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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Camping gear for my 10 month old girl on: May 31, 2010 02:48:32 PM
So we took our 10 month old daughter for her first camping trip this weekend.  To commemorate her first of MANY outdoor excursions I just HAD to make her a little outfit, luckily enough I had this awsome canvas material I picked up at a yard sale while I was pregnant.

The whole outfit.  Sun hat, jacket and cargos.  It all turned out great considering that I was rushing to get it done in time for camping (I decided she needed the outfit 4 days before we left, and still needed time to do laundry, packing and other mommy duties.. lol)

Close up of the Jacket.  Its lined with a soft purple material.  Snap closure.  I did alot of stitching detail, which isn't perfect since I was rushing, but I like the way it looks from far away.  I wanted her to have as many pockets as possible.  Its big on her, so It should hopefully last the whole camping season.

The pants I'm totally proud of.  I've never done a fly before, or an elastic backed waistband, or set in front pockets.  The side pockets each have a second pocket on top of it, which I have never done either.  Theres TONS of pockets for her to fill with rocks and sea shells as she gets older.

Back of the pants. After I had them pretty much finished and tried them on her I realised that the bum barely covered her actual butt. So I had to rip it apart somewhat and add in a rise at the back (another first) so now theres full bum coverager.  I also rememebered to leave a lot of extra elastic so that as she grows I can let the elastic out, because the pants were quite huge before adding the elastic they should nicely turn into capris when shes bigger. (or if I'm feeling really adventerous, I can turn them into zip offs! )

The hat is reversable as well!  My husband thinks that the grey is too boyish so he likes the purple side for when shes not wearing the rest of the gear. 
The whole thing looked soo cute on her. And she was able to crawl around on the ground in the mud (it rained all weekend) without getting too wet, and afterwards it wasn't even dirty!  I'm tempted to make some saftey pin fishing lure "hooks" to add to the hat to make it really authentic.

C&C appreciated!
12  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Murder Slipers for my 9 month old on: April 27, 2010 03:25:44 PM
My daughter needs to wear shoes all the time because shes obsessed with standing and furniture walking. She slips and falls on her face too much if shes got on just socks, and she gets really cold feet when she goes barefoot.  But Im much too cheap to want to shell out $30 for shoes shes going to grow out of in three months anyways, and thats for cheapies.
So my solution:
Take old jeans, some shelf liner for grip, and make her a pair of soft soled shoes but thats pretty plain and boring. So I stenciled the name and logo of one of our favorite metal bands. Macabre sings about serial killers mostly, so they've been nicknamed "murder Metal" so these are her "murder slippers" 
my friends have requested adult sized pairs.

the mouse is for size comparasion. 
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Girls like trains too!! on: April 27, 2010 03:19:01 PM
I got this Thomas the Tank Engine fabric to make my 3 year old nephew some pyjams.  I still had lots left over (I love Buy one get yard get one free sales, I always buy twice as much as I need) so I made this dress to either give to one of my friends little girls, keep it for a few years until my daugher grows into it or sell it.. (which ever comes first I guess)  lol
I used Vegbees halter dress pattern (I love it) and used a circle skirt for twirl a bility
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / dress for my friends daughter on: March 20, 2010 04:51:21 PM
she refuses to wear anything girlie or frilly, but I really wanted to make her something cute, sO i used Vegbees halter dress pattern and made this:

i hope shell like it and actually wear it.. she loves camo.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / hUGH Hefner inspired lounge wear for my 3 yr old nephew on: March 20, 2010 04:45:33 PM
My sister asked if I could make my nephew something for his upcoming birthdday.  I decided on PJs.  My husband then decided that they should be a replica of what hugh Hefner is famous for, luxiourious lounge weaR.
http://reality_bytes.today.com/files/2009/03/holly_hef08.jpg this is whaT I was going for   and this is what I got...

