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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Criss-Cross Bodice/Strap . . . ? on: January 11, 2011 11:34:26 AM
This dress from Modcloth makes me SO happy!  So simple, so elegant *sigh*  And I would dearly love to learn how to do the criss-cross bodice/strap construction.  I've tried a Google search but seem to be Google-impared perhaps it's my terminology; I just can't figure out what to call it.  Any advice on what this technique is actually called, patterns that use it or tutorials that teach it would be greatly appreciated!!

Here's the actual link:

Thank you!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easter Smocking - Lots of Pics on: April 03, 2010 10:41:18 AM
I've become addicted to smocking.  I can't help it!  So here are some smocked Easter outfits I make for my kids.

My son just would not sit still.

My daughters dress is Daisy from Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine #89.  It's done in pink cotton with the prettiest subtle, swirly floral pattern.  Lined in white cotton.  The instructions called for crochet on the collar and sleeves, but I can't crochet, so I found some nice pink lace edging instead.  

Here's a close-up of the smocking.  24 full and half rows of the same stitch, over, and over, and over again.  I was quite glad to be done with it.  But I've very pleased with the result.  I love the little daisies with the button centers!

I had a time getting my husband to agree to smocking on my son!  He vetoed nearly everything I suggested as "too girly."  Hmph!  But I finally managed to find something that he thought wouldn't embarrass they boy.  Vogue #7504 in dark blue linen, lined with white cotton.  The pattern had a shirt to go with the jumper, but it had a rounded collar and apparently that's on my husbands no fly list.  So we just bought a white polo for underneath.  

After the herculean effort that went into my daughter's smocking, this was a breeze!  One color, eight rows, and I actually got to use a few different stitches!

One last pic just for fun!  I was really happy with how they both turned out and was especially happy that the weather decided to cooperate for shorts!

Happy Easter!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Valentine's Dress on: February 16, 2010 04:04:23 PM
Long ago I found this great pink and black plaid, I had no idea what to do with it, but I knew it would make a cute something someday.  So last Monday I realized that dd had nothing special for Valentine's Day.  So, pink plaid plus Simplicity 2574 and here you go.  It was a very easy pattern and went together quickly and smoothly.  But I did learn some very important lessons about working with plaid!  It's nothing mind blowing spectacular, but dd really loved it and felt special.

So, Happy Valentine's baby!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Recon an old wool coat? on: December 25, 2009 08:55:29 PM
Hello you crafty Crafters,

My Grandma passed away over 13 years ago and I found an old wool coat of hers in a closet.  It's not a style that I particularly care for and my Mom said if I didn't want it that I should just take it to Goodwill.  But I just can't do that, I'm a sentimental schmuck! 

After poking around the recon boards for a while, I've started to consider trying to turn the coat into something more "me." 

I'd like to turn it into something like this:
The red view.

The original is a pretty baggy, unfitted, lined coat along these lines:

So my question here is, what advice, wisdom, warnings, tips/tricks etc. can you all give me?  I've a very confident sewer and don't doubt my skill ability to do it, but I don't know if the thick wool would tolerate being picked apart and refitted. 

I appreciate any help you all can give me.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Brown and Blue Birthday Dress on: August 30, 2009 04:59:54 PM

I gave an advanced pattern book a try last time and though I finished it, it was a challenge! So back to good old Simplicity I go. This is Simplicity 3588. It turned out large so I had to take it in a bit. But seeings how this was put together with 48 hours notice, I think the ease of this pattern redeemed it. I definitely plan on doing this one in corduroy for a fall weight dress.

For his birthday we found our son a very cute outfit at Babies R' Us and since I'm cheesy I wanted something for my daughter that coordinated : ) You can find pink and brown everything but pink and blue is more difficult. So why not make a dress? I found this great brown flowered cotton fabric at Hobby Lobby and got some blue cotton to match. There's a zipper in the back and fabric covered buttons on the yoke.

Hope ya'll enjoy!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pink Tiered Dress on: August 23, 2009 04:23:34 PM
This dress is a very simple version of a Kari Mecca dress from her "Sewing with Whimsy" book.  

It has four tiers of pink cotton.  Each tier is supposed to be twice as full as the one above it; 1, 2, 4 then 8 panels.  But the final tier was just so over the top full that it's only 6 panels.  I went out and bought a ruffler foot which is now my best friend!!

I love how this dress turned out, but I discovered the difference between a Simplicity pattern that holds your hand through a project and a pretty advanced sewing book that assumes you know what you're doing.  I learned a lot from doing this dress because I did, tore apart and re-did every single piece of this pattern!  The book calls for oodles of trims and embellishments but I left it simple for many reasons 1) I couldn't find any trims that I really liked 2) I can't make a rolled rose to save my life 3) She's four and I wanted to be able to throw it in the wash.  She did wind up spilling red fruit punch down the front of herself the first time she wore it, what Sunday School teacher gives kids red punch?!?!?!  Thank the Lord for OxyClean!

A close up of the cotton lace work on the bodice

She really liked her "Pink Princess Dress"

An attempt to show the fullness of the skirt on a wiggly girl

Obligatory Twirly Shot
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lemony Yellow Sun Dress on: May 10, 2009 05:52:04 PM
I made my daughter this sun dress with some terrific lemon print quilter's cotton I found a Joann's.  I didn't know what pattern I wanted, I just knew I L.O.V.E.D. that fabric!  I settled on Simplicity 2683 in view C with some matching yellow fabric for the straps and hem and mossy green rick rack.  The bodice is lined with plain white muslin. The pattern was a breeze to put together but I had a hard time getting her to stand still for the picture, she just wanted to spin!

It was my own little Mother's Day gift to myself!  Grin

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Cadbury Egg Top on: May 06, 2009 07:49:37 PM
Hi all,

My sister-in-law is having crazy pregnancy dreams.  The other night she had one where she had the baby and it was a Cadbury Egg.  So for her birthday, I made her a maternity top with a Cadbury Egg on it.  This is the first time I've put an image on a shirt and would really appreciate any comments about how to improve.

I just got a plain white maternity top and used FabricMate fabric pens to draw the image on.  I really wanted to try a stencil, but a multi layered one for a first try seemed a bit scary!  Shocked  So pens it was.  I hot pressed it with my iron but haven't washed it yet.  Any washing tips?

Thanks a bunch!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Purple Cat Poppet - ****Now with Hair Questions***** on: April 11, 2009 09:13:23 PM
Major thanks to Ghillie for the Poppet pattern!!  I had so much fun with this project and am already planning my next.

She's an Easter gift for my three year old daughter.  Her favorite book is Brown Bear and she always gets a giggle out of the Purple Cat page, so it seemed an obvious choice.  I couldn't find a fabric that I liked, so I bought a cream velour and dyed it with Rit. 

This could easily become an addiction for me!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Butterfly Outfit on: February 21, 2009 06:04:51 AM
It's still pretty cold here and I'm getting impatient for spring.  So I got some springy fabric and made my daughter up a twirly skirt and appliqued top.  I had no idea how hard it is to find a plain, white tee for a little girl!! 

The four fabrics are from Hobby Lobby, but it is pretty thin so I made a white cotton attached underskirt to give her a bit more coverage.  The waistband is elastic and could have stood to be snugger, but this is my first attempt at something without a paper pattern, so I'm pretty pleased with it either way.

I had so much fun doing this that I'm already stalking the fabric racks for her next one!
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