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1  ASIA / Japan / Re: Nagoya on: August 29, 2008 09:25:48 AM
I don't know of any craft groups here really, but I live in Nagoya city! Hello.  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Double elastic in the neck dresses (catchy name!), new ones and tute on: August 20, 2008 06:14:59 AM
This style is great! I love the patterns you chose, too. I am going to try this!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: purple, purple, purple on: August 16, 2008 08:56:22 PM
to Tortugafeliz:

!The best and easiest tutorial is this ->> http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/05/patchwork-circle-skirt.html . I think it's probably the one most people use
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: purple, purple, purple on: August 15, 2008 10:33:06 PM
Thanks for your replies!! Hopefully next year I can get an action shot of the patchwork dress  Wink

About the pattern, I altered this one(from the book, "1メートルでできる子ども服/Children's Clothes from One Meter") to use as a base:

bigger --> http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a218/cagamy/IMG_2510.jpg

It's very easy to use, just draw it out on muslin or pattern paper- the numbers are all centimeters- and add in seam allowance. The numbers in parentheses are for kids 95~105cm tall (3/4 years) and the numbers outside of parenthesis are for 105~115cm (5/6 years). And if you don't alter it, you get that cute, high-waisted 2 teired dress.  Cheesy

Anyway, to make that A-line dress, I used the bodice front and back in the top right corner. Separate the pieces, put the middle front and back on the fold of your fabric, and extend the sides at a diagonal about 30cm, and then add a 12cm high ruffle, which should be about twice the hem of the dress. The original dress calls for a slit and button closure in the back, but I just made the necklines bigger instead.

 *For the white lace dress, lower the front neckline and add a lace inset. For the sleeves, cut out a piece the same width as your lace, and then insert the lace like you would do a french seam- the raw sides are coming out the top. Then you can finish by zigzag or a decorative stitch on top of the lace.
*For the purple ribbon dress, leave the neckline the same in the front and lower the back about 4 cm. Then, put in a tie to hold the back closed. The ruffly sleeve is just a really long "D" shape, gathered and attatched to the shoulder with bias tape.

Thanks again, everyone! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Octopus dress on: August 14, 2008 09:31:52 PM
This is grorgeous! I love the octopus print with the bright orange top. I always am inspired when I see the things you make.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / purple, purple, purple on: August 14, 2008 09:21:42 PM
I made these for my oldest step-daughter (5) and niece (4). They are very close so they always want to match, and their new favourite color is purple thanks to a certain (incredibly popular) cartoon.

The fabric texture is almost like seersucker, it's very light and a little puckery. It's actually for making children's yukata out of, so it's very light and comfy in the summer, which will probably last until the beginning of October again.

(little SD wanted to be in the picture too, but chose not to look at the camera  Tongue)
The last one was inspired by Vegbee's twirl dresses... or rather, my step daughter saw one on the computer screen, and said "Guess what I want for my birthday!"  Purple is not a traditionally popular color in Japan, so I probably bought a piece of every single purple fabric in the whole store. I also don't have enough patience for quilting so this dress was very difficult to make.  But, it was fun making some of the squares into secret pockets, covering some with lace, etc.

Unfortunately, A is also really skinny so the pattern for the top, which is supposed to fit someone her height, was huge on her. She can wear it next summer.

I have to take cuter pictures from now on, hahahaha.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another Butterick 4790 dress on: August 12, 2008 06:17:04 PM
Wow! This is my favourite version of this pattern ever. The fabric is beautiful and the black binding is a really striking touch.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: sunflower dress & handkerchief dress on: August 12, 2008 07:09:22 AM
Thanks for your kind comments, everyone!!  Smiley Smiley

to MonkeyThumb: I think I was lucky because usually it's very difficult for me too. I just did a box pleat on the bottom, and because the pieces are corners/bias they kind of shape themselves when the dress is on.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sunflower dress & handkerchief dress on: August 12, 2008 01:10:22 AM
Since I am on summer vacation from work for two weeks, I have a lot of time to myself. I have spent most of it sewing. It's great.

This is made from my husband's handkerchief. (He didn't use this one anyway.  Wink )It has a halter strap and shoulder strap coming out of the bias binding of the bust. The back is shirred and there is a side zip. There is a knee-length full circle skirt. I wore it to the spa and felt very lady-like, hahaha.

close up of the handkerchief design

I used an American paper pattern for the first time in maybe 3 years for the top of this. It was very easy but the sizing was strange. I made the wrap into a false wrap front and added a knee-length pleated skirt. I painted a normal silver buckle with nail polish. I wanted a vintage feel, but I can't tell if it's too gaudy or not...(?)
1.close up of the belt & buckle , 2.the fabric's true colors.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / bird backpack on: May 14, 2008 06:42:16 AM
I am going to the zoo with my job on Friday! Yay. So, I needed a backpack for lugging my stuff around, and rather than buy one I made it. No pattern used, the closure is elastic and two buttons.

This is my first bag, aside from a drawstring bag for my stepdaughter like a year ago. I usually only ever make clothes.

Bags are really hard to make.

whole bag:

the crap strap, tricky side pocket, and the fantastic lining:

Thanks for looking!
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