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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: December 02, 2012 12:49:10 PM
My youngest will be starting kindergarten next year, and I know from my older kids going through the same elementary school that a lot of times the school is fairly chilly.  So, I started hunting around on Ravelry and found a couple patterns for sweaters that I really liked and wanted to make for her.

This first one was a free pattern by Sharon Volkman called Girl's Lacy Sweater.  In the pattern it called for all one color, but I thought that was a little blah...and I think every 5 year old little girl HAS to have a piece of clothing with a rainbow on it. 

Next is Girls Classic Cardigan by Lisa van Klaveren in yellow.  The buttons are sentimental, because they were in the stash of buttons I got when my mom passed away.  I really like this one, but I don't know if it's going to fit her next year because it fits her pretty well right now...seems like her patterns are written a little on the small-side...or it could just be that my yarn was a tad thin.  This isn't a free pattern, I bought it from her Etsy shop Holland Designs.

This blue one is my FAVORITE of all.  It worked up really fast and I love that even though you can tell it's handmade it's kind of...classy (not sure if that's quite the word I'm looking for but hey).  This is another pattern I bought off Etsy, but this one is by Jennifer Pionk and is called Classic Charm Girls Cardigan.  As much as I love this pattern, there really wasn't much by way of directions for making the sleeves, so I had to write my own.  That's not such a bad thing though, because I got exactly the look I was going for.  Just wish it came in some larger sizes as my older daughter would love to have one too.  The button is actually from my late grandmother's button stash, so there's some sentimentality to this one as well.

Last is a red jumper I made from some yarn I had left over for another project...and is also Jennifer Pionk's Classic Charm Girls Cardigan.  This one I made in my daughter's current size instead of planning for next year so that she can wear it at our family gathering this Christmas.

Whew!  I've been busy...not too shabby for 2-3 weeks' work.  Happy Holidays all!   Grin
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Tie Dye undershirt? on: May 06, 2010 09:49:19 AM
Two years ago my son's first grade class did tie-dye as an end of year activity.  The school supplied them with shirts, which were Hanes 100% cotton undershirts (I'm assuming because they're cheaper than the beefy t's).  Anyhow, his shirt ended up really faded looking and after a few washings no longer looked tie-dyed, more like someone dumped a vat of seriously water-down kool-aid on him.

Anyhow...for Mother's Day I thought it would be fun for my kids and I to have a little backyard tie-dye party.  I bought a Procion kit from Dharma and before really thinking about it I bought all the kids Hanes undershirts (because of  cost).  Now I'm wondering if we'll have the same problems as he had before with the dye coming out looking faded.  Anyone have expierience with this?  Should I go out and get some heavier-weight cotton shirts?

It's also possible that the school didn't use Procion dye or watered it down since it was the entire 1st grade doing the dyeing.

Any tips?  They've already told me they want the bright, vibrant colors.  I did buy a larger kit so that my sister-in-law can use whatever's left over for her girl scouts...so if I need to bulk up on the dye mix it shouldn't be a problem.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A-Line Tunic for my daughter's 7th birthday PIC HEAVY on: January 28, 2010 05:15:39 PM
My older daughter turned 7 yesterday, and I made this top for her as a present.  She's not really into peasant tops but likes the hippie look, so this pattern worked out well for her.  She picked the main fabric and I chose the contrast.  It was very easy to make, even though I'm not a fan of doing sleeves...but they def. get easier with practice.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Am I The Only One Brainstorming For Spring/Summer? And small rant on: January 11, 2010 06:24:52 AM
After getting 2 feet of snow 3 days after moving into our new house I am soooooo done with winter!  I've started brainstorming and collecting patterns to make Spring/Summer clothes for my daughters (my son is getting to THAT age so I'm not allowed to sew him anything but pajama pants). 

Anyone else starting to brainstorm for their child's spring/summer sewing?

I'm kind of burned out on peasant tops and tunics...although I will probably still make a couple since the girls do like them.

My headache is coming from finding patterns for what I am envisioning in my head.  My oldest girl is 7 and doesn't particularly care for the babydoll tops, I'm looking for something that's a pullover (but not jersey knit) and more of an A-line instead of babydoll or empire waisted.  I'm looking for pullovers for her because she hates the kind that button at the back...Miss Independent can't button them herself and doesn't like to ask for help to get dressed...and she has hair down to her waist that ALWAYS gets wound around the button at some point throughout the day. 

I am not good at making my own patterns...9 times out of 10 I end up wasting a lot of time and fabric and then end up just making the thing that wasn't quite what I was looking for.

Any advice/suggestions?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Back To School Wardrobe **PIC HEAVY** on: July 27, 2009 05:39:50 PM
This year my daughter wanted me to make her most (if not all) of her back to school clothes, so I got started on it about two weeks ago.  I want to make her some special outfits as well with applique's and the whole bit...but I think this is a good start for normal everyday kind of wear.  All of the outfits have matching headbands because I'm letting her grow her bangs out and I cannot stand them being in her face.

