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41  Super twirly Fall fitted babycord dress and Dinosaur Vest {img heavy} in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: November 12, 2008 07:25:02 AM
I made these for my kids for Picture Day.

To make the dress I used the pattern I have for her knit tops and then added a twirl bottom.  The top pattern has some extra room, but I knew that it would have to have either a zipper or buttons in the back.  I cut the pattern out a few inches below the waistline and split the back, adding an inch for the seam and overlap.  I also lined the top with a cream soft chamois fabric.  The buttons on the back are vintage 70s, I believe.  I may change them out for some plain flat buttons, though, since they are bit bulky to be going down the spine.  The bottom hem is a bit cobbled.  

I should have made the three twirl layers longer than the 5 inches I cut, so I didnt want it to be any shorter.  I decided to use a new package of orange binding I had.  There were 3 yards and I was a about 1 yard short.  Think its a little twirly? Wink  Good thing I had some cream and brown ends that worked to fill in the gap.

I also made her leggings from a pattern I've been using lately.  I have the pattern number in the last topic I posted if you are interested in it.  It's a sweater-like knit.

Dinosaur Vest

The vest is made from a super slippery, very pliable and highly fraying jacquard fabric.  That made it oh so fun to make.  The fabric has a sheen to it and is a bit more green than the second pictures show.  I used a vest pattern I had and just made it longer and added the buttons to the top.  It is lined in not one, but TWO different colors of chamois fabric.  Dont look at the insideits not pretty.  The bottom is actually even, but it doesn't look that way in the photos.  It tended to flip up a bit.  I think I'm going to try again if I can find another "boyish" fabric and make it button down the entire front.  I'd like to find a tailored vest pattern for boys so if anyone has seen one, let me know!  I love vests on boys.  Smiley

Thanks for any comments!  Cheesy
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42  Re: your personal style in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by StacyCK on: October 28, 2008 05:57:25 PM
Well, I want to be this... (Valentines present for hubby - self portrait)

But I have to settle for this, since I'm a Mommy and a CPA (another self-portrait).

MADness - you make me miss my hair.  I cut off 12 inches last year this time (donated to locks of love), but at least I still have a good 12" left LOL!
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43  A plethora of warm knits {lots o' images} in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: October 25, 2008 09:00:09 AM
Since we live in the frigid north, wovens in the wintertime don't work.  They are far too cold, so I am "forced' to work with knits, fleece and fuzzy fabrics to create a warm wardrobe for my kids.  I do have a serger, but use my sewing machine for part of the time.  The key to working with knits is to not pull them while you are sewing them.  They aren't that hard to do...really!  Fleece is a piece of cake - no unraveling at all!

I shared one of her winter outfits previously (that I love!): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267291.msg3006673#msg3006673

Here's some more outfits:

This outfit is my go-to shirt pattern made longer with a leggings pattern I modified a little.  The sleeves and leggings are made out of fleece and the body of the shirt is made from minkee.  It was the end of a baby blanket that didn't match up with the print.  I'm glad I kept it since those little pieces can still work for little clothes.  She LOVED it and wore it right away.  Unfortunately it is a tight fit.  I need to make it a bit wider next time since the fleece and the minkee don't stretch as much as a knit.

This outfit is made from a sweater like knit with animals and a purple fabric that is smooth on one side and fleecey on the other.  Nice and warm!  Both were made from patterns, and the arms were about 4 inches too long.  I love how they fit so true to size (insert sarcasm here).  After I tried it on her and then redid the arms it fits much better.  I couldn't get the pink fuzzy outfit off of her to try it on though, so my little manequin had to stand in for her.   Cheesy

This outfit is just cuteness to an extreme.  I love striped knits!  This is the tunic top with a floral purple for the body and stripe for the arms and the leggings.  Pretty much the same patterns as the first outfit only the shirt isnt quite as long.  She even has a pair of purple and black striped socks that match it exactly.  Wierd but cool.

This next outfit I didnt make the shirt (an ON blank slate), but added the ribbon and buttonsto hide a stain.  You know how it is.  The pants pattern is the same as the blue outfit I linked to, but I added ribbon along the side seam and pockets to the sideand made it correct this time.  I just happened to have ribbon that matched in my stash.  Smiley  She thinks her pants are all too long for her, but when you grow 2 inches in 3 months Mommy wants to make sure they last the winter!

This outfit is another soft knit fabric - nice and warm.  I modified a leggings pattern to add the flare to the legs.  I was going for a more yoga pants look.  The inside of the vest is a nice soft tan chamois fabric, and I have a brown long sleeve thermal t-shirt she can wear with it when it gets cold.  Like now. The vest was supposed to be open with no button.  I can only assume the vest wasnt supposed to be worn for more that 5 minutes with that design, so I added a vintage button.  Vintage means it was in a big bag of mismatched buttons my Mom and/or Grandma Jo gave me.  Im pretty sure its older than me.

That's what I have so far for this winter.  I have TONS of fabric, but right now I have to focus on THE PRINCE.  He wants some clothes for him now. Wink

Thanks for looking and any comments.  Grin
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44  Re: Tunics for autumn (warning: crossdressing) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: October 23, 2008 10:57:51 AM
Those are very cute tops, and so functional since they can be used longer.  Love that.  The fabrics are so cute, too.

I have some printed cord that I'm trying to figure out what to do with it.  There was a great cord dress in an older ottobre 5/2006 http://www.ottobredesign.com/lehdet_js/2006_5/index.html?fi It is the first dress in the "Winter World Tour".  I'm pretty sure I'm going to make it with my fabric, I just need time to draw a pattern.  I had bought that issue and shipped to the States, but my husband recycled it, along with one other issue.  Shocked Thanks hun!

