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1  Lucky Shamrock peasant dress (St Patrick's Day costume) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Lori-lee on: March 16, 2012 06:30:23 AM
I picked my nearly-two year old daughter up from daycare at 6pm on Thursday only to see a big sign asking them to all wear green today for the St Paddy's Day activities (they'd had the sign up all week but the Mister had picked her up all week and kept forgetting to tell me.... thanks, honey!)

Well, she doesn't own any green clothes and even the supermarkets close at 6pm around here. And I didn't have enough fabric for a green dress so I improvised.... a white peasant-dress with green sleeves, hem band and shamrock (well, four-leaf clover) plus matching ruffled headband. I just used scraps of heat-and-bond for the shamrock.

Turns out she was the only kid out of the whole daycare who dressed up!  Roll Eyes
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2  Re: button shirt to toddler dress recon *NEW MINTY FRESH TUTORIAL* in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Lori-lee on: August 27, 2008 05:42:56 AM
I finally made this dress!! The opshop near my bus-stop was having a half-price sale so I managed to get an old shirt for only $2.50!! Then I made the dress while Bella was having her nap.

I made a few changes. I chose to forego the trim and instead cut arm-holes and hemmed the bottom. The bodice is wider at the front coz I didnt want her little chest showing but because she was asleep when I made it, it's actually too wide. I also made a matching headband.

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3  Re: Make me a new friend in The Swap Gallery by Lori-lee on: August 21, 2008 07:54:59 PM

Name: Gloria Von Grouch
Favorite Saying: "Sucks to be you!"
Favorite colors: red and black
Favorite movie: Harold & Maude
She doesn't talk much
so I can't tell you much more
It's up to you
if you want to know more

This is my pile of goodies.
~a scarf (piled up in the pic. i took one of me wearing it but i look hideous!)
~ 2 lollipops on BONES!!  Grin
~ 2 plastic skulls
~ .....and of course, the wonderful Miss Gloria Von Grouch!

As you can see, she has tattooed arms (and also elbows, thanks to a stitch right there)

She also has leg tattoos and a removable petticoat

It should also be noted that she has super-sexy hair (black with a red fringe and a few longer red streaks framing her face) and an awesome velvet dress, finished with lace on the hem and a cute patchwork bit.

She has settled in well here in Australia. She found my office a little bit overwhelming but seemed a lot happier once we got home and she could llay on my couch perving on Jensen Ackles in an article in 'BLACK- Australian Dark Culture'

I am absolutely, totally, crazily in love with her!!!! I would have been chuffed with anything I received because I think there's something very special about handmade items but Oh Em Gee.... Half Pint did such an INCREDIBLE job! i would like to say A HUGE THANK-YOU TO HALF-PINT FOR BEING MY SWAP PARTNER!!!

Oh, and the bio came in a really funky little envelope and the whole parcel was wrapped in what looks to be really pretty wallpaper of some kind but I don't have pics of them!
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4  PJ flannel pants and PJ tshirt (UPDATED: made myself some to match) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Lori-lee on: August 17, 2008 09:09:13 AM
I made these Saturday night coz my boyf was out with his bro, my bubby was in bed, there was nothing on tv and 2 glasses of red in me  Wink

The pants are from some flanellette i bought- oh gosh- almost 2 yrs ago now, before i knew i was preggo. I was going to make myself some PJ pants and this fabric was $2/m so I bought several metres (I just love cats!!)

Fiiiinally got around to making some, but for my DD. Used less than half a metre so enough to make myself some. I think matching outfits in public are tacky, but for lounging around at home, it's merely kitsch. And I think DD would get a kick out of it (I know i will haha)

The tshirt is made from an old maternity tshirt of mine (size 24 and I'm an 18) and has an envelope neck-opening. Very tricky (did I mention I never use patterns or measurements?) but turned out great. Only thing is... because I was expecting it to not work and just be a victim of trial-and-error, i didnt change the black thread that was in my machine so it's a bit ugly but works fine. I'll make another one or two from the rest of my tshirt but use WHITE thread (oh, how I wish I had a serger!)

Anyway, onto the pics. Sneaky back pics only coz when DD sees the cameras she wants to play with it):

She has a pink singlet underneath coz it's cold here in Aus right now.

i *promise* I will update when I have a daggy matching pair for myself!!! Wink Grin

Update 20/08/08: PJ pants have been made... hope to get double-trouble action shot tomorrow before daycare!!

Update 27/08/08:

Evidence!!!!! haha. Excuse the messy shirt, we had bruschetta for brekky and Bella wore hers haha
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5  Dorothy Costume for toddler in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Lori-lee on: August 16, 2008 11:12:30 AM
My daughter's playgroup had a free Fancy Dress Family Fun Day one Saturday for all the kids from all the different sessions. I couldn't bear my daughter being one of 938493489384 ballerina-fairy-princesses and she has these awesome red sequin shoes so I decided she should go as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (she was only 14mths old so she didn't object lol)

I found some blue gingham don't-know-what in a sale-bin for $2/metre and got some netting for like $1/metre. The buttons were from my button box. The wig... well, the wig was old brown wool from my Brownie Guide Unit years ago and an ugly lacy headband from the $2 store. My daughter has barely any hair and what she does have is blonde and wispy, so the wig was completely and utterly necessary.

I made the dress late one night while she was in bed, so no pattern, no measurements (no common sense..... lol). As you can see from the first pic... it was a little long in the straps. But i adjusted the straps and also bought a super-cute and super-cheap cream skivvy with front yoke and slight gathering at the top of the sleeves to make them a bit pouffy.

The shoes she already had; the dress cost $2 to make, the skivvy cost $4 i think and the headband for the wig cost me $2. So AUS$8 all up. Ka-CHING, that's more money in MY pocket, yay!

On to the piccy-boo's (my apologies if they are too large, too small, or too offensive due to my messy house in the background):

The awesome shoes
With the skivvy on
Action shot of the back

Links to more pics:
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6  Re: Western Australia in AUSTRALIA by Lori-lee on: June 13, 2008 07:37:54 PM
Thought i would drop in and say that i FINALLY made it to Homecraft Textiles in Vic Park and im so glad that i did! Theyre having a sale at the moment, til 21st June. i got patterned polar fleece for $2.99/m!! i also got some gingham material and tulle to make my daughters Dorothy costume for the playgroup Fancy Dress Family Fun Day.

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