutting it out, picking fabrics, and finishing the whole project took only 2 hours...so it is quick.

This is McCalls 5744 and I WILL be using it again. not just for nightgowns, for shirts too...I am very pleased with this - even though we are not big Hannah Montanna fans, she will love this color and the butterflies...can't wait to give it to her in the morning.

Look closely, on the second one, my fabric is upside down...the 4 year old doesn't care...she can read it when she looks down at it right?  I also ran out of the print so the sleeves match the contrast bias on that one and I LOVE how that turned out. 

Next I let them choose their own fabrics -- this is what they came up with!  My little girly girls!

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