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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Superheroes in miniature on: November 07, 2010 06:38:08 AM

This year I made my kids coordinating superhero costumes out of the most masochist fabrics I could find: stretch metallic lycra and silk touch lycra.  They look like unitards but for toddler toileting reasons, they are separate tops and leggings with briefs over the top Smiley

Their initials are appliqued to the chest.

And with matching capes.

The masks I had to back with felt and stitch close to the edge and trim because the lycra was so slippery and fine I couldn't think of anything else to do!

The kids loved them and were generally hilarious all day being heroic Smiley  Thanks for looking!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Take that, Skeletor on: November 01, 2009 12:33:49 PM
Although Halloween isn't a huge event in the UK, the kids were invited to a party and I wanted to make them something different.

If I'd been more organised, I would have bought them blanks to embellish but I ran out of time so I had to make their tops and leggings from scratch too!  Basically, I made three different dillusions of bleach/water and spent two days painting and blow-drying skeletons to get an Xray effect.  I have no work in progress pictures because I was basically off my face on bleach fumes  Wink 

Oh, and just to add to my workload, I did the backs too!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Aviary top with butterfly sleeves on: April 13, 2009 10:18:16 AM
I wanted to make something a little bit dressier for my dd to wear to an Easter party but she spends a lot of time rough-housing with her brother (or any other unfortunate child within her reach) and generally being a tomboy so I didn't want to go the full-dress route.  Plus it was an outdoor party and it's still pretty cold here.  So in the end I made another swing top (sigh...), but made very gathered butterfly sleeves to dress it up a bit.  I couldn't find a tute for the butterfly sleeves so I winged it (pardon the pun) and despite them being maybe a bit too sticky-outy I really liked the way they looked. I love this fabric (and sadly only have enough for one more thing  Cry) and it reverses to red with tiny white dots.

Thanks for looking, feedback always appreciated!  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / More asymetrical jackets on: March 24, 2009 08:15:03 AM
I've made a couple more asymetrical jackets since my original polkadot cord one. 

The first one is in my favourite orange bird fabric, reversing to the polkadot cord that I seem to be using for absolutely everything these days.  It has two massive buttons to the side, using the fabric from the other side of the jacket.  I hope this makes the black and white side less 'Halloweeney'  (this is the technical term) than if it was just plain orange buttons.  I was a little bit nervous making it because it was a size 5T and I've never made anything that big before! 

The second one is fushia with lime green leaves (I'm obsessed with these colours just now) and I've reversed it to lime green heavyweight cotton.  Lime buttons on the front and pink and white polkadot buttons on the back.  Unfortunately I had run out of massive buttons, so I think these are a bit too small.  I'm trying to decide whether to redo the buttonholes to make them bigger...

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Jungle diva birthday bling (oh, and some pandas and a tute link) on: February 23, 2009 12:57:27 PM
Firstly, let me clear up that this isn't dd's birthday dress, it was a birthday dress for a friend's daughter.  She is Argentinian and way more flamboyant than me.  Grin  My brief was leopard fake fur, so I decided to make it reversible (as all of my decisions are these days).  The other side is black twill with a leopard print heart applique.  The fake fur had a slight stretch and twill did not, so it was a bit maddening to make.  She liked it so much that I made an identical one for her older daughter this week.  So now there are two Argentinian / Scottish jungle divas running around now.  Grin

Tried it on dd for size of course, and it was a smidge too big.  Son got insanely jealous so was fashioned a loincloth.  Oh, how he'll hate me when he's older!  BTW, sock hand is not an accessory or eccentricity, ds broke dd's finger (and nearly severed it) in a door, so the sock covers a cast.  Tongue

The second dress is the obligatory polkadot cord and the other side is my favourite panda print of yore. 

As nice as it is sewing for the sheer joy of it, it also served a purpose of illustrating my third reversible tutorial on my blog! http://kitschycoo.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-make-things-reversible-part.html

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Asymmetrical swing jacket+ reversible waistcoat, trousers and skirt (tute links) on: February 18, 2009 06:26:55 AM
I'm still going a bit daft on reversible clothes and I'm trying to make as many different types as possible for reversible tutes on my blog.  So in the last couple of weeks I've made reversible trousers, a skirt, a waistcoat and I finished a little jacket this morning. 

The coat is for spring, it has polkadot corduroy on one side and red heavyweight cotton on the others.  I made it button far to the side with two buttons, and with a big asymetrical collar.  My dh didn't like it, he though I'd just messed a normal collar up!  Roll Eyes  It has wide sleeves because I like to see the other fabric up the sleeves.  Cheesy

The reversible trousers and skirt are the same polkadot cord on one side and apple print baby cord on the other. The trousers have had quite a bit of wear but the skirt is languishing in the back of the drawer... she's not much of a skirt girl. 

