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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Help with uber-picky kid. on: April 06, 2008 05:50:02 PM
Right now my 4yo DD is about as picky as they come.  She is almost completely off fruits and veggies (not good for a non-meat-eater.)  It is very frustrating as she used to eat well; I'm afraid she is starting to take after DH, who rarely eats vegetables and never eats fruit.

The one thing she will eat regularly is rice and black beans.  I can get her to eat Smuckers Natural PB, although she complains that it makes her mouth dry.  She loves yogurt, cheese, cream cheese- but not string cheese.  She will eat bananas sometimes, and strawberries (fresh, whole) only if they come with whipped cream. Apples are okay if they are peeled and served with cinnamon sugar.  (I think it is more of a texture thing than anything, this picky-ness of hers.)

I can't get her to eat hummus or other colored beans or peas or green beans or lettuce or  peppers or cucumbers or plums or any of the tasty things she used to eat.  She won't even eat blueberries anymore, and two summers ago, I couldn't get her to STOP eating them.  She would plow through a pint of them by herself in two days.

So if you are still here, give me your best (tested preferred) kid-friendly vegetarian foods.  I'm trying to work on polenta toast and quinoa with her right now, and seeing if I can get her to try salsa again.  She does like tomato sauce a lot, so that is a start, at least.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Board shorts for the surfer girl 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:)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dance of the fairy 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:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tiered skirt with my Vegbee 3/4 sleeve peasant top 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:
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I am SOOOOO in love with elastic thread!!! 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???
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Night on the town outfit. 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.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cheytown dress: Another Variant 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.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Orange-y Good lessons in bias tape 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.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Today's quickie outfit 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.)
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / When is a vintage pattern old enough? on: July 25, 2007 11:10:29 PM
I'd love to post some vintage patterns for other people to get some ideas from.  They are from the late 60s/early 70s.  I know there are all sorts of things scanned/posted in the vintage kitsch section, but I just want to make sure I don't violate any copyright laws or anything.

So I guess what I need to know is how old does a pattern need to be for it to be considered okay to post here?
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