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51  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fairy outfit for my little fairy girl on: March 26, 2008 07:33:04 AM
I love fairies, and I am trying to get my girl to love them, too!  Wink  

She wore this on Easter so I finally got an action shot of her wearing it (the color is off in this shot, though):  


I made the dress pattern.  I redrafted a basic bodice for the sizing, and it snaps under the right arm (I didn't feel like putting in a zipper!).  There is a satin ribbon at the waist with pretty glass buttons.  I added the little ruffle onto a basic pants pattern.  I used a cheapo plain t-shirt from Target that matched and appliqued some of the fabric onto it.  I'm not entirely happy with it yet, though.  I think it needs a yoyo and a button.  

The whole outfit can be worn all together or separately.  Right now it is too cold for the short-sleeved top, so it was a turtleneck for Easter.  I love, love, love this fairy fabric.  It is so pretty and feminine.  It is reminiscent of early 20th century art.  I can't remember who the fabric designer was.







Thanks for looking and your comments!  Grin
52  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Shirred top and tiered skirt - wishing it was summer again! on: March 23, 2008 07:49:07 AM
Well, we've probably had at least a foot of snow dumped on us this week, and I'm so wishing for summer!  Here is an outfit that I made my little girl last March, and she actually was able to wear it a few times.  Not so this March...its been COLD and snowy!

Here is the top, with the shirring on the back.  I drafted the top and skirt patterns from scratch.  I made several boo-boos on the top while stitching it together, but it was the first time sewing it, so that happens.  I wanted the top lined in the front, as the shirred seams were a bit bulky.  I wanted them enclosed so they wouldnt chafe her sides and also so they would lay better.  I had to rip those seams out at least twice until I got it rightugh! I have made several variations of this pattern since then, so I usually don't have to rip out anything.  Wink



I love the look of the corset tops with the ribbons and bows, but I try to make my kids clothing to be practical.  Ribbon would get untied in about 2 seconds.  Instead of ribbon, I used matching rickrack that I sewed into the sides.



Action shots



Picture I took on her birthday at a park

53  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My design - piggy dress for my daughter (shirred back) on: March 19, 2008 08:27:44 AM
I have made the basic top design many times.  The back is shirred and the bodice is lined.  The skirt I just start cutting and piecing and figure out along the way what I want to do.  Eventually I will probably do a tutorial for this type of dress, but not right now.  I don't have time!

Fun picture -



Picture of the inside and the halter top -



Picture just after I finished it up...she wanted to wear it right away, sweatpants and all!

54  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tutorial - Mei Tai on: March 19, 2008 07:25:19 AM
Hi there!  I'm new and thought I would share a Mei Tai tutorial that I have made previously.  I called them "Stacy's Stylin' Mei Tai's" when I sold them.  This is a .pdf file, so you will need Adobe Reader to see it.  It is picture heavy so have patience while it loads.  

http://thelandofka.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/how_to_make_a_mei_tai1.pdf

Here are a few pictures of Mei Tai's I have made (I've made over 50....probably over 60 at this point!)

http://the-kraft-family.com/v-web/gallery/albums/MaiTei/Baptism_0151.sized.jpg

http://the-kraft-family.com/v-web/gallery/albums/MaiTei/packersmeitai_4111.sized.jpg

Hope you find it useful!
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