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21  Fall wardrobes for my DS and DD {img heavy} in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: September 16, 2009 01:05:24 PM
I still have a stack of fabric waiting to be sewn up, but here is what I have so far (mostly made in September - I was on vacation from work last week and sewed- but some I made in August).  Most of my daughter's clothes I drafted up patterns and most of my son's stuff I used either a big pattern company or Ottobre Designs patterns...usually with modifications, though.

Cute little white jacket that I drafted.  It has a flounce in the back.

Crossfront dresses with matching leggings.  It is intended to wear the leggings with it, so I didn't make it very long.  It's just a comfy outfit, so I didn't want the dress to get in the way.

This one has minkee on it.

Both these leggings match the dress.

I drafted this dress as a sleeveless one this summer, so I added sleeves.  

Chasing Fireflies has a lot of fun and highly overpriced merchandise, but great to look at for inspiration.  I really liked this dress and thought it was pretty cute.  Here is my attempt at duplicating it in my own way.

I elongated and a-lined a basic long-sleeved t-shirt pattern.  Then I cut a few tiers into the pattern and added seam allowances.  I only did the tiers on the front, but I should have done both the front and the back.  It would have been easier that way.  Yet again I made it too wide, so I added shirring to the back.  This dress is a bit heavy with all the ruffles, so if I were to do it again I wouldn't ruffle so much.  I also added puff sleeves, and a cute little ruffle placket with ribbon on it.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and it should definitely fit her two years in a row.

Then this outfit is an attempt to use up bits of minkee that weren't enough for a single use.  It's the same crossfront dress and leggings from before.  I just made the leggings a little wider as the minkee doesn't have as much stretch as a knit.  The floral fabric is a printed sweatshirt fabric.  I thought it was a fun print, but was having a time coming up with something to make out of it. I did this design a bit different with the colors, but I think it's cute.   Smiley

This next item is an embroidery I did on a car trip this summer.  I traced out one of my drawings with a fabric pencil on this Old Navy plain knit shirt.  In order to keep it from stretching too much, I put Stitch n Tear behind the drawing and placed it in a small embroidery hoop.  Next, was about 12 hourson and offof work.  Yeah, Im sure she really appreciates how long it took. Wink  I forgot the papers I had printed off of the different stitches, so I did it from memory.  There are some not so good areas, but overall I like how it turned out.  This is post-washing after the first wearthankfully the stain came out.  Yeahdidnt take her long!

The top is from Simplicity 3714 and the bottoms I drafted myself.  The fabric is a type of fleece and was a PITA to sew.  It stretched quite a bit and putting the zipper in was a treat.  It is a bit off, but good 'nuff!  The applique on the back is my artwork on a printed fabric sheet from Michael's.  I'm hoping it is colorfast...I've used some in the past that were.

This next outfit I made at some point this spring, and found it when I cleaned up my sewing room. :p  I can't remember what pattern I used - the fabric is knit and minky.

Now for the boy stuff.

These next few outfits are Ottobre or the knit top and basic fleece pants.  I added things like cuffs and pockets.  These will be wonderfully comfy for my often cold boy.

Fleece zip up shirt.  I added a design I drew and printed on a fabric sheet to the back.

This last one is a Mei Tai I made for a baby shower.  I always make them with a silk panel on front and with a carrying bag. I've made at least 60 and I'm so tired of making them but the moms always really want one and appreciate them.

Thats it for now!  I am still working on it.  My DS needs a few more pants and I want to make some more knit dresses for my daughter.  

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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22  More fun boy stuff - love these fabrics! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: August 10, 2009 08:56:51 AM
Well, this is the last of the summer sewing for my little guy.  I'm hoping he will wear these over plain long sleeved t-shirts this winter, too.  I'm pretty sure he will be up for it. Smiley  I used snaps for the closures on these - I have a ton that I ordered this spring so I used a bunch of different colors.

The shirts are from 3/09 Ottobre Design magazine.


Matching shorts - showed these before but thought I would show the whole outfit. Smiley

Monsters and Aliens - I'm not sure they were supposed to go together, but the colors match so well.  


Thanks for looking and any comments!  Grin
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23  An opulent bedroom...at least to us it feels that way :) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: July 30, 2009 06:56:43 AM
Can you stand another room from me??  I thought I would share this room that I did a few years ago during my last week of maternity leave.

