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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Handmade clothes durability issues on: June 25, 2009 12:46:42 PM
I have only been sewing for a year or so and have noticed a problem with durability on some of the clothes I have sewn the kids. After some of the clothes are washed a few times some of them are starting to come apart at certain seams. This has happened at the end of seams for both sewn and serged items and in one case in a crotch of some pants.  I have also noticed it on a few things I have appliqued or top stitched. I am using good quality quilters cotton fabric and Coats and Clark Dual Duty thread. In many cases I am spending more to made clothes than I would it if I bought them. For that reason I want them to last at least as long as store bought stuff.

Do most of you wash them differently than regular store bought clothes? I ask because I have not noticed this until after I take them out of the dryer. I suspect I may need to air dry the stuff I sew and skip the dryer.

Are there some tricks to more durable stitching other than the typical steps of  adding a few backstitches? To fix this do I need to sew seams and go back and serge the edges as well. I sometimes serge without the extra sewn stitch and would think that would be adequate.

Please advise.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / dis and dat for Sweetie on: June 04, 2009 02:44:13 PM
I say 'this and that" she says 'dis and dat' either way here are a few misc items from the spring.

Romper I tested for YCMT. Will be available for sale there soon.The legs are sort of bell bottom which is cute (hers are a bit long since I made it for next winter to wear over a turtleneck). Plan to get her name embroidered on it as well.

This is the back of a cute little pants pattern that I just tested. Will be on YCMT soon and includes skort and skirt over capri or pants options.  Fabric is dotted baby cord and Katie Jumps Rope plaid. Need suggestions on a top. I have more of both fabrics but don't want to go overboard with the matchy matchy. Want something for Fall. Was thinking maybe a round neck top with long sleeves. Any ideas please send me your suggesitons.

Simple swing top from a 1982 pattern my MIL gave me. Fabric is some great Alexander Henry fabric with clowns floating with balloons.

Good old gingham.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Summertime swirls for 2 sweeties! on: May 30, 2009 01:41:06 PM
These are coordinating dresses using the picnic dress pattern from YCMT. This summer weight pique works great for the pattern and is easier to use bias tape on since it has a good bit of stiffness.

This one I made for my niece and it is my favorite of the two. I like the ribbon accent on the bottom trim and the simplicity of it.

The smaller one I did as a sort of crazy patchwork bottom with ribbon and ric rac accents added. I had lots of fun doing the patchwork for the skirt and I like how full the skirt came out. The dress was never intended for sweetie. I made it for a swap with faithsmama, but it ended up to small. I sized it down but it is still a bit long.

The girls enjoyed their first coordinating outfits, but little one was not cooperative enough to get a pic of them together.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweetie is 2!! Party Dress on: May 23, 2009 05:07:16 AM
Sweetie loves animals so we held her party at a kiddie farm. Wanted a farm look but not gingham red and the like. Found some amazing fabric from Alexander Henry  the collection is called Granville. The roosters were perfect since that was one of her first animal noises! For the pattern I found something perfect  from Patty Young's new pattern line Modkids called Frida http://modkidboutique.com/.   I am in love with this pattern and it suited sweetie to a T.  It also came together really easily. I want to buy all of her patterns, but I am waiting to see if someone comes out with a discount for buying multiple. They are all soo cute!

Have been eager to post these pics since my friends and family think it is odd (maybe not the right word but none of them get it) that I sew all this stuff for sweetie and would want to go to "all that trouble" for a toddler when I work FT. I tell them it is fun hobby for me and a lot more productive than watching TV like I use to do for an hr or so after they go to bed.  Since all of you 'get it' I hope to hear what you think!

Trying to get a pic of her with the cake I made before she dove into it!

Yeah we are here! She totally understood she was having a party and was very excited about the animals and CAKE!

back of the dress. For her hair a just bought a flower bunch trimmed one and hot glued it to a alligator clip. Super easy and it was so light it stayed in better than her bows  usually do.

serged some gingham table cloths so we could reuse and stop buying the disposable ones. Also made a fun banner that I can reuse each year for her parties.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / You say it's your birthday dress w/ free pattern link on: May 19, 2009 08:03:53 PM
Got some amazingly fun Felicity Miller Circus fabric on clearance last summer. I loved the little cats and dogs with party hats! Found a darling free pattern at burda and used it to make sweetie a party dress. Pattern is at http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3875.  I made her a special outfit for her actual birthday party, but she wore this dress on her actual birthday and to her cousins recent birthday party. She has figured out it is her party dress and she loves it.

