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1  Mini Spiderman in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by manic_me on: February 02, 2010 02:12:47 PM
Okay, so I'm a huge Spiderman fan, I have tons of collectibles, comic books, the whole 9 yards. Not to mention that I tell everyone he's my man lol. So it makes sense that my daughter would be a bit of tomboy (with 2 older brothers, and a mom like me), and be totally into Spiderman as well. They don't exactly make things like this for girls, so of course we had to make it Smiley

slinging her webs

More pictures and details on my blog Smiley
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2  Mario Party!! in Halloween Decor and Parties by manic_me on: January 10, 2010 07:14:28 PM
I wasn't aware of this site around Halloween, but I'm proud of how everything turned out so I'm showing it now Smiley

My boys wanted to be Mario and Luigi for Halloween, but I wanted their little sister to match them, and then we had to get our dog in on the action too. So here's my own little Mario Party.

I made everything but the shirts their all wearing, and the boy's mustaches. For the overalls, I  used the bodice of a dress, traced their pants for a pattern, and attached. Those were easy. The hats were pretty easy too, I measured their heads for the band, cut out a big circle and gathered it into the band, and cut out a semi circle for the brim. I found white gloves at the dollar store and painted black lines on the backs of the hands, but you can't see them in the pictures. Our dog is a koopa troopa, and I used a dog halloween costume pattern to make his. The pattern was supposed to make a lion, cow and other animals but I just needed it for the body. I made my own shell pattern, stuffed it and attached it to the top, then I sewed on some felt eyes.

My daughter's costume wasn't really hard, but it was the most time consuming. I think it worked well because she's really short lol. I found some punch balloons, and just paper mached it a whole bunch until it was hard. It sounds easy, but the balloons kept popping under the weight of the paper mache. I cut holes in the top, bottom and sides for her arms, legs, and head. We spray painted it black, glued some felt eyes to it, and I made some shoe covers for her feet. Oh, I also made her a wick hat. I used grey felt, so it was pretty stretchy and easy. I measured her head for the band and traced a bowl to get the top, and sewed it all together with some stiff stuff (don't know the name) to help hold up the wick. I glued a bunch of yarn together, then glued it to the top of the hat and painted the tip red so she would look lit.

The boys had their bags behind them, but you can see my daughter holding her's. I made all 3 of them trick or treat bags out of felt that look like the coin blocks in the game. It was a lot of details, but it was tons of fun, and everyone kept stopping them to get a better look. I think the best thing was that everyone thought our dog was a stuffed animal, until he'd run over and lick them lol.
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3  upcycled dresses in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by manic_me on: January 10, 2010 01:43:47 PM
Lil blue boo is having a contest going on right now, so I'm practicing before I make the ones I want to submit. These are all made using the Sienna dress pattern. I'm still not quite sure what I want to do, or use on the dresses I'm going to submit. I didn't use enough other mediums to enter them Sad, but I still love them! It makes me feel good to be able to have given these shirts new life. Sorry the pictures look kind of eh, I'm in no way a photographer lol. Anyway, let me know what you think!

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4  Flaming Boy's tie in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by manic_me on: January 10, 2010 01:06:53 PM
I made this tie for no particular reason, other than friends bugging me to make boy stuff lol. I guess I am a bit particular to cute girl stuff, but hey after 2 boys I'm allowed Smiley.

I wasn't sure how to go about making a tie, so I bought a cheap one at the thrift store and took it apart. I took my measuring tape, and sort of "mock" tied it and tried it on my boys to check for length. I took the thrift store tie, and shortened it in the middle to the length that I measured on my boys.

The tie was was too long to keep in 1 piece, so I had to chop it in half to make it fit on my fabric. I guess it also helped that the fabric I used was a bit stretchy too. The tie ended up 44.5" long, which fits both my 9 (who's really tall) and 6 year old's. I learned a lot from this tie though. When I make it again I'm going to make it a bit skinnier, because it was a pain to tie (lol).

So, what do you think?

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