Another thing you can do with babycord is make pants.  Here is a pair I made last year with an embroidered babycord:

Hope that helps.
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45  Halloween costume: Fairy princess dress from fabric I designed {img heavy} in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: October 20, 2008 06:46:28 PM
I made this the same way I make most of her dresses, only I did strips on the skirt and made it floor length.  I added lots of ribbon and lace to the bodice and apron to dress it up.  Rather boring, aren't I?  I took apart a silk flower for the lovely little centerpiece and added a fancy butterfly button.  The apron is actually a large pocket...just right to fill up with candy.  This dress is all about girlyness.  The pictures are a little yellow, so the true color is in the bottom shot.  We got her accessories at the local Renaissance Festival.  The mask is a painted leather mask and the wings are size adjustable so both should last her for a few years.

The fabric is from artwork I hand drew and then scanned, cleaned up and made into designs in Photoshop.  I had it printed at www.spoonflower.com.

This cape I made from a pattern in a size 8.   Fuzzy white on one side and pink flannel on the inside.

Wearing it sans wings and mask - she's just a simple princess in this shot. Wink

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46  Re: Daft question! Which fabric for winter sewing? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by StacyCK on: August 13, 2008 12:42:03 PM
I also love to sew with minky - I made this last year with a minky that has minimal stretch.  It was nice and warm and clearly her favorite since she could pet her clothes. Wink

You can also mix cottons with knits like this:

This top was lined with the pink knit and was nice and warm for her:

HTH and gives you some ideas. Smiley
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47  Pink froofrooness...a few skirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: August 13, 2008 07:47:46 AM
I made this skirt with two layers of ruffles at the bottom with lace over the seam on the top ruffle.  This is not a skirt that can be ran in, however.  Walking fast is even a bit of a challenge, but I still love it.

This next skirt is another for my business wardrobe.  A similar tube with a gathered layer.  I wore this during a conference, and I unfortunately made the waist a bit too small.  I was a so  uncomfortable by the end of the day after sitting in it all day longah, the price of beauty.  Wink

Thanks for looking and any comments!  Grin
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48  Re: Who's thinking about Halloween already?? Last year's lovelies for my kids in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: August 09, 2008 08:29:11 PM
Thanks so much!  I asked Anya today what she wanted for 2008  and since I just made an art picture of her with wings, she said she wanted to be a princess with wings.  Yay!  My favorite!

I totally forgot to put up Anya's costume from 2006!  I didn't make my boy's outfit until last year.  If you can't tell, we need warm Halloween costumes up here.  Wink

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49  Who's thinking about Halloween already?? Last year's lovelies for my kids in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: August 08, 2008 08:38:01 AM
Well I know we still have 3 months, but I was down to the wire last year, so I'd like to get them done early this year.  I'm thinking another princessy/renaissancy dress for my daughter and my son is probably going to want to go as Ben 10 or something else that I can't sew.  Last year it was either Spiderman or a Pirate and I convinced him on the pirate.  I actually tried to buy a costume for him, but it was so cheaply made that I took it back.  I did buy his hat, boots  and sword though.  He couldn't take mommy and daddy's swords off the walls. Wink

Okay, so here was the Pirate and the Princess from last year:

Yes, there were annoyed with me...thanks for asking. Wink

His pirate pants are made out of a striped brown corduroy fabric.  I made them short and cuffed to show off his pirate boots that I found on Ebay.  I just modified a pattern to make the cuff.

The shirt fabric is a butter-soft fleece, and is accented with a soft brown leather.

His vest I made out of a royal blue velveteen and it is lined with a brown suede-like material.  I used leather cord to make the loops for the little silver celtic buttons.  The belt is made out of the same lining used in his vest, which I put over black webbing I actually bought for purse handles.  I buckle I've had in my notions stash for years.

Here is Anya's Halloween Renaissance style dress that I made for her.  I made the top dress from scratch and it is a nice cotton.  It is shirred in the back of the bodice, and the straps button on the front (hidden so it looks pretty).  The top dress has gold trimmings on the bodice and gold/cream piping around the bottom of the top skirt at the ruffle.  I put a cord through the skirts so I could tie them up and show the dress underneath.  The bottom dress I made from a pattern, and I just made it longer.  It is a teal velvet.

The headpiece we picked up at the local renaissance faire last fall.

Which??  They both should be able to still wear these outfits for the this years Ren Faire!  I can't wait to take pictures of them in their "element".   Smiley
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50  Last Fall/Winter clothing - SOME ideas in making clothes for Fall IMG HVY in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: August 01, 2008 10:32:26 AM
Since I wasn't on Craftster until this year, I thought I would share what I made for my girl last year.

One thing that I really like to do is buy the "blanks" on sale at the end of the season.  Plain long t-shirts, or for summer, plain tanks and t-shirts.  They sell them so cheap it isn't worth making the plain ones.  I just bought up a bunch at Old Navy in their summer clearances, and have some stored from last year's winter clearance. 

I made up a few pants/shirt sets where I appliqued or dressed up the shirt

I made a few outfits with pants and then a top that went over a plain t-shirt.  These were shirred in the back.

My favorite!!

And a nice fuzzy wuzzy outfit - the top is even lined in knit

Thanks for looking and any comments!  I just love looking for inspiration and hope to give the same. Smiley

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