I had originally intended for this to be her first day of school outfit, but I think the jumper is a little too big.  It's a YCMT pattern (CarlaC's Simply Sweet).

I had enough fabric left over to make this skort (YCMT CarlaC's preppy skorts).  I think this one will be her first day of school outfit instead.

For the top I used CarlaC's Peasant pattern with the ruffled neckline and sleeve option.  The skort is the same pattern I used for the previous one, I just made it a bit longer.  The fabric was a shower curtain that my mom had made, hung up to see how it looked in her bathroom, then took back down when she decided she didn't like it.

Easy-Fit pants made from extra fabric.

You can't tell by her expression, but this is her favorite outfit...but I cut the elastic too short and it's a bit too tight so I have to pull it out and redo it.  Another CarlaC preppy skort, this time done with the twirly-skirt option.

Sophie Tunic (YCMT) with easy-fit pants that I modified to make into a flare leg.

I can't remember the name of this pattern, but it's another YCMT one.  It's not as baggy as it looks, I haven't sewn the button onto the back yet.  The pants were made from some velvet decorator fabric my mom gave me after she decided she didn't want to make a slip cover afterall.   Grin

Another CarlaC peasant top with easy fit pants.

Sophie Tunic made with the fabric I had left over after I made her skirt.  This one is her favorite shirt...it's a batik but I'm not sure of the fabric content...feels almost like silk.  My husband calls it "her 70's-going-to-the-disco-shirt".

I'm still making more stuff...and I also started making outfits for my youngest daughter (21 months) as well.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Dumb question...what shoes? on: July 24, 2009 07:03:12 AM
I love circle skirts for little girls.  I was thinking of making my daughter a long circle skirt for part of her back-to-school wardrobe but was wondering what shoes would look right with it?  I know they look cute with sandals in the summer, but obviously she can't wear those during our lovely northeast Fall and Winter. 

Any suggestions?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / YCMT Sophie Tunic on: July 20, 2009 08:41:20 AM
I had a stack of flannel receiving blankets from when my youngest was a baby, and when I saw the Sophie Tunic from SisBoom on YCMT I thought it would make a cute pajama top (toddler pj's aren't supposed to have elastic necklines...so a peasant top wasn't going to work).

I had enough of the green check left over to make her coordinating easy-fit pants with the main tunic fabric as a contrasting cuff.

Action shots (sorry for the pic quality, it's not easy getting decent pictures of a 21-month-old).

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / What should I make with this? on: April 13, 2009 01:18:39 PM
I bought this really cute fabric last week to make something for my girls with, but now that I have it I don't know what to make.  I know my older daughter is going to want to wear it constantly because she's really into rainbows and unicorns and stuff, and I was thinking maybe a dress or skirt to try and get her to wear more girly things...but I think it would also look really cute as pajamas or a top.

Help!  I need suggestions!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easter Outfits on: April 13, 2009 06:39:55 AM
My oldest daughter usually refuses to wear dresses, so when I made Easter outfits this year I made her and my little one matching pants-outfits.  I really wish I had done dresses instead, because they turned out looking a little too much like pajamas. 

For the girls I did matching (although reversed the fabrics) portrait peasant tops (YCMT) and easy-fit pants (YCMT) from Farmer's Market print fabric.  I used a scrap of the leftover fabric to make my older daughter a matching headband.  I had planned to make them both sashes from the fabric I used to make my son's tie, but didn't have enough.  For my son I made a pair of easy-fit pants (YCMT) from a pair of khaki pants my mom gave me...she recently lost weight and they're too big for her now.  The tie is also a YCMT pattern, which I did in an Amy Butler solid to match the green in the girls' outfits.  Unfortunately I goofed when sewing the tie and did the neck portion too narrow, so I couldn't turn it.  Luckily it was a solid fabric so we could still use it.

I also made myself a peasant shirt using a Simplicity pattern, but instead of doing a drawstring neckline I just used elastic.  The fabric came from a shower curtain my mom didn't want anymore.

Here's the pics:

All the kids together:

Oldest Daughter:

Younger Daughter:

My son and I:

Oldest Daughter's Outfit:

Younger Daughter's Outfit:
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / VENT--looks like pajamas on: April 04, 2009 03:45:42 PM
I spent the day making my daughters' Easter outfits.  I used easy-fit pants and the portrait peasant top patterns from YCMT.  Don't get me wrong, I love the patterns and I do think they came out cute...just a little too much like pajamas.

I think if I had gone with a heavier-weight solid fabric for the pants it wouldn't be so bad. 

Oh well, at least they'll be comfy.   Wink
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