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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tote/Diaper Bag - my first on: August 12, 2011 07:54:32 PM
A friend asked me to make her a tote for a baby shower she was attending. She asked me to include an interior pocket. Now, I'd only made 2 other small totes for my daughters. And I'd never done a pocket. I'm not sure if I did it "right" or not, but I was really happy with how it turned out!

PS I also just got an embroidery machine and I've been monogramming *everything* LOL

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Well I *thought* I was being original!! on: October 28, 2010 11:49:35 AM
Literally the day after I started on the skirts (which I thought was an original idea), I saw this tutorial http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-cinched-and-layered-skirt-for-little-girls/2010/10/24/ over on craftgossip. Although my construction was a little different, it's basically the same idea...

So I finished the skirts up last night and did the pumpkin applique on the shirts.  My first try with applique and I think it turned out great! But why did I have to try something *round* for my first try?!

In hindsight, I wish I'd used orange and brown rather than orange and black. Then I could extend the use throughout the fall. Ah well.

C/C always welcome!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Goodies for Kinnley (lots of pics) on: July 28, 2010 12:55:43 AM
A friend of mine with a new baby girl has admired some of my creations for my own 2 girls that I had posted on my facebook. So I promised her that I would make something cute for her wee one.  Yeah...that was 2 months ago!  Roll Eyes I've made everything a bit big, so hopefully she hasn't outgrown them already!

I made this (and a few others) based on a tutorial found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=162267.msg1642714#msg1642714.  I used some pre-shirred fabric I had left-over from some dresses I made for my girls. I'm not too happy with the results, but it was my first attempt at this technique. I stretched the fabric as I sewed because I thought it would allow it some give when a baby with a round belly put it on. But it just made things kind of bunch up.  Hopefully it will look better on.

Next I found a couple of fat quarters that I fell in love with, and made this dress. I shirred the bodice with 1/4" elastic which I sewed directly to the backside of the fabric. That was also a new technique for me. Previously I have only shirred using the elastic thread in the bobbin. I used my serger to finish the edges with a rolled hem. And I added a ribbon trim with a bow and button.

Here are some matching bloomers I finally got right!! Confession - I went back to the fabric store 3 times to re-purchase the pink dot fat quarter...I made the bloomers by trial and error and had a little more error than I anticipated.
The best thing about this outfit is it will fit the baby now as a dress (about size 6 mos) and later she can wear it as a top (it fits my 3 1/2 year old perfectly as a top!)

Another skirt for a onesie. I didn't actually attach this one to the onesie, as I was not happy with my results the first time.
I made two layers of skirt and did a rolled hem again.

And finally, a third skirt/onesie combo. I did attach the skirt this time and didn't pull at the onesie as I did so, so no bunching. I really feel like the top of the onesie needs something...like an applique with the same fabric as the skirt...but alas I used my full fat quarter for the skirt. And I've never appliqued before and don't know if I want to try on something I'm giving as a gift. LOL

I sure wish I had a 4 - 6 month old handy to see how they look on!  Grin

C/C Welcome and appreciated!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fat Quarter tiered skirt on: April 22, 2010 12:17:27 AM
Here is a simple 3-tiered skirt I made with 3 fat quarters. I LOVE projects using fat quarter bundles...all the fabrics already coordinated and tied up neatly with that little ribbon...oh so irrisistible! Smiley

And one I made last fall with vertical panels.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Romper recon! on: March 28, 2010 03:14:41 PM
Here is a springy romper I reconned from a misses strapless dress! I am really into recons these days! I generally have no clue what I'm doing sewing-wise, so I know there are plenty of mistakes and boo-boos but overall I think it's pretty cute.  I put elastic around the leg about 2 1/2 inches up, but it doesn't gather in as much as I wanted it too, so I may rip that out and redo it.  I should have put some snaps on the inside leg seams as well for ease of diapering, but I'm not that brave. Also, it's my first time using bias tape. Smiley Go me!



AFTER Back View

Here she is literally saying "CHEESE!" Smiley

Hope you like it! C/C welcome!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I DIT IT! Youth t-shirt to Toddler dress! on: February 21, 2010 12:53:22 PM
Thanks to christephi's awesome tute and inspiration (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293063.0), I went to the thrift store yesterday and found some cute stuff to try to upcycle.  Lo and behold I did it! Woot!

Size XL youth tshirt

Size 2T shirt used as a template/pattern

Finished in about 2 hours (and that includes multiple distractions from the little monkey's)

Littlest monkey loves it!
The left sleeve looks a little bulky, but overall I'm happy with it!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Peasant dress - My first post! on: February 17, 2010 03:24:53 PM
I made this using pattern pieces from the book "Making Children's Clothes" by Emma Hardy. I used pattern pieces 3 and 19 for the dress and sleeves, then just did the belt on my own.  This was my first time using a pattern, I usually just make things up as I go!  I cut a size 3 for my 3 year old, but found it a bit too big. I tried to modify it a bit. This is also my first post.  I have gotten a lot of inspiration from you craftsters so I thought I'd give a little back! Smiley

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