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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ballet Inspired Dress Pattern? on: March 31, 2009 02:29:08 PM
This was always my favorite style ballet dress when I was a young ballerina:

I think that's chiffon rather than tule. Maybe something like that would be easier than messing with all that tule?

Similar to the one bottom right one on this simplicity pattern:

Good luck.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!! I need ideas and inspiration! on: March 31, 2009 02:19:29 PM

How about something like this? Couldn't be easier to make, and my daughter loves *LOVES* wearing her father's shirt for a dress. She still tells people every time she wears it, and it's been a year of solid use!

Best of luck, and may your daughter make a speedy recovery.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Attractive/clever/cool way to patch boy's pants? on: March 31, 2009 02:00:15 PM
My son has busted through the knees of EVERY pair of long pants he owns, and with summer (surely!) right around the corner and a growth spurt destined to hit before he needs long pants again ... I'm looking for an interesting way to patch 'em up.

Were it for my daughter, I could applique flowers or hearts or something like that. But for an almost 7 YO boy? I'm fresh out of ideas that would not look babyish or, well, like his mom just slapped some crappy patches on the knees of his pants.

Also, I find that by the time the knees rip, the surrounding fabric is often pretty fragile, so I'm open to suggestions for dealing with that, too.

I'm thinking I should just cut them off into shorts and sew the boy a few pair of pants, but thought maybe some of you craftsters might have some brilliant suggestions.

Thanks in advance,
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My Daughter finally modeled with no attitude! on: February 21, 2009 06:01:26 PM
Nice job! I'm not usually into the matchy-match outfits, but I love this.

Really nice photos (and cute girl), too.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Loungers - pics and tutorial link! on: February 19, 2009 02:47:28 PM
well done. For my 6 YO I can still eek out a pair of similar pants from a pillow case. I've snagged flannel pillow cases from yard sales, goodwill, etc. for pennies! I think I've got just about one more growth spurt before this will no longer work!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Birthday Princess Ridiculousness - Photo Obese 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!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Newest Dresses (5 pics) on: June 28, 2008 12:55:32 PM
I can't see the mistake you're talking about, but I think I might make something to coordinate with the fuchsia corset ribbon.

Very cute dresses.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger threads snapping -- White 534 on: June 24, 2008 08:23:50 AM
yeah, as completely counterintuitive as it seems, I've been completely unthreading up to broken thread and then rethreading (making sure lower threader is not looped up over the upper threader thingy as per threading diagram), and this hasn't solved the problem.

I'm going on vaca for a few days, so I've completely unthreaded it, covered it, and hope that when I return the problem will have magically resolved. hmmmm. what are the chances?  Wink
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger threads snapping -- White 534 on: June 23, 2008 11:53:26 AM
OK, I have a used White 534 and am having trouble with the threads snapping. This is my first serger, so I don't have any experience to go on, but ...

I have checked to make sure I have threaded it in the proper order with all tensions set at 0, I've changed the needles (type suggested in manual for fabric I'm using) , it's new thread, the thread guide pole is fully extended ... it happens when the tensions are set at anything other than 0, so I don't think I've got the tension set to high.

It wasn't happening the other night. Only now, the second time I've used it. I spent 2 frustrating hours trying to get it to work this morning. grrrr.

It's the right needle thread and the upper looper thread that I seem to be having trouble with. The right needle thread seems to pop a few stitches in. And when I am successful getting that to work, the upper looper thread snaps, a few stitches in and sometimes right after I finished sewing a seam successfully and am trying to leave a three-inch chain as suggested in the manual.

Any thoughts/suggestions.

I bought it on eBay, so I don't have a shop I can turn to for help, though I am planning to take a serger class from one of the local shops as soon as it gets on their calendar again. Any thoughts/suggestions in the meantime?

Thanks in advance,
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I heart SIMPLCTY5695 and RECYCLED WOOL! (pic heavy) on: May 15, 2008 09:43:16 PM
ok, you've totally inspired me with your wool covers and capris ... so I have a question: Would wool blends -- 80% wool/20% nylon -- work? And do I need to felt up the sweaters first, or no?

I just pulled a boatload of old sweaters from storage, and two of my favorites color-wise for spring/summer are 20% nylon.

Thanks in advance,
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