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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to fix a waist gap in a bathing suit bottom on: June 28, 2014 08:06:39 PM
So I made my daughter a boy shorts bathing suit bottom (still working on the top)  After sewing everything together (it's reversible as well which was a huge pain in the ass) I noticed that the wait gaps at the back.  It's not a huge gap, but I  find it unsightly and worry that it will effect how it stays up while swimming. To insert the elastic I sewed it to the waistband seam allowance and then sewed it between the two fabrics so it's not like I can just tighten the elastic very easily.  (It seemed like such a genius idea at the time... )
Any ideas how I can bring the gap in without completely undoing EVERYTHING? 

This is the elastic sewn to the seam allowance

This is the finished waistband 

The finished shorts
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Nananananana BATDRESS! on: April 28, 2014 10:03:18 AM
*sorry for blurry pictures, it's impossible to get her to stand still for a picture when she's not over the moon excited.  These were hard enough to get*

I've had these awesome red silk Pj's stashed in my "reuse" pile for ever, saving them for the perfect project because the fabric is so great, but limited.  At first I was going to use it with some black crushed velvet I also had to make my daught an evil queen dress for her 5th birthday.  Then of course I realized her birthday's in July and an evil queen dress would probably give her heat stroke.  She's been big on Batman lately so I came up with this:

Originally I wanted both skirts to be pixie cut with alternating points, but I didn't realize I had cut out the wrong skirt pattern piece until I had 4/8 cut out  so I went with a full circle for the red underskirt and I think it works just fine. 

Cutting out the symbol was a total pain.  It took me three tries before I figured out to use some interfacing on the black to make it stiff enough to keep the right shape.  Then I glued it onto the red and appliqued it afterwards. 

She's pretty darn stoked about it.  The best part is the first time we took her out she had at least four people compliment her on it.  She's pretty good about giving me credit for making it for her.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / The different circle skirts and their twirls? on: June 23, 2013 03:02:52 PM
I have some great fabric from a dress my sister in law wore for a graduation when she was younger.  There isn't THAT much, but I think I can pull off a nice dress for my 4 year old.  She wants a twirl skirt, I was thinking circle, but I don't think I have enough material to get a good size circle out of, then I discovered you can do it in 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 circles as well.  So I'm wondering if I can get a good twirl out of a 3/4 or even 1/2 circle instead?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What would you call this style of sleeve? *Added another Question** on: June 20, 2013 07:25:56 PM

I would like to make something similar to this dress for my daughter's 4th birthday dress. I think I have an idea of how to put it together, but I would like to look up some how to's on the style and especially the sleeves, but I don't know what to call it.  

I'm going to make this as a bodice and a skirt So that the skirt is gathered but the bodice is not.  I want elasticize the (empire) waist and put a zipper either on the side or in the back.  I'm trying to figure out is how I can attach a braid to the waist, that wont interfere with the elastic, or look too silly because of the elastic.  Any tips?
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: how well does lard based soap clean? on: February 05, 2013 08:09:00 AM
Thanks! We went ahead and tried it anyways this weekend and it looks fantastic.  My husband tried the smallest little bit on his hands before we let it dry for at least a week and he was pretty impressed.  He's now totally sold on the whole soap making idea and is already thinking about what to put in the next batch!. 
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / how well does lard based soap clean? on: January 26, 2013 02:18:33 PM
I've wanted to make my own soap for awhile now, but never figured that my Husband would think it was a good idea.  So imagine my surprised joy when today he declares that I should learn how to make soap so we can use up all that lard in the freezer. 
I wanted to stay basic and Cheap so I used the SOapCalc to make a recipe using lard and olive oil. Soap calc tells me that the cleansing aspect of this soap will be only 1 (compared to an ideal 12-22).  Now he's decided we shouldn't waste the time and the ingredients since it wont clean very well..

Does anyone have any experience with lard based soaps and how well they clean??  or anything really cheap and easily obtained to make it clean better??
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Princess dress on: December 14, 2012 07:03:37 PM
Lol this is the first dress I've made her in awhile that isn't  camouflage.  Love your profile pic, Harvey. 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Princess dress on: December 14, 2012 08:44:55 AM
My 3 yo would rather wear camo than frills, and that's awesome.  But I wanted to make her a princess dress to put in her dress up box, but also have it be something she could wear out and about as well. So I came up with this.

I'm really proud of it because I actually finished the edges of the purple fabric that frays really bad.

  It's my first hidden zipper.

I top stitched where ever I could.

I paid attention to the details.
And if I messed up I seam ripped and redid it (3 times).  I didn't use the "no onesgonna look that close to it" excuse I always do when I get rushy and lazy with the stuff I make. 

I do still need to hem the skirt as its way too long right now.. but I'm excited.  She loves it and made me promise that the next time she tries it on I won't make her take it off again. Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / wire wrapped beach glass 1st attempts on: September 08, 2012 12:08:12 PM
I made these pendants using beach glass from my collection (my toddler and i spend hours beach combing looking for glass, I'm a little obsessed. )  Since I'm just starting off and these were just for myself and to give away to my sisters and mom I used silver plated copper wire which was cheaper.  Once I've used it all up hopefully I'll be better at it and will be able to buy the more expensive silver and start selling.   Smiley

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Cloth diaper cake on: June 23, 2010 09:07:21 PM
What a wonderful gift!!  You really outdid yourself, shes such a lucky new mommy, and that baby is gonna have one fashionable tushie!

I loooove the bunny! It looks perfect! I always wonder about cloth diapers... I'm not having babies ANYTIME soon, but have lots of friends with babies. Do they really... clean up... well? Hahah I just feel like throwing the poop away is so much easier! (But so wasteful and so costly!) Love the patterns you used!

I use cloth (Most of the time) and they clean up pretty good. After a little while they may get slightly stained, but thats understandable because they ARE diapers afterall, but no one really sees them anyways. You can also get diaper liners that are flushable or washable so that you can just throw out the liner and not have to worry about spatulas scraping into the toilet (like my mother used to use lol)  They are def. great, eco friendly and money savy, especially if you sew yourself
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