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351  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: jacket o' gems - now with less batwing sleeves! on: August 08, 2008 08:15:01 PM
the jacket is disgusting. I would never, ever have picked it up. but then, I could never have done to it what you did!!! it looks fabulous now, congrats. you have real skills and such an eye for what you do
352  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by a pair of Nyla's cheap lil Kmart shoes!!!!! IMG HEAVY! on: August 08, 2008 07:59:26 PM
such a fun outfit! looks fabulous. she doesn't half enjoy modelling does she? lol
353  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Who's thinking about Halloween already?? Last year's lovelies for my kids on: August 08, 2008 07:55:36 PM
wow wow wow! you are one amazing mummy, and I am sure your kids LOVE you for it. My dd would love an outfit like that, and probably never take it off. you have wonderful camera skills too and it shows your work off to its best. Can't wait to see what they get this Halloween..
354  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Hello sunshine! Cute summer sundress! on: August 08, 2008 07:47:57 PM
very pretty! your daughter is a girl after my own heart, maing her accessories to match.
355  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Oh so many dresses! on: August 08, 2008 07:46:24 PM
gosh you've been busy! they're all fantastic. had I not seen them here I'd have thought them store bought, your sewing skills are awesome
356  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swimwear on: August 08, 2008 03:00:04 AM
Thank you thehappylion, that is really helpful too!!
357  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swimwear on: August 06, 2008 09:34:37 PM
thank you bananabanana!! that latex sales thingy is awesome! I can definately ask friends in the states about getting hold of some for me. So so helpful!!

emeraldarts feel free to comment all you like. this is my first posts on Craftster too. I am shocked on your anaphylaxis to wheat! wow. I know alot who are allergic/intollerant but I've never heard of anyone ana to it. I wouldn't say she is ana on contact to latex, yet. But it breaks her out in huge welts and makes her itch really badly (as if she doesn't itch enough now!!). The one balloon she has which triggered all the concern over latex, very nearly was an ana attack. Our allergist did skin prick testing and confirmed she reacts very severly to latex and we need to avoid it all. So no balls, balloons, elastics, infant dummies (pacifiers) etc. It's pretty hard because nothing is labelled as containing latex. It's also so bizarre keeping her safe from objects. We're used to the food allergy thing, that was diagnosed a long time ago. The trouble with latex is the more exposure the worse she is likely to react, so it's a big deal.

I buy 100% cotton clothing where I can, and I do sew for her from time to time. Shoes are a huge issue. She isn't allowed runners, wellingtons/gum boots, thongs/flip flops etc. All leather sandals or Crocs are the only things we can buy, and the leather sandals hurt her eczema as the leather is always so stiff. While we don't go swimming a lot, for the very reasons you mentioned of skin irritation, she loves the water and she has to miss out on so much already that I don't want to take that away from her as well.
358  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swimwear on: August 06, 2008 05:19:43 AM
Thanks for your replies. I've never heard of a cotton elastic. Cotton covered perhaps?

My babe is a really girly girl, and hates pants/shorts anyway cos of her severe eczema  Undecided Yeah it never rains but pours. I've had a hard time keeping her warm this winter because of it.

Badges etc work. I've never sewn stretch materials and I'm not a great sewer. I know if I buy fabric to make her something I can buy the safe options of Lycra etc, but to buy them, would they be labelled as lycra? I have seen the latexfreeswimwear.com before but thanks for taking the time to look!! Did you see their swimmers? I don't think "eww" even comes close to my opinion of it. The concept is great. Pity they couldn't pick nicer prints (why not just use plain colours? it would surely look better!).

I might just have to conceed defeat and stick with shop bought swimwear and hope for the best.
359  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Swimwear on: August 05, 2008 03:01:19 AM
Hey All

I just signed up. Been lurking for a while but decided it was time to join in a bit.

I know there are some amazingly clever people here on Craftster, and I hope someone can help me.

My 5yr old daughter was confirmed as having anaphylaxis to Latex (natural rubber latex/NRL) this year. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction. I've had to case elastics, or remove clothing containing them from her wardrobe. It's easy enough to put her in cotton dresses and pants etc and drawstrings are very helpful.

Recently I have been thinking of the impending Australian summer. It got me thinking about swimmers, and if they're safe for my daughter to wear.

I have this information from a Latex list I've saved from an unknown source (I'd link source if I knew it)

LATEX-FREE:  "Stitch and Sew" NRL-free polyester elastic (has a yellow lycra label: code 0122101) is made by Thomas Cork Ltd (0115 948 4271) and is stocked by Tesco, Sainsbury, Saver Centre and Somerfield. Cover all other ordinary latex elastic with cotton cloth or tape. Lycra, Spandex, Elastane are synthetic polymers and safe. Composition labels in garments may exclude elastics and trimmings.
NB JML Ironing Board Cover sold by Robert Dyas and other stores does contain latex.

So if Lycra, Spandex and Elastane are all safe, how do I know what her swimmers are made of? How can I remove the leg elastics etc? It's so confusing!! I'm not sure if those stores listed are USA/UK or other.

If I were to make swimmers what could I make them from? How could I avoid using elastics in the legs etc, and then how would I keep them fitted? I was thinking a knit rib might work but I'm not that good at sewing, and have never sewn knit. I know I could crochet some, but again, from what I've read you need elasticated yarn to make them stay fitted when the cotton gets full of water.

She's 5, she wants to be like her friends. It's hard telling her she "can't" do/have so much (latex isn't her only anaphylaxis allergy). She wants pretty and frilly and the branded items like Dora and Tinkerbell. I am at such a loss. I guess I need to learn how to make her underwear too cos for now I just let her wear store bought, hoping the labels say Elastane! Let's not even think about her future (ie bras).

THANK YOU in advance for just reading this. Any and all help appreciated more than you can know.
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