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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Simplicity 3513 Spring dress and jacket - Doll's dress to match, too on: February 09, 2009 07:58:05 AM

I am on the ball this year, I've got a jump start on spring with these dresses.  This is the new dress I made for my girls - I just bought 20 new patterns and am trying to make as many of them as possible.

Super cool pattern -- no zipper, inserting sleeves, or buttons, but still not in the Very Easy category because of the lined rounded yoke - it has pockets too! Never before have I made the girls a dress with pockets in the side seams and it was suprisingly easy.

This pattern has a cute little 3/4 sleeve jacket with it and I made them jackets with a solid hot pink pique - finished the jacket with cute hot pink daisy buttons.

The American Girls got in on the matching trend at this house -- I made these last night to match the girls dresses I made yesterday. This is a quick pattern Simplicity 4364 View C with a lined bodice and velcro in the back

I am having way too much fun with this.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Toile black & white Apron on: December 12, 2008 09:29:16 AM
My grandmother (in the nursing home) wanted me to make several aprons that she could give to some of her caretakers for Christmas. I wanted them to be classy so black & white toile is perfect! I made the tie long (like 90 inches tip to tip) so it can have a pretty bow in the back. I didn't know the size of the ladies so I made the apron part 28 inches across so for a "normal" (and I use this word at my own risk!) sized person like me, it goes to the back and your sides are covered...but if any of the ladies are "plus" sized it will be substantial to cover their front

I did it with no pattern in less than an hour...I still have a couple more to make so off I go, so much to do before Dec 25th!!!  If I knew their initials, wouldn't it look nice to have that in white on the pocket?

The fabric is some I picked up at walmart when they closed the fabric department in our town for like 2 bucks a yard.

23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Santa and Candy Canes Hand Smocked on a Bishop Dress size 7 on: December 02, 2008 01:52:16 PM
Finally finished this up today -- this is a size 7 bishop for my daughter to wear this month...thank goodness I got it done in time.

The smocking plate is called "Down Candy Cane Lane" by Junebug designs.  I think the bullion stitched mustache is too cute!

24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lined A-Line Shirt with Ruffle -- Nontraditional Christmas Colors on: November 28, 2008 03:11:30 PM

I took a standard A-Line dress pattern and cut it off to make a long shirt about 8" below where they put the waistline on the pattern piece.  I believe the one pictured is size 5.  I cut a front and back, lining, and contrasting ruffle.  Total project time about an hour from start to finish.  My girls LOVE these shirts, they wear long sleeve tshirts underneath and jeans on the bottom.  So versatile because they can be "fancy" with their shirt, but still comfortable with jeans.

I think I'll be making more of these...they are definitely different than my tedious, hand-embroidered, week-long projects that I usually work on!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Smocked Insert into a Tshirt - Christmas Samples on: November 28, 2008 03:05:11 PM
Tshirt is from the store, I inserted the smocked panel into the tshirt, with piping all the way around, and I am absolutely thrilled with how it came out -- Inserting a pleated piece into a Tshirt takes about an hour or 2 -- you have to try this instant gratification project -- I think it also makes smocked clothing still work for older children.

I hand smocked the Candy Canes from a plate from Ellen McCarn called candylicious and the three trees are from elizabeth's embroidery and they are machine smocked (Smocked with an embroidery machine).

I threw in the skirt photo so you can see the skirt to go with the candy cane shirt for my daughter...she is going to be adorable.

26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hot Pink Ladybugs Hand Smocked onto Teal Jumpsuit on: November 05, 2008 12:37:56 PM

I LOVE this outfit. I was asked by my friend to come up with a first birthday outfit for her daughter. Her party is themed ladybugs. She wanted a teal jumpsuit type of outfit so we did the hot pink & black ladybugs on it -- they are TOO CUTE aren't they?

I altered pattern simplicity 9967 by not doing sleeves or a collar so I had to get creative...I lined the bodice and made the neckline a little bigger, did the bottom of the legs a little different, but it all worked out. Now I hope it fits - if it doesn't we'll just have to make it fit somehow.

The smocking is from Little Memories "Bugs & Kisses". I of course, altered it a little doing beads instead of smocked black dots on the bugs and adding beads to the ends of the antenna...what do you think of the final product?

27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Brown striped jumper top with geometric smocking on: November 03, 2008 10:59:45 AM
I made the striped top, but alas, the shirt underneath and the cord pants underneath are 'sigh' from the store.
First, a closeup of the smocking... ta da

now a front and back view of the whole outfit...my tree has to be my model as the daughter is at school.

This is a shortened mary de top that I smocked a geometric on so my older daughter will have a pretty fall outfit -- I can't wait for her to get home from school today to try it on -- I think the pants are a little too long for her -- but hey, she can maybe wear it next fall too
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sage Corduroy Bishop Dress with Smocked & Beaded Christmas Wreaths on: November 03, 2008 06:31:51 AM
I smocked this one for a friend's granddaughter.
You are looking at the front and back views

She brought me this gorgeous light sage corduroy and wanted wreaths smocked for her size 2 granddaughter...and this is what I came up with - she was delighted!

I adapted the smocking plate a little (As usual!) add beads and a bow -- the original smocking plate was Ellen McCarn's Holiday Greetings. This is truly one of my favorites!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hand Smocked Cinderella on Mary De style dress size 3 on: September 28, 2008 06:30:57 AM

I made this big sister *** dress from light blue broadcloth and used the Mary De pattern (it has two buttons on the back) to create this size 3 dress.  It isn't hemmed yet, so it appears a little long. 

The smocking was derived from Tiny Nay's pattern called "Fairy Godmother" -- you can find her designs at www.tinynay.com -- she has a lot of this kind of pretty picture smocking that is fun for kids.

*** This is the big sister dress and the little sister one can be seen here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268139.msg3019462#msg3019462
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / White Slip Dresses with monogram & Hem detail on: September 22, 2008 06:38:36 AM

I made these three white "slip" dresses from Simplicity Pattern 5226 variation B.

Alteration to the pattern is that I fully lined the bodice of the dress instead of using the bias strip edging on the neck & sleeves as the pattern called for.

These are size 3,5,7 for my daughters and niece for a family photo we're having done with all of us. I machine embroidered the first initial of each girl on the front and added decorative machine stitching near the hem where the topstitching would be to hold the gathered piece on. I think they turned out gorgeous and would look good in one of those "on the beach" family photos!

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