The waistcoat is unfortunately unwearable by dd, I didn't take into account when drafting the pattern that she has a ginormous buddha belly  Smiley  Maybe I'll send it to my svelte little niece  Grin 

I have done two of my five or six reversible tutes so far:
How to draft or adapt a pattern to make it reversible: http://kitschycoo.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-to-make-things-reversible-part-one.html
How to make reversible skirt or trousers: http://kitschycoo.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-make-things-reversible-part-two.html

I'll post links to the other over the next couple of weeks!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Need advice on licensing patterns on: February 02, 2009 02:52:28 AM
Hello there, I just started selling some of my patterns and tutorials and it's going well so far.  I have a caveat at the bottom of the listing to contact me if you want to sell what you've made and... someone has!  I wasn't really expecting it, so I didn't have any answer ready!  And now I don't know what to say...  Tongue

I'd love to get some advice.  Is it greedy to pursue licensing fees?  I pretty much taught myself to sew based on free online sources (particularly here) and feel bad about going against that ethos.  At the same time, I worked very hard drafting and re-drafting the pattern, and honestly, we're really struggling for money.  I've done a lot of research since she asked, and $100 / year seems to be the most common figure I'm finding for cottage licenses for other sewing patterns.  That seems pretty steep (I wouldn't pay that to use someone else's pattern), but the pattern in question is a coat and I sell them for $75 each.  I guess I would probably do a lifetime license, I don't like the idea of pursuing someone for money every year!

The other thing she said is that she wouldn't be selling them online, only at craft fairs.  I'm in the UK and she's in Canada so she wouldn't exactly encroach on my territory!  Smiley  Anyone ever came across a 2-tier system, where it would cost less if you didn't sell online?!

Honest advice would really help me out!  Smiley  Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Under this respectable veneer, danger lurks... on: January 29, 2009 06:08:06 AM
I finished version two of my boys coat last night.  Version one was the marching band coat and it was single breasted with a hood, this one is double breasted with a pointy collar.  Is the collar too big?  Huh 

This side of the coat is blue twill and I've closed it with with green buttons. I had black buttons all laid out, but decided that was a little bit too conservative for me so I used forest green. What do you think? It was about 1AM when I made this decision so maybe it wasn't an entirely lucid conclusion!  I was planning on six buttons but I ran out of supplies, should I add them when I get more or is it okay with four?

This picture shows how the cut differs from the girl's version, it's more boxy and wider through the shoulders. It's still slightly a-line but much less so than the girl's.

He might look like a respectable little fellow, but I made the other side out of Tattoo fabric from Alexander Henry. Might look innocent enough from a distance (albeit busy), but take looking closer there are tattoos, knives, gambling and pneumatic women in bikinis. Perfect for an impressionable toddler. But maybe not for Grandma.  Grin

Thanks for looking, feedback always appreciated!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Happy teeth, happy me! on: January 23, 2009 07:50:18 AM
I came across some of this teeth fabric about six months ago and fell in love. I tried to get more (the first one I bought was an orange colourway and I haven't used it yet) but it's ten years out of print and super rare.  I did find a couple of yards of this red colourway and snapped it right up.  It's been languishing in my stash because I love it so much I don't want to use it.  You know how it is!  Roll Eyes  And I wanted to make something for the boy, but I still can't figure out what... any ideas? 

Anyway, I bit the bullet and made another little reversible swing top, the back is a super-colourful dotty fabric.  Teeth side has a massive yellow button and dotty side a massive orange one.  I think I like it most with the button in the front, but like the baby booty showing in the back too.  Grin

Feedback always appreciated!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 'The marching band coat' for the boy on: January 19, 2009 04:26:12 AM
I've been really keen to try out making a coat for boys.  I used my girl's coat pattern as a basis but changed a couple of the measurements to make it less feminine / a-line and more boyish / boxy.  I had a good idea of what I wanted it to look like (mixture of military, emo, marching band, pirate!)   but took forever figuring out how to practically construct it. In the end I made it single breasted but with the look of double breasted with removable button-on plackets.

It is a black twill shell with red goretex / microfleece lining. It's technically reversible but I didn't bother doing buttons or anything to the fleece side as it'd be pretty strange to wear twill on the inside and fleece to the outside! Plus, I wanted the red edging on the hood to 'pop' so I lined the hood in the black twill. So if it was worn on the reverse it'd be a red coat with black hood... not a good look methinks.  Grin

The hood is a bit too pointy for my liking... I like the pointy / pixie look on the girls coat but I wanted a more classic curve for the boys. Bad pattern making on my part, but I can change it easy enough for the next one!  The hood has red cording sandwiched in between the layers, the sleeve and body edges look like they have cording but it's actually just the lining that I pulled through so it 'peeks' out.

There is a single button at the neck of the coat under the top red placket. The red plackets are functional (i.e. they have actual buttonholes as opposed to buttons being sewn on) but they are completely detachable. I did it this way because a) my sewing machine would have completely died if I tried to buttonhole through four layers b) I can try out different styles, colours and sizes without ruining the coat. I'll probably make some plain black ones (and maybe royal blue as well) to see how they would look.

Considering the amount of time I spent planning and making it I should love it but I'm a little bit ambivalent... I think the plackets are too chunky or something.  Huh   

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