Sorry I don't have a before picture, but just imagine cream walls and pastel colored floral window treatments.  I'm sure they cost a mint in the 80's when they were first put up.  They surely had never been washed or dusted before.

I painted our bedroom on the last week of maternity leave with my DD.  I had purchased the fabric for the curtains months before and wanted that to be the color scheme of the room.  I think I paid around $8/yd for the jacquard fabric.  I had bought the comforter before and it matched the fabric, so they worked together.  I took down the window treatment and used the board and drapery fittings to put my new treatment up on the window.  I left the room darkening curtains as they were.  I did very little sewing on the new draperies.  I used fusible hem tape for most of the edges.  Easy!

I love the look of crown moulding, but knew it wasnt in the cards at the time, so I decided to do a paint treatment that would evoke a look similar to that.  First I did the bottom layer of paint, which was a mixture of sponge painting and washing the paint over a semi dry sponge layer.  After that dried, I taped off a 2 inch border on all the edges of the room and painted that in with the red paint.  Several layers later, I took the tape off and then stenciled and stamped the decorative fleur-de-lis that I got at Michaels.

The lamps used to be cream, so I painted them gold.  I added the fringe to the plain lamp shades.

I love how this room turned out, and four years later I still love it!

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24  Some fun stuff for lil 'ol me :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: July 21, 2009 05:56:22 PM
Let's start out in my awesome kitchen shall we?  I made this cute apron for me.  All mine!  When I get home from work I usually dont change out of my nice clothes before I start in on dinner.  I have on more than one occassion received tomato or olive oil smatterings on my white tops.  Time to make a cute apron!  I really like this fabric, so I made up a pattern (sorta)  and it is fully reversable.  Big pleats in this one.

Oh, and it you want to see the whole kitchen, I have a post up on Craftster on it here:  URL="https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304630.0

This dress started out as just a simple shirred sundress.  I was hoping to wear it on the 4th, but it was a bit of a fiasco on its first turn.  It also took longer than I anticipated.  First, it took 5 or 6 bobbins worth of elastic thread, and just sewing that took a bit of time.  Then I put the straps in the wrong spot (again I need a dressform!), and had to redo them.  I thought it looked a bit plain, so I added two layers of ruffle on the bottom.  The long ruffle layers have rolled hems on each side, and I had to ruffle it by hand.  Another time consuming task to get them ruffled and even along the hemline.

Next, I thought it needed something else, so I made an obi-style belt for it.    It was the first time I made one, and I think I drafted it too wide and too long.  It has interfacing on both sides and many rows of stitching of the interior.  It was a learning experience, though, and I enjoyed the process.

I made these next dresses last weekend from patterns.  The first one is from a Project Runway pattern by Simplicity #3530 and the other is Simplicity #3875.  I do like how they both fit, with an exception of the billowy front on the blue one.  I bet I could hide a good 6 month baby bump under that.  Oh well.  I really like the fresh looking fabric and it was time consuming with lots of pintucking on the sleeves and the front.  It even has a zipper in the back that doesnt look too horrible.  The pink one is so very pinkand brightIm not sure where to wear it yet.

Thanks for looking and any comments  Grin
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25  My cool little dude in otto (img heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: June 30, 2009 07:00:34 AM
My little guy has been requesting some mama made clothes.  His sister has gotten the lion's share of it so far.  

These are from the Ottobre 03/09 camp shirt and Bert shorts.  One of the shirts I forgot to add the SA, but it still fits.  Whew!  I modified the shorts, where I drafted an inside front pocket instead of one over the top.  I have three more shirts cut out and ready to make, one to match the caveman shorts, one that has monsters and aliens and one that is a green knight fabric.

He wore the black shorts and red top yesterday and was majorly cute in them.

Here's what I have finished so far - I probably won't get to the shirts until next week, unfortunately.  I'd like to get them done up to the buttons and then sew them on during our road trip this weekend.  We'll see.  But probably not.

He's wearing this today. Smiley

This one I need to make the shirt for it yet.

