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1  Birthday Princess Ridiculousness - Photo Obese in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by argwwo on: February 17, 2009 09:06:36 PM
My daughter turned 4 on Sunday. She dove headlong into her princess phase a few months ago, so, of course, she wanted a Princess Tea Party.

I decided to make her a princess dress out of an old lady nightgown I bought a few years ago for a Halloween costume. I wanted to make sure it was different than any of the Disney princess dresses my SIL gave her for Chanukkah. I also wanted it to be a surprise -- which meant I couldn't try it on her as I went. I had an idea in my head, created my own pattern, and it *sort of* turned out like I pictured it, but it has issues for sure. The top could use a little more coverage, for one, but she won't hear of my reworking it.

(A smooth bundt pan wold have worked better, but honestly, I just have no need for another cake pan! Oh well.)

So, my dress won't win any prizes, but it was great fun to make, she loves it, and I got to use my new serger all at one time! I made the crown and necklace, too. And the princess cake, though she was none too impressed as she was really hoping for "a flat cake with PICTURES of all the DISNEY princesses on it." We're doing a get together with my in-laws this weekend, so off to Shop Rite I go to order one of their bland-tasting photo cakes. (-:

thanks for looking!
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2  I made a Vegbee peasant top -- Now with action shots and Qs in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by argwwo on: May 09, 2008 10:25:28 AM
My SIL is taking my 3 YO to a luncheon at some fancy-schmancy hotel in NYC tomorrow, and most of her clothing is stained with chocolate milk and/or paint.

So, I looked through my stash and found this hotpink linen left over from a ring sling I made about 5 years ago.

An hour later, she has a pretty top.

(Action shots will have to wait until she comes home from school.) And here she is ready to go to lunch:

Question re shape: Does it look so boxy because of the weight of the material, because I should have cut it a little wider ... or should I just make it a little more a-line? (I thought it was the shape of the skirt, but it looked similarly as boxy over a pair of leggings.)

I liked the fringed selvage so I decided to use that on the bottom and sleeves instead of hemming. It's been pre-washed, so I'm hoping it won't shrink unattractively as it gets washed, but it will certainly work for tomorrow.

And since I couldn't make a casing for the elastic in the sleeves, I attemtped zizzagging the elastic into place. It worked, but I had a very hard time keeping it straight. Is it easier to do this with clear elastic? The stuff I was using seemed like a little bit of overkill for what I was doing. Suggestions?

Thanks for any comments/suggestions.
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3  My attempt at a Cheytown -- learned a few things! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by argwwo on: May 03, 2008 09:18:37 PM
OK, so this is the dress that brought me to Craftster, so I've been dying to try it.

I bought this ugly shirt at a thrift store for $2:

And now it looks like this:

Next time I will select my starter shirt more carefully: the seam attaching the yoke to the body of the shirt is puckered, so it was a little hard to shape the bodice and attach the front of the dress to the back without it going all wonky. Also, the shirt turned out to be a lot dingier than it seemed inside the store. Though, since my daughter is sure to stain it with chocolate milk and/or paint the first time she wears it, how much does that matter?

The fabric was surprisingly heavy considering it was obviously a summer shirt. It seems to stick straight out. It is my inclination to rip out the side seams and re-cut it, but my daughter said, "Thank you for making me this beautiful dress, Mommy,"  Smiley and then refused to take it off until bedtime. Chances of me wrestling it away from her to rework it anytime soon are slim-to-none.

I decided to forego the fluttery sleeves and trim on bodice and hem since the pattern was so busy, so I took Cheytown's suggestion of making little arm holes (do you call them that when the dress is sleeveless?). I cheesed out and made them straight instead of curvy, but I think it works.

Thoughts/suggestions on how to improve greatly appreciated, as this is only the second piece of clothing I've ever completed!

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4  Husband's stained shirt is now my daughter's sundress -- now w/ embedded pics. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by argwwo on: March 14, 2008 08:43:02 AM
Hi there, I'm new to the community, but have really enjoyed looking at all your projects. I will definitely be trying some for my own kiddos!

Here are the pics (sorry they are so big!); I'd love some feedback:

It's the first piece of clothing I've ever made, so while it's nothing fancy, I'm quite pleased with it. And I've caught the recon bug. I bought a hideous shirt at a thrift shop yesterday that I plan to turn into (something resembling) the Cheytown dress. And I've got designs on some old t-shirts...

Thanks for looking,
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