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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / For my girls, two more *from scratch!* (5img's) on: November 07, 2007 11:43:22 AM
Well, I finally bit the bullet this week and dove into my girls last two home-made Christmas presents!  I wanted to make them some reversible jumpers...but I was making them from scratch...pattern and all.

In 2 hours I drafted the patterns (no template at all, just hand drawn ideas), attached them to the fabric and cut them out.

In 4 hours I pieced them together, stitched them up, and completed them!!

On both, I overcompensated for size, so they are BIG (definitely something to grow into)...but I'm still thrilled with them!!

First, for my older girl...This dress...I wanted box pleats on the skirt, but in a brief brain fart I didn't create a big enough pattern piece for that...so it got straight pleats instead, but I love them as much!!

I prefer the dark side...but I love them all!

And for my younger...

This one needs some adjustments, I made it WAY too wide int he back.  I'm going to tack it so that the straps meet, leaving a pleat in the back.

No action shots...as they don't fit very good...and my girls have been sick (and now I am Tongue).  But I had to show them off!  I'm sooo bloody proud of them...and my no pre-bought pattern self.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / For my nephew...overalls from scratch...IMG OBESE on: October 23, 2007 08:22:50 AM
Okay...I threatened to do it...Last week I was half done and convinced it was going to look horrendous...but I finished it last night...and am thrilled with the results!!

I made my nephew, for Christmas, a pair of reversible corduroy/patchwork overalls!!  A few mistakes (that I won't make again), and pitfalls later...Here are the results.  Pictures are of it on my darling daughter K as I have no boy young enough in this house Cheesy  Hope you like it...I'm just so happy!  I can't wait to start the next project!!!

And yes...I made these completely from scratch...INCLUDING the pattern (which I made on parchment paper Smiley )!!

~P.S.  The corduroy is SUPER SOFT and feels scrumptious against the skin...as does the flannel.  I wouldn't have made it reversible if it didn't Cheesy
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Swing coat ~ Second project, first blocking!! (5 pics) on: October 08, 2007 07:47:07 PM
Well, I had to jump on the bandwagon.  I had extra yarn (well, yarn meant for another project that I realized it wouldn't work for)...and at the moment a few extra bucks to purchase the pattern...and so I knitted.  This is my second completed project and my first attempt at proper seaming and blocking...and I'm pleased with ALL the results! 

I jumped onto the bandwagon and got the pattern for the Girlfriends Swing Coat Sweater...and am happy I did!

I used Caron's Simply Soft in Country Blue and size 8 needles.  I was extremely disappointed in the "no dye lot yarn" as I got two inches into the sleeve only to realize the 'no dye lot' in face needed a dye lot number as they were two totally different shades of blue.  I chose to use a garter stitch border (what I thought was my own idea until I found the suggestion at the end of the pattern *giggle*)...and made the sleeves a wee bit long (oops)...but my girl is all length and limbs and will fit into it soon enough.   I also made the "i-cords" via a crochet needle.  I'm still working on making an icord properly.

And onto the pics...

Hope you like it!!  I'm thrilled and have already started the second coat for my younger daughter in different yarn/colors!!  It will be a multi-colored one...so I hope it looks as good!!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Newest Patchwork dress...(img obese) on: September 29, 2007 04:49:37 PM
After finishing my youngest daughters dress, I finally managed to do my older daughter's.  K's was all blue and browns...this one is quite a bit brighter, but I love it!!  I need to take it in a little, it's a bit big on her...but everything is Cheesy 

The pink star fabric is definitely not a perfect match to the rest of it...but my DD is obsessed with stars...so when she saw this fabric I HAD to include it...it was not an option Cheesy 

Without further ado..Miss M in her Christmas present (*G*  I love this age...)

Excuse her expression...I caught her in a brief moment of non-smiling *lol*

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I did it!! (Patchwork Dress) on: September 17, 2007 11:50:44 AM
After seeing all the lovely Patchwork Dresses here I knew I HAD to try.  It's been eyars since I've sewn anything...and I was never successful at clothes...but I HAD to try.  Sooo...

I did all the patchwork myself (it's SOOO not even, but for a dress it's not so big a deal), lined it myself...made the belt...all of it Cheesy  Yes, I used a pattern for the shape of the dress...but the belt was my touch, as was lining the skirt.  Anyway...without further ado..

My two models are K (my 1 year old) and M (my two year old).  I made the dress for K...and am planning a different one for M (all the patchwork pieces are cut, just needs to be sewn).

K in her dress...she's SWIMMING in it...good thing it's a Christmas present!

M in the dress to get a better approximation of size (Mind you, this is a 2T dress...and it's still big around the middle on M, and K is SWIMMING in it *sigh*)

Images of the dress itself...the first one shows the muslin (soooo soft...and CHEAP Tongue) that I used for lining the patchwork (patchwork NEEDS a lining...)

Now I get to make M's!!  Her's will be different colors (MUCH brighter..reds/yellows/purples) and a bit longer to accommodate her length...but I'm so excited!!  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First ever project on: August 07, 2007 06:58:14 PM
For lack of a sewing machine (literally), I picked up some knitting needles about 3 weeks ago.  I'd fiddled with knitting previous, but never accomplished even a proper stitch.  So, with a determination in my head I went to the store (Wal-mart as everything in hickville closes EARLY on Sundays except wal-mart) and grabbed some knitting needles and a Leisure ARts Pattern book (Touchable Knits).  I used Lion Brand Homespun, and the wrong size needles (didn't matter much to me at the time) and started in.  After a few faulty attempts...here is my success story!!  There are a few minor issues (the armholes are a wee bit tight)...but I'm completely pleased with it!!  I already have yarn and (correct sized) needles for my next project!!  I'm hooked!!!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / One for me *gasp* and CF awareness... on: May 04, 2007 11:04:05 AM
Well, I finally got around to making a piece for myself.  I fully intend to wear it tonight and taking business cards when I go out Cheesy  Anyway, my personal piece:

And, as my daughter has CF, I'm super into CF Awareness Month.  To raise money, I've put these on my site...and I wear mine all the time:

No inside images, yet...still a couple of posts away Sad
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Some of my newest stuff... on: February 15, 2007 06:05:23 AM
I posted last week as being new to beading.  At that time I posted an bracelet and three earrings.  I think I've progressed since then...here's some of the stuff I've done up this week:

Big Red:  (first pic is necklace and bracelet...second is a matching earring set)

And pink and black (necklace and earrings):

What do you all think?  Sorry about the blurry pic on the second set of earrings...I have trouble w/ my camera sometimes Cheesy

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / New to beading (earrings and a bracelet) on: February 02, 2007 10:50:51 PM
So, I decided to try beading again...I tried once before and failed...but I had sub-standard products and no instruction.  This time I had few materials, but they were better quality.  This is what I came up with:


I actually have 3 more pairs of earrings, but I don't have pictures of them yet.  I'm pretty pleased and heading out tomorrow to buy more supplies!!  

I did have one question to get a feel for it.  What would you charge for these items if you were selling them?  The charm on the bracelet is sterling silver (and needs cleaning, I dug it out from my old jewel box).  

Thanks for looking.  I know I'm new to this board!  

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Twine Basket Pattern? on: March 22, 2005 06:51:29 PM
I'd really like to know if anyone here has a pattern for a crocheted twine basket?  I wanted to make some for storage, but the only pattern I've found so far is in a $20 book that I don't have the funds to purchase right now....and the basket is really too big for what i'm looking for...although it could be modified.  If anyone has just a basket pattern for a twine (or leather strap) crocheted basket, I would greatly appreciate it!!  Thanks so much!

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