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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / power rangers sheet = dress?! on: March 20, 2011 06:55:02 AM
So imagine my joy as a die hard power rangers fan when in my thrifting i came upon a power rangers twin sheet circa 1994.   I actually owned this sheet at one point in my youth and was pumped to find it.  Plus it was half off!  So I decided I wanted to make it into a dress, a sundress.... I have beginner sewing skills and just want a simple tutorial on how to make a sundress, I cannot find one anywhere that's simple enough  Embarrassed
Anyone know where there are any good simple tutes lurking on the web?! TIA  Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / little red riding hood (with some sorta directions) on: March 09, 2011 01:51:44 PM
every time i manage to start cleaning I find something to distract me, like my daughter wrapping some red knit fabric around her and prancing around.  Which lead me to read her little red riding hood which lead to her idea of a red cape (ok so maybe i egged her on a bit Grin)  I took so many pictures but my computer rejected my memory card and wiped it clean so I have some cellphone quality ones here (i plan on updating later with better ones)

I've never successfully sewed anything "from scratch" and without a pattern to boot so I'm super proud of this.  

Little Red Hooded Cape

1.  Take fabric *I used red knit* (my overall cape took about  to 1/3  of  a yard & made a size 5 ) and decide length and width youd like it. (I used about for my cape and the remaining for the hood)
*Start measuring height from base of neck
*Make it as wide as you feel needed, youre going to gather it later anyway Wink
-Mark fabric

2. Cut out cape piece.  Hem the bottom and sides.  Add lace or trim to make it more decorative

3.  Gather top of the cape piece

4.  Hem the short sides of the hood piece
*My hood came out HUGE Id suggest folding the hood rectangle in half (hemmed sides together), pin the top closed and plopping on the childs head to get best hood measurements
Once you get the proper sizing of the hood stitch along top with about inch seam allowance. 
* Instead of sewing right to the end I rounded the corner so the hood wouldnt be pointy.  If you do this remember to clip your curves!

5.  Pin hood to gathered piece and sew together

6.  Add ribbons, buttons, a clasp, whatever strikes your fancy.  Then spend all day playing a big bad wolf who eats grandmas!

Its pretty simple, I wish I had taken pictures but usually I dont sew well so I figured Id see how the end came out.  If you have any questions just let me know and Ill try my best to answer them
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / just a coupla hats :) on: March 09, 2011 05:36:55 AM
The gray one was supposed to be a beret style but i got cautious with my rounds and ended up crocheting too tight.  Lips sealed  I like how it came out though, very light & perfect for spring.  (i'll write up a pattern if anyone wants,it's very simple)

This is just a regular old hat because little girl there would not stop pestering me until I made her one and i had about a half an hour to whip one up...

I'm really excited because although I've attempted crocheting before I never could really do it.  This time I just went out, picked up some new hooks and just got it!  So hopefully I'll be moving onto more complicated things soon  Wink
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / simple t-shirt recon :D (a bit pic heavy :x) on: January 20, 2011 10:56:46 AM
SO It's nothing fantastic or hard but after YEARS of begging for a sewing machine my mom finally got me one for Christmas.    I've been mostly practicing with paper and little scraps of fabric (and mostly failing  Wink) but i decided to suck it up today and try to accomplish something.  I stole my brothers shirt, cut it down to size and sewed it up.  All in all it took about ten minutes but i'm psyched..... I can't wait till naptime so I can attempt one with a ruffle skirt  Grin

Orginal shirt (size small)

After!  My DD is a size 5/6 in shirts, this is a little tight for my tastes but still fits comfortably  The bulgey bumpy in the bottom near her hips is her belt decor not a total bunch up sewing fail on my part  Wink

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Beginner! help please? :) on: January 16, 2011 07:34:01 PM
After years of hinting, my mother finally got me a sewing machine this Christmas.  I'm so excited to use it but cannot seem to find any beginners/how-to's or anything on children's clothes anywhere on the web.  Anyone know of any good links or something so I can finally put my machine to some use?  Wink   
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / carry yarn? on: September 19, 2009 03:28:48 PM
i'm making a scarf and everytime i switch colors i have those dangly strings at the end.  I'm all self taught so today when a woman saw me and told me i could carry the yarn to eliminate them i was pumped but i can't seem to figure out how.... does anyone know any youtube videos that show you or real well illustrated instructions?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help finding a pattern? on: August 29, 2009 08:03:32 AM
i want to make a pixie hat, but my googling attempts at finding a pattern are failing :/
do any of you lovelys know where to find a pattern? I'm looking for it to have this shape : http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27287182&ref=sr_gallery_5&&ga_search_query=harry+potter+pixie+&ga_search_type=all&ga_page=&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Toddler slouchy hat pattern? on: August 23, 2009 05:34:58 PM
I just started crocheting and I'm looking for a simple slouchy hat/tam pattern for toddlers.  I'm getting pictures of my daughter done later this week and I'm going for an urban theme, she'll be in a tutu and the background is going to be all abandoned factories and rail road tracks and such and i think a slouchy hat will be the perfect accessory. (gah i'm rambling.... Lips sealed) I've found patterns for adults but since i've only just began crocheting i have NO idea how to downsize it to toddler size  Undecided

Does anyone know of any free toddler patterns or how I can possibly modify the pattern for a toddler sized head? 
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