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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kimono Top for my sunshine! on: October 05, 2009 01:31:42 PM
I made this a month or so ago, but I forgot I hadn't posted it!  It's a kimono top.  It ties twice- once on the inside and once on the outside.  It's really easy- the shirt is 3 pieces and then all the bias tape.  I hand made the bias tape, which was the most time consuming part!  I think I'm going to make a few more from flannel with some matching lounge pants to use for pajamas.  I used a tutorial I found online and I can't find the link to it right now.  When I do, I'll post it.

Right when she woke up...

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fun Lounge Pants from my husbands old shirt on: September 28, 2009 11:36:20 AM
I found this great tutorial (http://lilblueboo.blogspot.com/2009/06/recycled-t-shirt-toddler-pants-gauchos.html) recently on Lil Boo Blue's blog (which is super amazing if you've never checked it out!).  It's very easy to follow and also stitches up very quickly.

I made these pants from a old shirt of my husbands we got several years ago.  The "1" was on the back and I cut it out and appliqued it to the leg.  I have several more cut out and ready to be sewn.  These pants are great!

I'd say she's tired of modeling...
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My 2nd try at the Owl Pillowcase Dress on: September 28, 2009 11:28:59 AM
This is the 2nd one of these I made my daughter.  The first was so tiny I couldn't even get it over her!  I've never done pillowcase dresses before and my measurements were way off!  This 2nd one fits better, but next time I need to make it even bigger.  Ah well- live and learn!  Smiley

Thanks for looking!!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My Most Favorite Shirred Dress! on: September 28, 2009 11:21:56 AM
I made this shirred dress for my daughter recently.  It is by far my most favorite shirred dress I have made her.  It was much harder than past ones as the fabric had straight lines, so I had to be very careful of every stitch I made.  I actually didn't do any seam ripping though- woohoo!  I also added the contrast fabric at the bottom, which I like.  My favorite part is how the elephants scrunch up in the shirred part at the top Smiley  I did all my seams using a french seam.  I started using this recently and I really like how the seam looks finished.

Anyhow, on to the pictures, since that's what you came for anyhow Smiley

And just because I thought this was an awesome face...

Thanks for looking Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My Wiggly One Year Old and Her 3 New Shirts (9 pics) on: September 18, 2009 01:35:10 PM
My daughter is such a wiggle worm, making for a hard subject to photograph.  Plus, the weather is yucky here today, so no good natural light.  Regardless, I wanted to share the 3 shirts I did for my daughter yesterday... just excuse the not so great photos.

The first one I made is my favorite.  This was my first time doing applique, but it was super easy!  I used a coloring page as a guide to make the owl.  The orange fabric of the body is an owl print fabric I picked up at Wal-Mart.  I bought it to make a dress, but I made the dress WAY too small.  Luckily, I had enough left to make this.

I was so excited by the way the 1st turned out, that I pretty much immediately started on a 2nd shirt.  This one is much simpler.  Again, I got the elephant outline from a coloring sheet.  I freehanded the heart.  I think I'm going to outline the fabric with stitching to make it a little more durable.  

The third shirt is a reverse applique.  The idea, pattern and all, was taken from lil blue boo's blog (http://lilblueboo.blogspot.com), my new favorite place to get inspired!

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Long Picnic Halter Dress for My Baby Girl on: August 12, 2009 06:05:06 PM
Well, I came up with this simple idea for a dress on my own.  I meant to make the dress a regular around-the-knee length dress.  But, somewhere along the line, I made it much longer.  Though it's not very practical, I think it is adorable on her! 

Balls are pretty much her favorite thing Smiley

Thanks for looking!

17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I love shirred dresses! on: July 30, 2009 06:18:45 PM
So, this is my 4th shirred dress and execution wise, it turned out the best.  I get a little better with each one I make! 

I'm not sure what the fabric is- it's a little thinner than cotton.  I made the straps black because I couldn't find the scrap I had left to make the straps with- oh well!

Sorry for the action shots Smiley  She's not too good at posing just yet!

18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Halter Top for My Baby Girl on: July 30, 2009 06:12:28 PM
I found this (http://www.thegreenwife.com/frommetoyou/tutorials/toddler-halter-top-tutorial/) great tute for making a toddler halter top.  The instructions are very easy to follow.  I made my own bias tape, as did the lady who made the tutorial.  If you wanted to save some time, you could just buy some.  Creating the bias tape was the most time consuming part of the top.

I knew it would turn out a bit big for my girl.  The tutorial was for a size 2T and she's in 12-18 mos.  But, I kind of like how it looks now and she has lots of room to grow!  Couldn't be better Smiley  Plus- the fabric was free (given to me by someone who bought a ton at an estate sale).

Here's some pictures of my girl in her new shirt.

I know she has a funny look on her face, but I am very proud of this one because she is standing all by herself!  And yes- she's playing with my cell phone.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Girl Dress from Men's Shirt on: July 24, 2009 07:35:24 PM
I bought a shirt this week at the thrift store to make my baby girl a dress from. It is a men's shirt. I forgot to take a before shot of the shirt... oops! But, you can tell what the print is from the dress. I do not know ANY man who would wear this shirt. Hence, why it was most likely at the thrift store! But, I thought it would make a really cute little girly dress Smiley It made me think of a poem by Bradley Hathaway called Manly Man because it's so NOT a manly shirt! Anyhow, here's the dress.

Note: She's only 10 1/2 mos. and has been sick-- it's pretty hard to get a good modeling picture when she feels good, let alone now Smiley

I am very pleased with the overall product. It took a while to get here. I had to resize it 3 times because it was initially HUGE. It wound up being pretty snug and shorter than I would like. Oh well- guess she'll just have to wear it really soon!  Oh- and I pretty much followed cheytown's tute, just making a few tiny changes Smiley
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two New Dresses for my Sweet Baby Girl on: July 23, 2009 07:15:22 PM
Lately, I have been devoting all of my creative energy to sewing things for my baby girl.  Mostly, I've been sewing dresses.  The first dress I made her was the cow print dress for Cow Appreciation Day, which I posted about earlier.  I learned a lot when making that dress and I'm continuing to learn a lot with each dress I make.

The 2nd dress I've made is a pirate dress.  Overall, I am pleased with the results.  However, I shirred it on a narrow stitch and the end result was a wider dress.  It works just fine because it ties at the top, but I'll know for next time to pay closer attention to my stitch width.

DISCLAIMER:  These are the best pictures I have of her modeling the dress.  She has had a bad virus for the past few days, so she's sick in all these pictures.  Besides, it's just hard to get a 10 month old to model anytime!

The third dress I made is by favorite, by far.  I picked this fabric up at Joann's when we were visiting family in Florida.  I was all set to add ribbon ties to this dress as well, but the brown ribbon I had clashed with the brown in the dress.  So, I whipped up these little straps.  They aren't adjustable like the ribbon, but that's okay, because they fit her perfectly!  There's a little elastic in them to add a ruffle-like look.  I think I'll be making future straps like these because I really like how they look on my girl!

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