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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Some fun stuff for lil 'ol me :) 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
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My cool little dude in otto (img heavy) 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!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Self drafted summer dresses for my princess 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.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer sundress and shirts drafted from RTW 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
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Updated kitchen - inspired by Italian pottery (pic hvy!) 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

26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / St. Patty's Day Twirly skort and TUTORIAL :) on: March 13, 2009 07:35:47 PM
Hey all!

Sorry no action shots this time.  I'm waiting to show it to her on St. Patty's, otherwise I'll be doing some extra laundry before the day. Wink  I added a removeable treasure pouch to this one, so it is different from the ones I shared here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293586.msg3338402#msg3338402

The tutorial:  http://thelandofka.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/twirly-shorts.pdf

Let me know if there are any issues with the .pdf.  I have a new computer and had to download Reader, but I don't feel like restarting my computer right now so I couldn't open it.  It should work though.  If you use it, I'd love to see it! Cheesy

Thanks for any comments. Smiley

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Faux headboard for the princess' room on: February 27, 2009 07:45:49 PM
When our little angel was in the womb we bought this great crib that would turn into a full size bed.  Unfortunately when we went to convert it, the bed was too wide for the nook.  There is no room for the bed in her little room right now.  This nook in her bedroom housed a changing table/desk built into the walk. I bet I could have jumped up and down on it and it wouldn't have broken.  It had a 2x4 in the wall with groves that had steel rods in it.  Well, I took that down and had a lovely unpainted patch where her bed was to go.  I freehanded a pattern on the wall, and voila...a quasi headboard!

I wasn't trying to get it even on each side, just sorta matching.  I love the unstructured feel of it.  Plus it was FREE!  I just used paint  from the many extra leftover paint cans residing in our basement.

I love how this room turned out.  When it started as her nursery, I made the crib bedding, curtains and recovered a chair to match.  The wall art came from an Amy Brown calendar that I just cut out my favorites and put in matted frames from Michaels.  It's really fun to decorate when they have no say in the matter. Wink

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffles aren't just for little girls! on: February 24, 2009 06:43:23 AM
After making many a ruffley concoction for my daughter, I decided it was my turn.

This top I made from a peasant style top I already owned.  It has the raglan-style sleeve (not a set in sleeve), so it was pretty simple to draw up.  I made the sleeve twice as wide as the original, and a bit longer.  I wanted it more poofy, so I just added shirring at the wrists.  The neckline and waist have elastic in a channel.

The skirt was a rework.  I originally sewed it up, and found I put the seam on the outside for the top part. GAH!  I thought I could make it work, did a few more things and tried it on.  Not good.  I took it apart added the smaller ruffle and made the top a bit smaller with the seam on the inside.  All good.  This has an elastic waist, too, and the fabric has a little stretch.

I didnt buy these pieces with the intent that they would be a matching outfit, but it worked out pretty well!  I love it!

Oh, and I made the jewelry I'm wearing with it, too, many, many moons ago.  It matches perfectly!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Self drafted skort and matching shirts from artwork I drew on: February 22, 2009 06:12:28 PM
This twirly skorts I made by frankensteining a pants pattern I had.  I took the pattern off at the length I wanted. It didn't take too long to make the pattern and the skorts went together in less than an hour.  Easy!

The shirts I got printed at spreadshirt.com.  I drew the artwork and manipulated them in photoshop to match the fabric that I already had.  They were pretty reasonable, too, which is...odd.  I got some shirts printed for my son, too, so I have to make some matching shorts for him.  Since it snowed this weekend, I have plenty of time.  Wink

Thanks for looking and any comments!  Grin
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fun outfit...copied the shirt from a RTW one I own on: February 14, 2009 09:14:25 AM
Here's an outfit I made. 

The skirt is just a simple tube with a drop on it to the ruffle.  Elastic waist.  The fabric is a heavy stretch so it holds it's shape really well.

The top I made by using one I already had.  The original has shorter sleeves and no cowl neck, though. I just cut a pattern from the original.  I love this fabric it has a great pattern and is a really light knit so it lays so well.  Especially with having such wide arms, I didn't want it to be heavy.

Funny aside...I didn't have any tracing paper big enough so I started foraging through fabric I don't use so I could cut it into a pattern.  I came across some awful 80's fabric with some puff paint geometric shapes on it that my grandma gave me this year.  Bless her heart...she probably bought it to make some clothes for me and my cousins but never got around to it.  She probably thought I could use it since I sew so much...ummmmm, NO LOL!

Thanks for looking and any comments!   Smiley
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