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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 2 apron-style dresses for little girls on: February 25, 2011 07:21:21 AM
They're cute! I would never have thought to pair them with those striped shirts but it looks really cute and fun together.

Do you girls really never get excited over clothes you make? I'm totally going to give you unsolicited advice because it sounds like that's disappointing for you, and I know it would be for me. Have you tried letting them help design, pick the fabric, cut, etc? My son is 3 and he is really excited to help me make clothes for his sister. He doesn't actually accomplish anything but he doesn't really know that. Maybe it's just because he's so excited about the "sowin' sheens," as he calls them. That might be more of a boy thing! I used to be a teacher and I'm used to always letting kids "help" with adult activities. It's fun for them and it keeps them busy while you work. I always try to find some small "job" that they can do, even if it's just cutting scraps apart, sorting and counting buttons, folding what's left after I cut out the patterns, etc. Oh, and, I don't know how old your oldest daughter is, but I started on the sewing machine at 5 or 6, sewing rectangular "sleeping bags" for my dolls.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New Purple & Blue Outfit & Bows Partially Reconstructed *Picture Happy* on: February 25, 2011 07:13:11 AM
It's super cute! I'm going to totally copy you. I....need to learn the mysteries of elastic thread. Elastic in general is just something I've never perfected. Or even mediocred.

I hate that the girls' nerd shirts are always too girly or only have Leia or something on them. Those are ok sometimes, but my daughter needs to wear Boba Fett and I have never seen him in a cute-cut t-shirt! I have a lot of my son's shirts that I can now hand down to my daughter.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: hanging cradle on: February 20, 2011 04:44:33 PM
Oh my gosh, it looks cute but I'd be terrified of my baby suffocating in it. Babies are supposed to sleep on firm surfaces with no pillows or blankets.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I make a sheer embroidered skirt like this? on: February 14, 2011 12:06:24 PM
You could probably find a tablecloth like that.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making A Swimsuit From A Pattern? on: February 14, 2011 12:03:49 PM
Have you ever sewn with stretchy material like that before? I think it's kind of tricky. I've never tried to tackle lycra.

You could get a sew in bra from an old swimsuit, or a clearance one. Or maybe out of a sports bra.

Other than that, the only way I'd know how to find fabric like that is in a garment district of a major city. Maybe someone else can be more helpful.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Buckle tai baby carrier! on: February 12, 2011 06:24:24 AM
It looks great! I've got a new Ergo but I've thought about doing a buckle tai so I can make it look super cute. My Ergo is comfy but plain. I love the fabric you used.

I've never seen one with padded straps that cross in the back. My Ergo has a buckle thing that kind of makes an "H" shape out of the two parallel straps. Is it comfy with the padded straps crossing? Have you tried back carrying with it? What did you use and where did you get the buckles?

For anyone else still wanting to make this, I saw a Mei Tai pattern at Hobby Lobby on sale for $2 yesterday. I think it was by McCall's. That may be old news, but it's the first I've seen in a store, and the price was sure right. I thought about using it to make a buckle tai instead but I'm a little intimidated by the thought of trusting it to hold my baby when I sewed it. Now I'm curious about how the x-straps worked out.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clay wig? on: February 10, 2011 05:14:42 PM
What did you end up doing?

You'd be super sad if it slipped off your head and broke. Also, I think it would be way too heavy.

Carvable foam is an option.

Vacuumforming something in two halves could also be an option. You've have to make or borrow a vacuumforming table.

Paper mache also could be ok, but you'll have to work for a long time to get it smooth. I'd probably go with tons of puff paint on top of paper mache for the cheapest and easiest-available option.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner! help please? :) on: February 10, 2011 05:10:00 PM
Easiest patterns you will find:

Kwik-sew stuff at Wal Mart and the like. Look for any pattern that is labeled as being for absolute beginners.

Doll Clothing Patterns for medium-large sized dolls.

Costume Patterns - many of these are super easy.

You can buy or check out from the library a good sewing book that will teach you about the terms you need to know.

I think I learned the most when I started with stuff I was really motivated to sew. Expect to have to rip out the seams many times when you screw up.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to sew a curved hem? on: February 10, 2011 05:03:15 PM
Now you know one of the biggest secrets in my sewing-bag of tricks!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to sew a curved hem? on: February 07, 2011 11:10:20 AM
The snips previously suggested are the orthodox way. Starch and ironing the heck out of things is also really useful. Sometimes I do those things, but sometimes I do something else.

Sometimes I like to sew a basting line (along the hem) with the largest setting on my machine. Then I snug it up so that there are teeny tiny gathers until the folded over part is the same length as the part it's getting sewn onto. The gathers end up so small that you don't see them in almost all instances. This works super well for stuff like circular capes and dresses or skirts where you're doing a rolled hem.

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