This was the first one I made him and he wears it all the time:

Thanks for looking!
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26  Self drafted summer dresses for my princess in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: June 01, 2009 07:07:32 AM
Hey all!  These are dresses that I've made in the past few months for my girl.  They are all designed by me, just used a pattern block for the bodice that fits her and modified it for each different style.  I've posted my tutorial for the sundress with the shirred back before, I just did shirring on the straps differently than what I put in that.  I don't have pictures of her wearing all of them, but be assured she has a hard time choosing which twirly dress to wear to daycare every morning. Smiley

Princessy dress with tulle (I used a whole roll of tulle from Micheal's on the ruffle - 25 yds x 6" wide)

Princess birthday dress

Seersucker butterfly dress

Flowery alphabet dress


Westerny dress

I've made a few things for my son, too, but I'll wait on posting that.  I've got a bunch of fabric to make him some camp shirts and then some denim for matching shorts.  I'll post them when I get them done in the next month.
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27  Summer sundress and shirts drafted from RTW in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: May 28, 2009 01:41:16 PM
I picked up a knit summer dress at Ann Taylor Loft that I rather liked the fit of, but knew I could make it myself (I did buy and wear a few other things I don't intend on returning  Wink ).  The back of the dress was a bit more involved than I thought it would be with about 7 pieces just on the bodice plus interfacing, elastic and elastic thread.  Fun times.  It probably took me 3-3.5 hours to draft and make it, so not too bad.

Then I made these tops for me drafted from some tops in my closet.  The first two are actually the same pattern, just modifed a bit.  They don't look all that spectatular with even hems on the hangers, but they fit fine and look decent.  I've worn two of them already, but didn't take pics yet.

Thanks for looking!  Grin
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28  Updated kitchen - inspired by Italian pottery (pic hvy!) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: May 12, 2009 07:23:12 AM
Well, this was supposed to be a low cost makeover.  When it started I was just going to paint the cabinets, take down the wallpaper and paint the walls, and add crown moulding to the soffit.  It ballooned (as most things tend to do!) and we ended up replacing the countertops with quartz and doing a tile backsplash.  We bought this house 6 years ago and we have gradually added color to a pretty drab decorating style.  We plan to live here for awhile and are decorating it to suit our style.  This is by far the most we've spent on any room, since most things have just been paint.  I have several rooms that took me three full days to paint, due to the techniques I've used.

I bought some Italian pottery that had these great designs in brick red, blue and gold on a cream background.  That is what I was going for here.



I did the artwork on the wall and the tile design.  I have been drawing for many years and now I'm finally figuring out things to do with them.  I also stenciled a few of the designs on some drawers.

I put this up on HGTV in their Rate My Space section and it was poorly rated.  They said I should repaint the cabinets white.  Ummmm...no!  It took me forever to paint them this way, which was rather painstaking and I would have quit if I didn't like it!  I'm a bit bummed about that, but I understand that most people seem to have an aversion to COLOR.  They think tan is actually putting color on a wall, and well, that is just not my style.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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29  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: March 31, 2009 08:01:52 AM
Here's a hairstyle that I did for work.  My hair is waistlength and in need of a fresh dye job as you can see. Wink  This is a french twist with the ends at the top separated into two braids and then wound around.  It probably took me maybe 5-7 minutes to do it.

Love the hair that you girls have going on.  I was never risky enough to dye my hair any of those colors but it looks great on. Smiley
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30  Re: Where to Buy Pre-Smocked Fabric Online in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by StacyCK on: March 16, 2009 07:18:51 AM
It may look intimidating, but using elastic thread to shirr is pretty easy.  That way you can use a fabric that you like instead of one of the few varieties they have for shirred fabric.  The ones I have seen in the store were mostly for adults, too, so the shirring was too big for a little one.

I use elastic thread all the time in making clothes for my daughter, and this is a quick and simple way to make a dress.  I made this 4th of July dress in no time using the method below:

You can find elastic thread at any fabric store with a good notions supply. It can be found with the rest of the elastic, not the thread.

1. Hand wind the bobbin with the elastic thread and don't pull it.

2. Use regular thread for your top thread.

3. Set your stitch length to the longest stitch and I usually set the tension around 3-4.

4. Cut your fabric with at least a 2:1 ratio for the size you need.

5. Hem the top of the piece first. It is difficult to do when it is all bunched up.

6. Start sewing in long straight lines. You can trace your guidelines if you want or just go slowly. I use the sewing lines as a guide for distance. I go down three stitches in between each line.

7. When you are done sewing your lines, tie the two threads together. It is hard to use an anchoring stitch with the elastic thread, so tying them together is necessary.

8. Now if it didn't shirr enough while you were sewing, you can use a steam iron to bring it out. It usually shirrs more when I put the outfit in the dryer, too.

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