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1  Board shorts for the surfer girl in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: August 14, 2007 09:45:48 AM
We're going to the shore for vaca. soon, and I had a pair of board shorts that haven't fit me in years due to birth of said surfer girl.

Reconned them into these- should have been a 20 minute project, but unfortunately I don't learn from my mistakes and drafted the pattern from a pair of stretchy shorts, so it took me several hours to rethink, redesign, and redo to make them fit.

Doing the hula:



Front detail, ties not tied (sorry, the shot I took with them tied didn't take- wonky camera needs to be replaced:)
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2  Dance of the fairy in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: August 12, 2007 12:40:04 PM
True, there isn't much sewing here.  But it is sorta' kid clothes.

After being overwhelmed at the sheer magnificence of my niece's dress-up clothes last week, and DDs love of said clothes, I decided she needed hers gathered up and assessed, at which point I decided she needed more.

Took a quick peek at a tute here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=179195.0, modified to my liking, and came up with this.

(Okay, nothing is actually sewn- I used a girl's elastic headband for the waistband.)

The three different fabrics are all old curtains- the swiss dot is from the 40's, the daisy was from the first apartment DH and I had after we were married, and the plain white was in our current family room before I changed them out.

Shy fairy:

Skirt detail:

The dance:

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3  Tiered skirt with my Vegbee 3/4 sleeve peasant top in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: August 11, 2007 06:57:52 PM
Decided today that I wanted to make one of those nifty tiered skirts.  I only have so much usable fabric (tons of fabric, actually, but not much that I want to use on DD) so I decided to make a skirt to match the peasant top I made a few weeks ago.

I would have preferred to have two white tiers with blue in the middle, so that there wouldn't be so so so much blue in this outfit, but I only had JUST enough of this white material to make the middle tier (and you can probably tell it isn't quite as wide as it should be.)  I'll probably have her wear this with a white shawl.

Also, I still have to do the bottom hem.  I am so bad about posting pictures before the bottom hem is done, LOL, but I can't stand doing hems and can't wait to put my pictures up.

To everyone who made the tutes, thanks!

Scared of the dark, with chocolate soymilk mustache:

Winding up to twirl:

Dancing the scariness out of her mind:
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4  I am SOOOOO in love with elastic thread!!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: August 11, 2007 12:35:08 PM
Had a really tough time finding it- finally found black (they were out of white) it the bead/jewelry-making section.

So this is just a boring old test piece.  I made it out of some of the yards and yards of material I have left from a bridesmaid dress I had to wear once upon a time.

It was supposed to be a shorter dress with straps, but I cut it long (accidentally) and now DD won't let me cut it shorter or add the straps.  She loves it the way it is, black elastic showing and all. It reminds me of something the women who sang on the Lawrence Welk show would have worn, LOL.  Just a few little areas where I should have straightened out the fabric, and now I know how to do it for the next time.

The elastic was SO easy to work with.  Now that I know how to use it, I will definitely be making a few things for DD and myself. I highly encourage anyone who hasn't tried shirring to just give it a try- although slightly tedious, it is uber simple.

BTW, does anyone know why some tutes tell you to steam the shirring after you are done?  I did, but I don't think it made any difference.

Also, I think next time, I will work from where I want the shirring to end up toward the top of the garment, instead of top to bottom, because it is looser when you first start.  Obviously, you want the top to be the tightest part so the garment stays up/doesn't reveal too much cleavage (though this isn't really a problem for DD, LOL.)  I may also try marking the middle of the desired shirred area and working outward in both directions to get a more even tightness.  Any thoughts???
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5  Night on the town outfit. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: August 03, 2007 03:42:36 PM
I created this last night after going through my fabric stash and finding the floral fabric and some (I think) shantung.  I had images of walking along the promenade in Cape May at night when I made it.  DD will look smashing, as always. 

I had a terrible time with the top.  I've not made a crossover top from scratch before (reconned some old shirts once, but left part of the original neckline.)  I had the whole thing put together and then realized it would NEVER work that way and needed to be ripped apart and redone.  It is far from perfect, but I don't think the casual observer will really notice.  I had envisioned the gussets from the start, but didn't add them until after DD got up in the morning and didn't like the fit.

All in all, I'm happy with the outcome.  The fit of the armholes isn't really right (because of the major modifications I had to make, and the fact that I had to use hem tape to finish the edges after the realization came that the original design wasn't well thought out,) but DD doesn't seem to mind.  It took me forever to make the shirt, but next time will go much more quickly. I'm in love with the overall look, though.

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6  Cheytown dress: Another Variant in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: August 03, 2007 03:34:01 PM
I started this weeks ago.  It was some high-end women's blouse, which, BTW, I think would look atrocious on an adult. 

It had no yolk and a troublesome inset pocket.  I took care of the pocket by adding a "ribbon" detail to the back.  (Green chalk mark will be gone with the rinse water.)

I decided the front needed more detail, so I cut out one of the flowers, embroidered and beaded it, and added it to the front.

DD loves this one.

