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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Why yes, I used to be a shirt... on: July 14, 2009 03:22:10 PM

I turned this boring old boys button down into a cutie skirt for my little princess.  Easy, peasy and only took about 20 minutes.  Want one?

Here is a link to the tutorial - http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2009/07/between-projects.html
although I know you crafty folks can figure this one out on your own!   Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Some summer fun on: June 12, 2009 12:25:52 PM
I've not posted much of late (been too busy sewing!), so I'm going to give you the Cliff's Notes version of my summer sewing for my small fry.

I just finished this up last night.  It is McCalls 5568.  It turned out well, but the yoke was a bit fussy. Blogged here - http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2009/06/mccalls-5568.html

This is the Huck Finn pant from Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing made out of scraps from a pair of slacks I made for dh.  Logan loves them!  I loved sewing them!  They are so cute and went together so easily.

More shorts for my Boy-o.  He's outgrowing them so fast!  These are Butterick 3475 made of a Robert Kaufman print that my son loves.  Blogged here - http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2009/06/kitty-shorts.html

And appliqued onesie and shorts for my princess and some to match for a friend.  This is heavily modified Simplicity 4203.  Blogged here - http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2009/06/in-triplicate.html

OK, that's all I'll inflict on y'all for the moment.
Thanks for looking.  C&C encouraged!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Posh baby for a trip to Dallas. on: May 17, 2009 07:19:58 AM
While I have been a city girl all my life, my hubby moved us all out to this little town in Central Texas for his residency training.  We took a day trip to Dallas (the big city!!) last weekend and I thought my little princess needed to be dressed worthy of her urban roots.

Here she is at the Farmers Market in Dallas.

The top is a slightly modified version of Petchy's sundress found here - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250146.0 and the bloomers are from Butterick 4110 - my personal favorite bloomer pattern.

Read more at my blog http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/search/label/Petchy

Thanks for looking! C&C appreciated!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Twirly - with link to 'tute on: April 26, 2009 03:55:57 PM
I have been completely in love with the 50s fit and flare look lately and decided that I NEEDED a circle skirt, so when I saw these black and white prints for 2 dollars a yard, I knew it was destiny for me to have a 6 panel circle skirt with alternating prints.  Kismet.

I didn't use a pattern, but then, it is just a circle.  It has a zipper and waistband, and since I hate hemming, I used a hem facing instead.  I REALLY love the hem facing.  It was easy to do, and it gives the skirt a beautiful weight and twirl!

Want your own?  I have posted an extensive tutorial with many pics and video on my blog at http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2009/04/circle-skirt-how-to.html.  Surf on over and take a look!

Thanks for looking!  Be sure to let me know what you think.  I'm conflicted about the perfect top to wear, and I hate the top I'm wearing with it in the pics.  What would you do?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterick 4790 - My own Nurse-away **Now with my first 'tute** on: April 12, 2009 07:48:51 AM
I have wanted to make myself a Whirl-away dress since I first saw it here on Craftster, but I was pregnant then, and now I'm nursing (8 months, with many more still to go), so the bodice just wasn't at all practical for me.  I'd have had to completely disrobe to nurse, which is generally frowned on in public.  Still, I wanted a Whirl-away, so I decided to try reconstructing the bodice to include some nursing openings.  And, well, here it is.

I decided that a wrap style top would be functional, and not tax my ingenuity too much.  Here are the openings.  Since there isn't any stretch to just pull aside the wrap, there are snaps hidden beneath the wraparound panel.

Action shots (although I'll spare you the one of me nursing - suffice it to say, it works great!)

As you can see, the fit isn't perfect, but I can fix that next time!  I will definitely be making this again!  It is comfy, cute and very functional!
Last, a Donna Reed shot of me in the kitchen.  Homemade mashed potatoes, anyone?

Constructive critiques very welcome - nay, encouraged!

Now with tutorial - I will add some pics when I make my next one (after I finish the jumper I'm working on for dd)

How-to make your own Nurse-away!

Start out with Butterick 4790 in your size of choice.  We mostly follow the pattern, so where there is no difference from printed instructions, I'll just say so. 

First, make your new bodice pattern piece.  You start with pattern piece 1.  Since you are turning it into two separate pieces, you first remove the bottom half.  Use the waist marking as your dividing line and don't forget to add a 5/8 inch seam allowance above the waist marking.  Now for the top half, draw a line at a slightly less than 45 degree angle down from the shoulder seam along the neckline and across center front to connect with the waist line, again adding 5/8 inch seam allowance at the bottom.  You should end up with two pieces like this.

Cut the rectangle (your front underskirt) on the fold as per the pattern.  Be sure to mark the darts as they appear on the pattern piece for both top and bottom.  We'll be needing those!  Cut two of the upper piece.  These are the front wrap pieces.  Cut the other two pattern pieces (the back pieces) as per pattern instructions.

Start out by stitching in your darts, as per the printed instructions, but obviously you will stitch your two front pieces separately.  Your upper front pieces should each have three darts, one a vertical bust dart and the other two horizontal bust and waist darts.  You should not sew in darts in the tail section past the midline.

Next, sew upper front to upper back (pattern piece 2) at the shoulder seams.

