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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / "In The Garden" dress on: May 28, 2011 07:17:18 AM
It had been hot and sunny for the last few weeks so I thought I ought to get around to making my daughter a summer dress. I made this following From an Igloo's Shirred Twirly Dress tutorial -- nice and easy as it's all just rectangles. I hadn't shirred before, but I definitely will again; I was a bit dubious about the result initially but all the shirring tutorials that tell you to blast it with steam are absolutely right -- that tightened it up nicely.

Of course, it's now cold and grey and miserable. But if we do eventually get a summer she's now prepared...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Wonder Woman costume on: May 22, 2011 04:00:11 PM
DD had a Princesses and Heroes third birthday party to go to. Wonder Woman is a princess AND a hero (and she loves watching reruns of the old TV series) so seemed like a natural option.

I made this out of plain cotton jersey T-shirting. The skirt is a circle skirt with a waistband made from gold foiled jersey; there are matching shorts underneath for those twirly-skirt moments. The top I cut a bit on the large side (well, technically I first cut it a bit on the small side and then I overcompensated) which will at least [insert desperate justification] give her some growing room. The gold on the front is machine appliqud on, while the white stars are just attached with fusible bonding at the moment; I'm going to see how they stand up to laundry (I figure it's a costume, it may not need washing that often, maybe...) as they look better without being stitched on.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Anyone have the "Vintage Style for Kids" book? on: January 27, 2011 08:33:27 AM
I've just got a copy and like the look of many of the designs, but my initial reaction is to be shocked by the quoted fabric requirements -- for example 2.5 yards (plus 2 yards of lining) for a simple baby dress and sunhat -- which seem very high.

The patterns are all on CD so I've yet to print them out and stick them together to work out how to place them on the fabric, but I was just wondering whether anyone had made any of these designs and if so what they thought of the fabric quantities quoted? (My cynical side notes that the same people who wrote the book also make and sell the prints used to make up the designs for the photographed examples, so potentially stand to gain $$$ if everyone over-buys fabric...)
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