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31  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / vroom vroom! upcycled cycle shorts on: October 07, 2010 01:27:45 PM
These little shorts started life as a T-shirt marking last year's 'bike to work' day.

The T-shirt was getting a bit old and tired, and seemed to be asking for an upcycle! Here's the 'before' photo:

and another view of 'after':

32  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / super cute smock from an oversized frock pattern on: September 29, 2010 06:13:41 AM
I first saw this dress on the From an Igloo blog, and was thrilled to find the pattern as the blog had said it was hard to find... I was so excited that I didn't check the sizing first - it starts at age 2, and my baby isn't yet six months. No matter, I had to make it now! So this is a shortened smock version, without the gathered sleeves on the original pattern (my poor baby would have been lost in there). It's still a bit on the large size, but she can wear it through the winter with some chunky layers underneath.

It's made from a piece of Liberty print corduroy which I bought as an oddment, and the buttons were from my odd-button store - I didn't have three that matched, but now I think I prefer it this way.

Here's a link to the original inspiration... it's worth a look as it is truly gorgeous http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/08/love-in-dress.html

and, just in case anyone else develops a crush but can't find the pattern, here's a link to something very similar but much easier to find! http://simplytogether.blogspot.com/2010/08/simply-sweet-frock.html

Thanks for looking, comments always appreciated!
33  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / night time kimono shoes on: September 08, 2010 02:56:47 PM
I made these lovely little shoes using a pattern from Sweet Pea Patterns (http://www.sweetpeapattern.etsy.com) and they came out so well that I have to post them immediately! Haven't tried them on my baby yet (she's asleep) but I have a good feeling about them...

the next day...

and a few more little shoes - with thanks to elowezil for the pattern and inspiration! The red fleece ones are my favourite, and they NEVER fall off. The denim shoes were a variation on the original pattern with the backs and fronts not joined except for a loop of elastic. I like the way they look but they were a bit of a fiddle to make, so I'll be returning to the original pattern next time.

Little shoes are strangely addictive to sew, I think I'll be making a lot more...
34  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / upsy-daisy reversible baby pinafore on: August 22, 2010 01:14:22 PM
This is one of the many reversible pinafores I made when I was pregnant with my daughter. I loved using up all my fabric scraps, and loved the instant gratification of making tiny clothes. She'g going to grow out of them soon, though...  I'm thinking of making a doll to fit in them for when she's bigger - has anyone tried that? does it work?

35  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / pile of pants (New Look 6718) on: August 19, 2010 11:49:26 AM

This month I have been making pants! I made a lot of little dresses whilst I was pregnant with my daughter, and now that she's a bit bigger she likes to pull the skirts up over her head... so now I need matching pants for all of them.

This is the original pattern (New Look 6718) - almost unaltered, except for a contracting band inside the legs because the dress was reversible and I wanted to use both fabrics for the pants.

And this is a similar pair which I made too tight around the legs. I cut the elastic and was going to rethread it, but they look so sweet as shorts that I've left the legs as they are...

This pair were made out of scraps so I couldn't use the pattern. They only just do their job, but the ribbon casing for the waist elastic makes them super comfortable (I think - she looks happy when she wears them!)

After a few pairs I go bored with making the contrast cuffs for the legs - this pair are made with bias tape instead, and shirring elastic for the legs. The only thing which took time was making the bias tape, the pants almost made themselves...

And finally, the ultra-quick version with shirring elastic around the legs and just a little hem...

Thanks for looking! I'm really enjoying the co-ordinated outfits now these are done.

36  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / party bunting on: August 02, 2010 06:51:17 AM
I made this for our christening party and used up some scraps from the children's curtains and my nappy bag. The most expensive part was the bias binding - I'm wondering if ribbon would have been just as good? Now I just need to make some more for the other side of the garden

37  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / upcycled camper van dress and shorts on: July 31, 2010 02:29:58 PM
This is my first post on craftster, so hoping it works! I made this dress from a charity shop T shirt which i bought because i loved the print. There was just enought fabric left over to make a pair of shorts from the sleeves. Now that my baby is old enough to pull up her skirts (and chew them) I really understand the point of matching pants! I'd always been a bit afraid of jersey, but this seemed to work ok using a medium zig zag stitch. Would love any comments!
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