Now, bind the neckline, starting at one point and going around the neck to the other.  If you are going to put in nursing openings, make the points pretty by folding under a bit of the bias tape and slipstitching them closed, just as you will do for the ends of bias tape elsewhere.

If you are not going to be nursing, but just wanted the wrap top, this next bit is easy, just line up the upper front section with the lower front section, matching the darts and pinning the points of the wrap top wherever they fit best on you, then sew the top to the bottom.

For nursing openings, pin the same as above, but only sew from the outer edges in, leaving the points free from the inner set of darts in.  Hem the free edges of the points and the upper edge of the skirt section in a narrow 5/8 inch hem.  Attach your closure of choice (I used snaps, but buttons or a hook and eye would also work) to the points and dress with the top wrapped so that one snap is beneath the dress and the other is above.

Now just follow the pattern as written, skipping steps 7, 12, and 13.  (You've already done them!)

Now that you are done, post your creation on Craftster so we can all admire it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Transgendered Recon on: March 23, 2009 05:02:22 PM
A friend of mine has a son a few years older than mine.  He had a cute shirt that he stained, so Beth brought it over to see if I thought I could do something with it.  She was just going to toss it.  Oh no!  I said -- Leave it to me.  I thought at first maybe about appliqueing it for my ds, but then realized that this poor boy's shirt was yearning to be a dress, poor thing.  I granted his/her wish, and a recon was born.

Here is how it started life.

I almost forgot the before pic, so the pink lines are where I recut the top to make the bodice.  I sliced out the stain, reshaped the sleeves to fit the new armscye and shirred them for girlyness, put it all back together and gathered the bottom of the shirt into the new bodice as a skirt.

Total time - about 45 minutes.  Sweet!

All buttoned up and ready for church!

Thanks for looking!  Comments are appreciated, especially constructive ones!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tissue Knit BurdaStyle E971 tunic on: March 21, 2009 01:06:01 PM
I'm not sure that this pattern is still on BurdaStyle  Cry, which is too bad, b/c I think it's awesome!  I made this tunic this week out of a super light silver tissue knit.

This is my first Burda pattern, and I admit that I was a little nervous about the no seam allowance thing.  I don't have a nifty tool (gonna get one for next time!), so cutting out the thing took hours!  Still, it went together really well, once it was cut out.  I think the fabric is great, since I was looking for a nice flow.  The pattern calls for a zipper in the back, but I thought it would probably sag, so I just seamed the center back yoke to the lining and added snaps, which helped with the slightly too large back yoke in terms of fit. The yoke is topstitched (in the view I did), so I used silver thread for that and the sleeve casing.

I love this pattern.  My only complaint is that the neckline is too large.  It slips and slides off the shoulder and doesn't cover a bra strap.  Next time, I think I will bring in the shoulder line.  I also may move the closure to the front, since I am still nursing my daughter, but if you aren't a nursing mom, leave it as is.  Wink

So, I like it with jeans, but was wondering - What would you pair with this tunic?

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sumo baby - ready for action on: March 15, 2009 04:37:35 AM
This is my first attempt at an outfit without a traditional pattern, and I am excited at how it turned out.  I think my little princess is as cute as can be in it!

The top is the Habitual Kimono at http://habitual.wordpress.com/kimono/

It is pretty much straght from the pattern, except that I widened it a smidge for my wide little one.
The pant is from vegbee's tute at http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/04/elastic-waist-wrap-pants.html.

I used Simplicity 2985 as my base pattern (it already has curved hems, yay!), and added an inch to the width on each side, giving me a 1 5/8 inch overlap, which I think works out pretty well for the tiny tot.  I <3 bias tape and hate hemming, so I just bound the long edges, which I think makes for a cute coordinating look, as well as not requiring me to hem.  Tongue
The whole outfit, including drafting the patterns, took about 3 hours, so that is a huge plus for a busy mom.  Thanks to both ladies for the awesome tutorials!!

She loves it!  She's still really mobile, and can roll and play in it.  I can't wait to see it in action when she starts to crawl!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My First Recon AKA Free shirts for my toddler on: February 21, 2009 06:49:54 AM
I attempted my first recon yesterday and wanted to share.  My 2 1/2 year old son needs shirts, so I dug out some old sleep shirts of mine, downloaded the raglan shirt pattern from burdastyle (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3621) and went to work. 

Here is what I started with -

And here are the finished products!

I constructed the shirts a little differently than the pattern instructions, basically sewed the sleeves to the front and back, then sewed a long side seam.  I also salvged the ribbing for the collar.  I think they turned out pretty well and Logan likes them, so I'm happy and ready to recon more!!

More details and pics are on my blog if you are interested at http://txdeshazers.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-first-recon.html

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / For Her Majesty on: February 20, 2009 06:19:25 AM
My son's best friend is turning three tomorrow and having a Princess themed party, so we thought we'd add to the festivities with a custom made cloak, fit for the little princess herself.  I copied the hood from one of my son's hoodie sweatshirts and the cape section is just a 30 x 30 square of wool(left over from a ring sling I made), gathered into the hood.  I trimmed it with pink fleece and some silver ribbon, and the clasp is more silver ribbon and two fabulous rhinestone buttons. 

I hope she likes it!
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