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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Swing dresses. Lotsa pics! on: November 01, 2009 08:37:19 PM
Here is a few swing dresses I have made for my sweet 10mth old. I used a McCalls pattern 2213. Super easy! and I used this tute to make the contrasting bias tape.


I used the same material from above to do the pockets and tape on this one...

This one was a mens Manga style t-shirt. Its nice to see her in something other than pink once in a while - but not too often Cheesy

I just zig zaged the bottom hem on this one.

Thanks for looking!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Maternity to Infants dress - with basic tute. on: October 30, 2009 04:41:05 PM
Hey there beautiful craftsters!

Here is my latest recon...with a very basic tutorial to go with it ( I am still learning, so I apologise if I have made any Faux Pas.

These were my maternity pyjamas, too cute to waste but don't fit me anymore (yay!)

I just cut around where I wanted to image to go, using the original leg seams as the sides of my dress, and cutting out spaces for sleeves...leaving extra for seam allowance. (By the way if you dont have a pare of baggy but super cute maternity pants lying around. You can easily just make a tube shape instead! )

Then using some red cotton I cut 4 identical crescents. The pic makes them look differant sizes but I just folded the material over and cut them all in one. Use the neckline of one of your little ones other tops to get the size right and leave room for seams.

Then putting 2 right sides together sew around the outside leaving this space open...

and them repeat with your other 2 cutouts.
Next I did the hem and the sleeve seams. I just folded under and sewed but some contrasting bias tape would look good here too.

I forgot to get a pic of this step...but you are a clever bunch, you will get it! I turned the top part of the dress right side out and ironed it flat. Then folded the seams in for the open part and ironed them. Message me if that makes no sense!
Sandwich the bottom part of the dress into the gap and gather a little so it fits nicely. Make sure your seams are tucked in, pin and sew together.

Sorry about the blurry shot.
Here I made a mistake and put the buttonholes on the front straps instead of the back, or I would have had them down a little lower. So you choose where you want your buttons to sit. Put a buttonhole on either side and attach your buttons.

OK I think that's about it, hope you could follow my instructions ... Here is the finished product.

Cute and super comfy!!
Thanks for looking Smiley

13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Lego/graffiti shoes on: October 28, 2009 07:28:08 PM
Hey there beautiful craftsters,

My eldest monkey needed some new shoes (like he does every 3 months!!) and there was nothing around that had any personality and even the boring ones were at least $40. So I got these from BigW for $9 and he chose a lego theme and away we went. I used a fabric paint medium to thin down acrylic paint and used a srayon sealer and waterproofer after. He loved them and he is taking orders from friends now Smiley

Thanks for looking!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boy oh boy. My first post :) on: October 28, 2009 07:15:00 PM
Hi there beautiful craftsters!!
Here is my very first post for you all...

My sweetheart hubby got me a sewing machine for my bday in August so with a lot of help from you guys, utube and reading and re-reading the manual more than I would like to admit. Here is some of my first attempts for my boys...

A collared shirt for the littlest monkey. I used the basic measurements from a simplicity pattern for pyjamas and altered it a fair bit to look less pyjama-ey.

This is a close up of the sleeve, which I rolled up and added a button. Just cause they are funky. I also added a 5 to the pocket....cause he is five  and some random red zig zag stitching to rough it up a bit.

Some rock and roll pyjamas for my handsome man! Love ,love ,love this material!!

I zig zag stitched a guitar on the shirt...my first attempt...it didnt go well. I later learnt that I should have used the iron on stuff to stick it down first...whoops!

Back shot, Would you look at those muscles!! Added a 'Z' for ZAch here. Just to make it a bit more personalised.

Thanks for looking!!!
I have to go upload the 500 pictures of the dresses I have made for my baby girl now...this sewing stuff is addictive!!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Opinions Needed...would you go for this? on: September 24, 2009 08:27:01 PM
Hello my beautiful craftsters!!

I have an idea for a small boutique shop I would like to open in my home town and I would love your opinion on whether it would work and if you think anyone would be interested in selling with me...

My idea is to stock fully handmade and hand crafted items such as furniture, clothes, handbags, gift ideas etc.

But I would like to sell items on a commission basis. So all the talented people in my area can sell their items in my shop - I'm thinking about calling it "Made with love" Huh and I will sell them and keep about 15% of the sale price. What do you think? Would anyone go for it do you think?

I would also love...down the road a little... to be able to give some people a start up loan to get their products up and going and then just take a bit more % of the sales to pay back the loan.

Ok so thats the idea. It looks so gorgeous in my head! With paintings on the walls from local artists and a kids section with handcrafted toys and beautiful fabrics everywhere!!
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