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41  Hot tamale baby doll top and cuffed leggings in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: August 13, 2008 01:18:44 AM
This is my second attempt in turning a t-shirt into a dress, this time with knit instead of woven.  And I knocked up some cuffed leggings too.  That was without a pattern so they're a bit baggier than I would like.  Or maybe it's just because the fabric is cheap and doesn't recover well from being stretched Sad

I couldn't get a normal picture of her upright, had to settle for jumping on the couch, sigh...

My son thought it would look better with some Lazytown stickers

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42  A million pleas for help on this tshirt to dress recon! + UPDATED PICS in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: August 11, 2008 08:53:06 AM
I have heaps of blank tees that I can't be bothered to applique and thought a good use was to turn them into  dresses.  Here is one a made this morning, it is too small for dd (original tshirt is 3-6m but I got it on her nonetheless!) so ignore the length.  This is the first time I've tried to do this so there are a few glaring mistakes, namely that I forgot to loosen pressure foot so it stretched the shirt and my gathering isn't great.  But something bugs me... is it that the t-shirty bit is too plain with such a crazy print skirt?  Because the neckline is too unisex and not girly enough?  Did I gather too much fabric width for the skirt so it puffs out too much?  Or should I have used knit for the skirt too?  Skirt start too high up?  Will topstitching help?  If so, will it still be easy enough to slip over the head if the topstitching takes away some of the stretch?  Anyone have any ideas?!

Here it is with flower applique. I like it much better.

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43  Can't help spoiling my niece, things I have made her (heaps o' pics) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: August 09, 2008 02:35:24 PM
Before there was dd, there was dn.  So I started spoiling her.  Now there is dd and dn, but the spoiling precedent has been set (plus she's so darn cute), so I continue spoiling her.

My first sewing projects were in stretch jersey.  I didn't know a thing about sewing, so I didn't know any better  Wink .  And I couldn't follow a pattern, so made my own up.  There were many tears.

Then I moved onto fleece:

And these are from our trip last month:

BTW, the boy in these pics is my son, he won't wear anything I make  Angry

Pictures aren't great, we were planning a proper photo session but dn broke her leg within days of us getting there (purely coincidental by the way  Wink )
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44  More adventures in free-styling: taking on a pleated dress and losing in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: August 06, 2008 01:57:57 PM
I bought this in the States and love it so much.  It has pleats, which I've never done, but I'm trying to challenge myself to learn proper sewing so I though I would give it a bash. 

I decided to use the blue stripey fabric (again) as I thought it would be easier to do pleats with the stripes as a guide.  Maybe it is, but I stared and folded and ironed and un-ironed and refolded and re-ironed for about two hours before I conceded defeat and decided to gather instead.  The original dress has buttons all down the back but, hey, I'm new to buttons (and frankly couldn't be bothered).  So a single button would do, right?  Wrong, I thought it looked a bit small and when I tried to get it on dd this morning just the very tip of her head poked through like a reverse yarmulka  Angry I would've struggled to get a cat's head through there.

There was nothing to do but slice the dress about eight inches down the middle back (thus destroying gathering) and make a bit of binding.  Seeing where this was going, I didn't bother gathering again.

As binding is red, thought it needed a bit of accent red on the front (I was wrong), wracked my brain for far too long, wandering around the house staring at things for inspiration.  Settled on a flower, so much for inspiration.

I think the result is vaguely institutional, like a Victorian sanitarium (without the flower I would imagine).  A combination of not re-gathering in the back and the blue stripes.  Maybe it would look better in a different fabric but I don't think I will waste precious fabric on this!

Nevermind, it's done now.  And she doesn't seem to mind.

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45  The "ugly" coat, with tute!! **added action pic** in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: August 04, 2008 05:48:51 PM
So we're just back from our holiday and I'm itching to use my new fall fabrics.  My aunt sent me a gorgeous vintage coat, and it fits dd, so I figure "I can make that, how hard can it be?  I can sew peasant tops, and trousers and shirred dresses!  The vintage coat was sewn ENTIRELY BY HAND, and I have a machine, right?"  This coat has two panels on each side of the front, two panels in the back, two collars and is fully lined.

Here's the coat:

Here's my tute on how to totally mess up making a coat:

1.  Ignore the basic structure of lovely original coat. Stick to the rough a-line shape, trace around the coat back and sleeve, added a bit of seam allowance.  Become baffled (I've never done buttons before) so wasn't sure about how much they should overlap, how much I should be folding etc.  So wing it and hope for the best. 

2. Cut fabric as per my "pattern".  Forget about logic and cut front left panel on the wrong side of fabric.  Sigh and cut again.