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7  Orange-y Good lessons in bias tape in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: August 03, 2007 03:30:24 PM
Modified this dress from a 60's pattern that was 2 sizes too small, which is an awfully big difference to a 4 yo.

I don't actually recall working with bias tape before.   Huh  What I did here doesn't work, obviously, but DD is happy and I have learned a lesson or two from it.

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8  Re: Reversible Retro Wrap Jumper Top- NOW WITH ACTION SHOTS! (Way IMG heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: July 28, 2007 08:30:44 AM
Well, since I can't tell if this pattern is still copyrighted, here is my feeble attempt at a tutorial.

You will need to adjust measurements based on your wee one.  My daughter's chest is 21" (about a 3 or 4 T) so my measurements are based on this, and include room for ease and seams. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF YOUR CHILD IS LARGER OR SMALLER, THE ARMHOLE WILL NEED TO BE MODIFIED ACCORDINGLY.  I didn't take this into account when I first made the tute.  The width of that area just above "A" in my pattern was 4" (across DD's side from back strap to front bib) which corresponds to DD's actual measurements around her side.

There is only one pattern piece, and this is what it looks like:

Please ignore the inside of the two lines on the left- it is nothing but I was unable to erase it for some reason.

Here are some numbers to help you develop your own pattern:

The total measurement across the front was about 25 inches.  This is my daughter's measurement + 3" for ease.  If your child is much bigger or much smaller, the ease measurement will change accordingly.

A to B on mine is about 6.5"
C to D is about 18", which includes 5/8" seam allowances
E to F is about 26" (incl. seam)
G is 4" above and 1.75 inches to the right of A
H to I is about 17"

I'm not math-minded enough to figure out the ratios for you, but if you fiddle with that enough, I'm sure you can come up with your own pattern quite easily.

Now, fold your material (following the grain) and place the straight edge of you pattern (C to D) precisely on the fold.  Trace and cut.

Still Folded:


Do the same with the lining or contrasting material.

Pin the two fabrics, right sides together. 

Sew together, leaving an opening to turn.

Turn and neaten edges.  Sew opening closed.

The buttons you choose must be of a similar size, or you can use another method like snaps or whatever.

Attach buttons to front and back of jumper top (if reversible.)

Make buttonholes.


Small one modeling.

Sorry if that is terribly unclear.  I'm not a good computer artist nor necessarily good at explaining things.  Any questions, just ask. 

I'd love to see your version!!!

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9  Today's quickie outfit in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: July 27, 2007 11:13:22 AM
We are going to a children's carnival in Saratoga tonight, and I wanted to make DD something cute and unique to wear.  So I threw this together- nothing extraordinarily special, but nobody else will have them!  I may go back in and rip a couple inches of the side seams out to make a slit, but for now they will stay the way they are.

(FYI- I put the pointy pocket low so that the shorts can be worn w/ the pocket on front or on back.)

(And sorry if the image doesn't work right away- PB all of a sudden seems not to be working properly.)
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10  Reversible Retro Wrap Jumper Top- NEW Semi-TUTE (Way IMG heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Kimberlina on: July 25, 2007 09:33:19 PM
I found these awesome sheets at the thrift shop last week.  I also found 4 retro patterns in my daughters size there, .25 each.  I was amazed to find them, since it isn't a huge Salvy.

Anyway, this is called a jumper, but only one of the views show it worn as a jumper- the rest show it as a top to be worn over a shirt and pants. (Little girls wore scandalously short dresses back in the late 60s and early 70s, no?) The pattern comes with a pattern for bell bottoms, no lie, and I am going to make a pair of them in one of the fabrics, and shorts in the other fabric, so they can be coordinated and switched around.

I really didn't have to tweak it to make it reversible- you cut out the main piece and the lining with the same pattern piece, pin the good sides together, sew, and turn.  All I will have to do is add buttons to both sides. (The safety pins are obviously filling in for the buttons, and the buttonholes will be added tomorrow after a quick trip to the store to find some funky ones to go with.)

I think it would make an awesome dress for a toddler if it had a matching or coordinating diaper cover, but it would need more tweaking to accomplish that.

No action shots, which I know makes it hard to tell how this really looks.  The cheeky girl is asleep. (I will try to get some tomorrow for a better view.)

And FWIW, the colors aren't as bold as they appear in the picture.  (I wish they were.)


Back, with flap flipped to show reverse:

Floral Front:

Floral Back:

Color Block Front:

Color Block Back:


Floral Side Button (Way fuzzy- couldn't get the wee one to stay still:)

Color Block Side Button:

I am SO not impressed with the buttonholes.  I think it is the cheap-a** thread I was forced to buy because it is the only option available in our town anymore, and I wasn't going to drive 45 minutes to pick up one spool of thread.  Freakin' cheap crap- I think it was the root of all the problems I was having with my machine.  Grrr....  Going into the city tomorrow for something else, though, so I will pick up more and fix up the holes.

(And yea, I realize it needs to be pressed.)  Wink

Holy Freakin' Cow- I just found this dress which seems to be very similar- it sells for $52.50!!!!

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