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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Onesies on: December 06, 2010 08:05:21 AM
I want to do the spraying, just haven't found the time as of yet.  With the colder weather, I've been crocheting more than sewing Sad.  I miss sewing, and will have a chance to catch up on some in the few days.  YaY!  I'm going to give spraying a chance after the first of the year for sure, tho!  That looks great - butterflies are my favorite!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Pettiskirts - Walmart - $5 on: October 25, 2010 05:44:04 PM
I am a lover of everything halloween even though I've been slacking off due to a drastic climate change (Texas to Idaho).  While going through the halloween section of Walmart, I noticed they had these cute little pettiskirts in pink, blue, purple, orange, black, etc etc. They were $5 each.  So if you have small daughters - my River is 5, but she's very petite - these things work great for under the skirts for school!  That's what we're using them for - not like we can use them for an actual costume since it's already snowing!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Levi's new peacoat on: October 13, 2010 12:22:12 PM
I want want WANT to make my older daughter a coat this year - a sort of trench style type, but my sewing machine has been threatening to quit me for so long, I think if I was to force something like that on it, I'd have to wait to sew anything anymore until after income tax.  As it is, it's been giving me lip regarding ruffles!  Ruffles, for heck's sake!  Yours is beautiful, tho, and I love you didn't use a pattern.  I was stressing that, but saw one I reeeeeeeally like and I think I could do it solo!  But not til after I get a machine with some balls attached to it.....
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Anyone??? on: October 13, 2010 12:14:54 PM
We're only doing a few outfits this year - well, 3 or 4 ish...... depending on how much material is left over! lol.  The kids around here get out for "Spud Harvest" 2 weeks in October - so there goes all our halloween fashion wear time!  They'll go back to school the 18th, halloween 2 weeks later.  Just not worth it to me to spend money on the halloween fabric and wear them maybe once ... le sigh.  However, I am getting started on xmas outfits as soon as halloween is done, and mid november, we're gonna start introducing them into the population!  wooohoooo! lol
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Halloween Anyone??? on: October 11, 2010 06:11:34 PM
I love the whole corset over a plain shirt or peasant dress look and have been working on them lately.  I also think it's something I can do for Al, my 11 year old tomboy that she will like!  This is the 2nd one - I need to redo the straps on the first then post that ensemble, but here's our first halloween one so far!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: "Feliz party dress" from "Sewing Clothes Kids Love" for my princess on: October 09, 2010 10:20:05 PM
I have thought about doing a Feliz, but haven't done it yet.  It looks great!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: TWEEN clothing!!!!! Huh? Where?? Really?!?! on: October 07, 2010 08:55:17 PM
Hahahahaha!  So I've gone through each of the posts and tried just about everything.  No offense to the one with the balloon type pants, but she says "those would be good for pajamas"...... and as far as picking something she would like.... all she could find was sweats.  I DID, however, find a pair of leggins with skirts attached - the skeggins.....  and I think she will like those!  I think I found them a while back, but haven't shown them to her yet lol.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / TWEEN clothing!!!!! Huh? Where?? Really?!?! on: September 29, 2010 05:25:16 PM
I have this beautiful, petite, long dark haired, dark eyed 10 year old with a tom-boy complex.  Lord knows I've tried breaking her of that forEVER, but it just isn't working!!  She'll wear the clothes.... if *I* pick them out for her, but she wouldn't pick them out on her own.  I show things to her, ask if she'd wear something like that, and if she says "yeah, sure," - she'll wear it once, then let it collect dust in the closet. 

Obviously, I'm not a fan of sewing for her.... BUT, she is very tall, VERY slender.  In October she'll be 11, is just BARELY into a size 8, and the waist is still baggy on her. 

Oh, and she doesn't like jeans.  Go figure. 

I don't want to force her into the little girly stuff, so I have been googling tween clothing.  My first search showed a bunch of teen porn stuff *sigh* so I had to regoogle and I typed in "unslutty tween clothing"..... yanno, hoping.  I swear to goodness, there was a picture of this girl who couldn't have been older than my Alisabeth wearing a shirt that was cropped just below her non-existent boobs, a pair of low rider jeans, and what appeared to be tattoos, but was SURELY pen or temps of stars across her tummy.  That isn't at ALL what I was wanting when I typed in the "unslutty". 

I was wondering if anyone has anything for tweens, or had the issue of trying to find and was successful in finding websites with tween clothing to choose from (so I can COPY). 

I have some knit type material here that I'm going to try to make a kind of long kimono type top - I'd love to be able to do that belt, but the darn thing just looks too complicated for me! - and some leggins. 

She will wear skirts/dress types if she has leggins to go with them.  She absolutely will NOT wear a dress without pants - or shorts at the extreme least if she's wearing winter tights.  THIS is what I have to work with in that girl! lol 

Any other ideas?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why?? Do you sew for your children? on: September 29, 2010 05:13:03 PM
I love, love LOVE to sew!  OMG, I kick myself every day for not teaching myself 20 years earlier how to sew!  Or taking a sewing class in school!!!!  ARGH!!!!!!!!!

I don't have an aversion to the types/brands/characters.  My daughter's have tons of t-shirt dresses (recons).  I go to the thrift store, find shirts with cute fronts, brand names - I see lots of Old Navy.... Pepsi.... BUY-I...(altho I'm not mormon, and DO have an aversion to the religion.... or more the corporate side of the religion).  I get big sizes, adult Medium, or Large for my 5 year old - she does run smaller than her age, and XL or preferably XXL for my 10 year old (also runs smaller in size, but taller than a weed next to a grasshopper!)  I make them more form fitting in the bodice, and at the lower waist, I make them flare, bringing them down to their knees or mid-thigh.  They usually wear the tall boots, or leggins, so there's not ever too much leg showing, but they are cutsie little legs! lol

I started teaching myself to sew this year because I have a 5 year old with a princess complex now in kindergarten.  I absolutely LOVE the "bella" type look - altho I don't know if that's the right word for it.  The pants with the ruffle at the bottom, the kind of sun dress type tops, peasant tops/dresses underneath to give it that petticoat type look.  I keep waiting for the school to send a note home "please dress River in clothes that are a little more appropriate for kindergarten," but so far, haven't gotten one.  She also has her hair done...every morning.  Messy sock buns are the quickest, easiest, and the CUTEST - especially with those little twisty rhinestone things set around it. 

So I guess my reason for sewing for my children is selfish.  I want all of her friends and friends' parents to look at her and what she is wearing and say "OMG!  That is just the cutest thing I've ever seen!"  How awful of me is that?Huh? lol

NOW... my 11 year old, on the other hand...... would definitely choose to hold a snake than be forced into some frilly dress....... *le sigh*
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New, Self Taught with a Not-So-Great teacher, but loving this whole sewing thing on: August 29, 2010 12:40:23 PM
Thanks for the details of the cuppy-cake - I'll get on and make one now. I've just bought a new toy - a machine foot which gathers as well. Haven;t tried it yet, but thinking it will be good for all those lovely ruffles on girls' clothes.

There is a foot you can add to your just regular ol' cheap sewing machine to gather? 
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