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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / recent stuff. been a while, lol! on: November 21, 2008 09:22:26 AM
yes, it's been a super long time since anything was posted, but i have reasons. i do. seriously. so busy. really. Wink

anyway, first up, appliqued big sis shirt and lil bro onesie for a friend who is having her little boy TODAY! so exciting! first real attempt at applique...

here's a couple of pairs of cord ruffle pants, one long, one cropped because our summer lasted obnoxiously into fall but i wanted something fallish for her to wear, lol. i love cords.

and since my BAMA football team is rocking the joint and is undefeated, i figured she needed a new BAMA outfit!

so yeah, nothing fancy, but it's what i've got Cheesy

22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / my (vastly inferior) version of vegbee's fair weather jacket -- now has BUTTONS! on: September 22, 2008 01:40:38 PM

okay, many caveats. so the fabric is meh because it's made from a pair of old tab curtains (shell) and leftovers from grandma's 1980s stash (lining). i was afraid to use anything good because i figured i'd jack it up somehow. and i've never worked a pattern with this many pieces before, never attached pockets or sleeves or a hood (i started sewing in june). and major, major thanks so much for the help i received along the way with this (vegbee and threegirlsandaboy!), without it the jacket would have been embarrassingly unwearable, i'm sure!!

it's sans buttons right now because i don't have any big-ish ones in my stash. must go shopping...

without further adieu...

i'm def. going to attempt this one again with some better/heavier fabrics. the weight of this one is fall/springish...
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / faith's bff birthday dress EDIT: ACTION SHOTS on: September 14, 2008 09:57:38 PM
faith's little best friend had her 2nd bday today, so i put this little dress together for her. the waist ribbon actually wraps around twice, kinda hard to see in this pic, and i don't have an action shot yet because she's tee-niney compared to my chunk-a-munk. but she'll be over tomorrow, maybe then i'll get an action shot!

here it is on the birthday girl, sans tie. mama forgot it, lol! no worries though, i was just so glad it fit!

24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / ladybug birthday jumper on: September 12, 2008 11:21:32 AM
okay, so dd's second birthday is at the end of october, theme is ladybug's picnic, and i happened to have this ladybug dot cord and buttons that i was planning to make into a jumper for her anyway....SO here it is. no pattern, just worked from a couple of dresses/jumpers she has already. she'll have one a white with pink rickrack trimmed shirt under it for the party. i'm trying to decide if it needs something else, a ruffle at the bottom perhaps? can't decide, so y'all help me out here. Smiley i'll post some action shots after the monkey wakes up from her nap...

and i included one of my fancy new ribbon labels, lol! i feel SO fancy...(it's a symbolized version of "love, faith handcrafted designs" (and ignore the loopy serged edges, still working out the kinks on that thing. it is, after all, a relic of the 1980s...and i only started sewing in june, so my skills are limited, lol)

(edited for jacked up first photo...)
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / i *puffy heart* vegbee's peasant tute! on: August 31, 2008 03:36:17 PM
dd now has two shirts and a dress Smiley all fabric is from my grandma's stash circa the 1980s. dress has my first applique attempt, left the edges raw for fraying (and it was easier, lol!)

action shot of the dress
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / toddler coat pattern? on: August 30, 2008 09:21:36 AM
okay, i want to try my hand at making dd a coat for this winter (probably black wool recon'd from an old much to big peacoat of mine, then lined with something fun) anyone tried this and have any good patterns? Smiley
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / EDIT: redone top! vegbee peasant top and rickrack recon'd shorts on: August 28, 2008 04:07:01 PM
today was dd's first day of preschool, so i put this together for her last night using vegbee's peasant top tutorial for the top and a basic shorts pattern for the bottom. vegbee RAWKS, her tutorial is amazing, esp. for me having never done sleeves! the shorts i recon'd from an ugly old long skirt of mine and added rickrack. i also got to use my new (old-it was my grandmother's) serger and my new husqvarna sewing machine, so fun!

edited to ask: should i redo the neck elastic? it seems kinda snug lookin' in the pictures, but not as much so on her....

okay, redid it. it's still not super loose, but i like it lots better, and dd seems to too! ('scuse the red eye, didn't feel like editing it out Wink )

28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / ruffles? on: August 19, 2008 10:40:03 PM
okay, so i'm making faith some cord pants (from the easy fit pattern) and want to add a small ruffle to the bottom. anyone have a tried and true method? i've attempted it just for fun before using the long basting stitch, but then have heard about a ruffler foot for my machine and even one where you zigzag stitch over some crochet thread and pull that. what works best for y'all??

thanks Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / recon'd my own dress ;) on: August 05, 2008 01:43:27 PM

so earlier this summer, i made my first dress from scratch. i think i posted it here, if so you might remember it. turns out, those straps were really too short for faith, and the buttonholes were so low the top sort of folded down. so i put it away and forgot about it. then last night, i had an epiphany about grosgrain ribbon, lol! so i decided the front would be the back, added another buttonhole, and came up with this. i love it, i will be making more Wink

as always comments and criticisms welcome! i might shorten the ribbon tails, and i hadn't sealed them so the ribbon is just starting to fray a little...

(excuse her crazy hair and signing for more in the second one, lol!)

this is how it was earlier, it had this kind of strap on it...pulled through the buttonhole and knotted.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / foundations of a fall wardrobe - ideas? on: July 30, 2008 10:09:41 PM
okay, so i'm gearing up to start sewing my daughter's fall wardrobe (well, some of it at least!) i was thinking a pair of brown cords with a ruffle edge, some easy jumpers to layer with l/s shirts and tights, and i'd love to try a pair of overalls, if i could manage it. anyone have any other suggestions? i want things that are versatile...she'll be 2 in october, but will likely be in a 3t.
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