Since the fabric has so many great colors I wanted to accent each in some way. I found some nice orange buttons and used two different colors of bias tape for the bottom of the dress and the lining. I made the lining a tad longer to make sure that layer of tape was visible. Great little pattern, I reccomend it although it only comes in one size, but you could easily size it up.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Art Car Parade dress for Sweetie inspired by vegbee on: May 12, 2009 06:17:26 PM
Needed (OK wanted) to make a dress from an tank top for my daughter to wear to the Houston Art Car Parade. I lOVE the parade and it has become a Mother's Day tradition for us to go. I put off making the dress until the last possible minute. Got serging and halfway through realized in was making  a vegbee tute dress I had looked at months ago. It had been lurking in my subconcious waiting for a chance to makes it's appearance!

For the dress I took a tank top. Lettuce edged the thing in orange and added an orange band at the bottom with fabric from an old knit shirt in my re-con stash. It was fast and dirty sewing but she had it in time for the parade!

Last one is for fun since I loved, but was also slightly annoyed by how she insisted on putting on her own sunglasses (but never properly of course)!

Thanks vegbee!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Ottobre drafting options on: May 08, 2009 12:00:49 PM
OK. I love the patterns, but I am starting to think it is not worth the trouble. They way they layer them is nearly impossible. HELP!!

I want a way to dulicate them so I can just cut what I want and not have to trace each time. I do not have a light table and tracing with all those layers of patterns and colors is a major pain. Not to mention that the seam allowance is not included. I took the pattern to kinko's and discovered it would be about $15 to get one set of color copies made. That rules out making copies I can cut.  Since they color code everything b&w copies would not really work. I have read some people laminate them, but again that means the tracing.

Any suggestions? Sorry to be such a whiner!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweetie's Two Tried and True Toddler items *with Tute links* on: May 03, 2009 06:49:56 AM
These are two quickie projects I did this past winter that proved very functional. Both came from on-line tutes.

Needed a super small diaper bag now that my daughter is closer to being ready for potty training. I did it in a Beatles print since that were the inspiration for her name. For most outings of <3 hrs all I really need is a diaper, ziploc with a few wipes, binky, and a juice cup. This works great for that.

Knotted the way you would wear it on your wrist.

Reverse side with the binky pocket I added

This is a fleece poncho. I made one for my daughter (added a westie applique in honor of pup) and one for my niece (with a heart applique) They both adored them. Next I want to try the same tute in terry cloth with maybe ribbed neckline. It would make a great pool coverup.

Poncho AKA a chemical free sunblock for a naked baby

Sweetie doing the 'MINE' thing with both of her goodies

Tute Links. I did add about an inch to the knot bag pattern all the way around to make it a tad bigger.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Advice Flatlock serger stitch on: April 16, 2009 06:33:54 PM
I recently got a Janome serger. I named him Sergio and my affection for him is approaching the adultery level. Since my husband bought him for me he can't really complain, but I am sneaking out of bed in the wee hrs just to serge with Sergio.

I want to figure out how to do the flatlock  serging for adding ruffles or cuffs. I saw someone do it at a sewing shop (not where I got my machine) and it was really neat.  She attached them with a flatlock and it had beautiful results. At the time I was just starting to shop for a serger and was way too in the dark to absorb fully the steps. . She sort of double folded the end of the pants leg and serged the ruffled cuff on top of that.   I can't find a tute or info online. Vegbee has a erger tute but only mentions using flatlock for decorative stitching.  It is possible that The demo I saw was using s 5 thread serger, mine is only 4.

Please advise if you can.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Peasanty goodness for sweetie on: April 15, 2009 02:46:08 PM

Here is a 2nd vegbee peasant dress I finally got around to putting the elastic in. The are so easy, innocent looking, and I would guess comfy.

I did a longer sleeve on this and encased elastic in the cuff for a poofy shirt effect. I also added a princess cut embellishment of a eyelet trim. Since it was so bright out it is hard to get the details.

If you want to try this pattern hit up the free tute or buy it from vegbee if you want to save time and not draft. It turns out just darling. As she suggests the lighter the fabric the better the finished look.

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