3.  Do normal things like sewing shoulders and sleeves.  Note that sleeves are not wide enough to match up but go for it anyway as it's stretch cord (this will haunt me later)

4.  Do other normal things like sewing up sides of body and sleeves, do again because of bad pinning.  Hem but forget about the stretch factor and end up with a wavy hem.  Put a brave face on.

5.  Now basic jacket is constructed, celebrate!  Wait a minute, this fabric is ugly, lament!  Here's proof:

6.  Now that everything I know how to do is finished, consider how to do the buttoney bit.  Decide a bit a folding and lots of topstitching.  Then ignore.

7.  Hmm, what about the collar?  Never done one of those before... Cut what you perceive one to look like out of paper, laugh, cut another, laugh bitterly, cut another, adopt stoic attitude towards weird collar.

8.  Find garish fabric to make collar.  If this coat can get uglier, it's ironic right??

9.  Attach collar, realise that center bit above buttons is unfinished so the dreaded bias tape must be used. 

10.  Stare at unfinished sleeves, decide to use fabric from collar.  Cut what you think a cuff looks like out of paper (too narrow) and then again a bit better.  Cut fabric on the wrong fold.  Cut correctly (ish, that stretch will come in handy again) and attach.

11.  Pull out instruction manual for sewing machine and stare blankly at the 10 page button hole section.  Pick one and hope for the best.  Realise it's wider than the topstitching you did with relish earlier.  Have the foresight to stabilise with stitch and tear, but not that you should keep it there when ripping the inside of button hole.

12.  Lose buttons down the back of the couch.  Find buttons (amongst other things). Attach buttons badly so the panel bunches.

You're done, admire ugly coat!  Consider whether it's child abuse to make dd wear it...

Not for the faint hearted, here are pics of the finished article!

In the cold light of day, decide to try it on and I really like it!

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46  Prairie / secretarial chic in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: July 01, 2008 02:16:11 AM
I loved this fabric (bit more understated than I usually go for but I thought I'd try something a bit more subtle for once!) and it was on sale so I tried a couple of different things with it.

Here is a peasant dress with lacey bow and trim (pardon the bed hed!)

Here's a shorter top (she should have more than just a nappy on but I was desperate to get pics before her nap!)

I knew how I wanted it to look but it was a total ordeal getting there... first attempt was just an elasticated band at the top (terrible!), then shirred only outside the front panel (bizarre) and then finally shirred basically everywhere, it's better but still not exactly what I was after...  Teaches me right for sewing after midnight!
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47  Re: Newest Dresses (5 pics) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: June 28, 2008 03:52:35 PM
Love the dresses!  I'm partial to zebra print too... 

I can't see the mistake , but you could do a zebra-print applique... something simple like a star maybe and you could you fushia thread on the zig zag stitch?  Here is soemthing similar I've done:

Or even an applique of a zebra silhouette?  I did that to the bodice of one of my fleece dresses, here's a pic:

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48  Going daft on bloomers (and shirred dresses)... super IMG overload!!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: June 27, 2008 03:27:56 PM
Living in the UK (but having grown up in the States), I look on wistfully at all your children wearing lovely summer clothes...  I've made some too but it's not quite the same under a sweater, rain jacket and with woolly tights!

But we're off to the States to visit my folks on Thurs, so I'm going nuts making summer clothes dd can actually wear, hooray!

Last week it was shirred dresses, this week it's bloomers.  I've made about 20 pairs, plain ones every colour under the sun (I'll not bore you with those pics) and some patterned ones to wear with matching tops / dresses or with plain tees.  I chose bloomers over normal shorts as I don't like nappies poking through wide leg openings...  Thats just me!  Sadly, few action pics now, I'll update when we're back!

These are the prototype in plain white.  You think she'd look happier having just stole her brother's apple!

See, they allow a huge range of movement! 

With matching shirred dresses

Did these in red and white, pink and white and black and white, for wearing with plain tees or this dress

For friends three month old, with mataching plain red bloomers.  Made one for her sister too (3yr old)

Love the fabric, hate the dress....

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49  Ode to vegbee part one: Peasant tops - img overload!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: May 29, 2008 02:07:24 PM
Here is an homage to vegbee's wonderful tute on peasant tops, she's my hero! I think the wovens need shirring to nip them in but the knits drape okay... what do everyone else think?

Intended to be worn with trousers!  It was just a quick pic to check it out before giving it as a gift for a first birthday!

I made the cupcake top at about 1AM the night before her birthday!

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50  Re: Gorgeous or garish?? in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: May 29, 2008 10:46:33 AM
Thanks for all your feedback everyone!  It's been so helpful.

MissTessaMelissa, I have made it in a shirt, with normal rather than contrast sleeves!  Here's the pic:

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