The shirt was really hard for me to figure out, I made my own pattern and did about 6 test runs before i cut into the purple fabric my husband picked out. *note to self, never let Hubby pick out fabric again because he will always pick something that is a pain in the but to work with*  I wanted to give he illusion of a button up shirt but have it as a full front, so it would be easy for the litle guy to get it on.  

close up of shirt and 'smoking jacket'  the blanket binding trim on the coat was also a major pain..
and just incase he refuses to wear purple I made him a simple set of Thomas the Tank engine PJs as well.

I know my brother in law will love the hugh set, and will probably request a set for himself as well.  I'm making my dad a matching housecoat for his retirement present becuse my nephew adores him and I think it will be really cool for them to have matching housecoats.  
Just the coat:

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I FINALLY shirred something!!! on: February 21, 2010 09:33:07 AM
MANY thanks to ViolentJane for helping me discover that the original elastic thread I was using sucked monkey balls.  I got a spool of the stuff you recommeneded and it worked perfectly.. this dress took about half the spool, and it was actually Cheaper than the crap I was using before. Smiley

My house is embaressingly messy, so I photoshoped myself into a nicer background, so ignore how weird the photo looks, lol. 
Here it is, after MANY tired and many failures my first (of many) shirred sundress.  I put two extra straps on either side of the back so that it can be done up a mulitple of ways: halter styler as shown, wide v, basic spegetti straps or strapless (although im much too clumsy to wear it strapless)
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Hugh Hefnier Pjs for toddler?? {sorry large pics} on: February 20, 2010 09:56:58 AM
Okay, so my sister asked me if I could make my nephew some clothes for his birthday coming up in March.  I thought it would be fun (and my brother in law would LOVE it) if I made him some Hugh Hefner style PJ's, you know, kinda like a leisure suit. examples:


It looks like its basically your classic PJ's top and bottoms, (In a very luxurious fabric) and a 'smoking jacket' to finish it off.
Now, I'm thinking that silk is probably not the best bet for toddler PJ's, so any suggestions of what types of fabrics would be appropriate for a little boy, but would still pull off the same effect??   I could probably do a velour smoking jacket.  
Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Smiley
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / suggestions for a denim quilt pattern on: February 17, 2010 04:34:38 PM
I have made a bunch of denim quilts in the past using old jeans, but they weren't made out of a pattern exactly, mostly just random sized squares pieced together. I would really like to try my hand at making a more "quilt like" quilt, and do an actual pattern, but Im not sure what would work well with jeans because its a bit heavier than normal quilting fabric, so I don't think i'd want to do a bunch of tiny squares. The jeans I have are about 3 different shades of blue, and one pair of black. Any suggestions?
I'm a visiual learner/quilter so if you have pictures or links to directions, than I would love you that much more! Cheesy
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Leopard print lined purple fuzzy jacket on: February 12, 2010 12:53:39 PM
I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out.  It's my first attempt at lining something somewhat properly (meaning, I knew i was going to line it from the start, not decide to line it after it was already all sewn together)  It could proabably even be considered reversable.

Its cuddly soft purple fleece (much lighter than the picture gives the impression of) lined with leopard print satin. 

I think I might put this one in my shop.. whadda ya think??

*I'm not sure why the picture wont rotate, sorry about that.. and please ignore the very wrinkly and apparently stained recieving blanket I used as a backdrop (DH does my photo editing for the website and everything must be on a white backdrop so he can easily crop away the background)*
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / For those of you that have Etsy stores... on: February 03, 2010 04:10:58 PM
How do you determine the shipping costs if you haven't shipped something before?? I see alot of people that have their costs at like $3-5, but If I try to send something (lets say its 2lbs) home, which would be about three provinces away, it costs me like $20.. so how do you figure it out??  Is there some kind of magical shipping company that I just don't know about???  I'm in Western Canada if that means anything.

Edit:  Sorry if this shouldnt be in this section.  This is just where usually am, and If i'm shipping things it will be clothing, so I wanted to get an idea from other clothing shippers.. (I also didn't know where else to ask..)
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