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1  Re: Twirly good fun! And a pillowcase dress. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kcjc on: July 19, 2007 01:12:34 PM
They're adorable--especially the first set--and so is the wee one.  A couple of my nearest and dearest are Roller Queens too, my little chick wants skirts like theirs--green and black plaid mini kilts. 

Of course they have to have wee little uniforms! I made half of our uniform skirts:

 so I had to make her a little one as well! She even has her own name - Skater Tot, and # 110.5 (my number is 110) she calls the whole getup her skater tot.

Ignore the fact that it's too big and the hem is falling apart. This was at our first bout and I fixed both of those issues by the second  Cheesy

I ended up making 2 more of our skirts for the kids of my team mates. They look so cute together I could just pee.
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2  Twirly good fun! And a pillowcase dress. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kcjc on: July 19, 2007 08:18:12 AM
I've been dying to try the twirly skirt tutorial http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/photos/twirly_skirt/ Finally got on that this week.

In the first one I copied a shirt that vegbee posted awhile back. I had to add side panels because my first shot turned out just a little more revealing than I would have liked. But now I have a good prototype and I was able to copy the shirt to paper so I'll have a quick pattern for next time.

I bought the shirt for the second one, but I put the appliques on myself. They kind of suck because my machine is stupid and doesn't have a satin stitch so I have to make due with the zig zag.

She calls them her "skaters". I play roller derby and one of the teams wears gingham tutus so I guess that's where that came from.

The last one is a rostitchery pillowcase-style dress:
I put butterfly buttons on the top near the elastic because I did a REALLY bad job getting the elastic sewn in and the bias tape attatched neatly. Now all I've got to do is sew on the eyelet and I'll be done! Woo hoo.
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3  2 new dresses for the bunny - tiers and cheytown's button up!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kcjc on: July 10, 2007 09:31:03 AM
Holy mother of god - this dress sucked big time! I really wanted to pitch it in the trash at one point, but I get kind of stubborn and it was going to be finished or I'd kill myself trying. Seriously - it was a McCall's Easy Stitch and Save (M5370) but I just had to make it harder on myself!!

I've mentioned before how much I really, really hate to gather. So I thought I'd get all sneaky and gather the tiers with elastic thread. Not such a brilliant idea. The top tier went on just fine, the second and third tiers required me to enlist an extra 2 and then an extra 4 hands so I could get it pinned evenly. And it doesn't really hang/twirl like it should. But dang it, it's finished!!

No action shots because my little model was super cranky. And as it turns out, it's way too long for her and a big in the bodice as well. I'm just packing it up for next year because there is NO WAY I'm pulling it apart to shorten all the tiers. I don't want to just pull the hem up more because I want the tiers to all have the same proportions.

I was 100% exasperated after my "easy" mc calls project - even if it was my fault that it became hard - and so I decided to whip up one of cheytown's button down to dress dresses...

Much easier, much faster and MUCH cuter! It only took me the morning yesterday. She wore it to the airport to go pick up my folks and seriously, about 5 different people asked me where I got it.
Cheytown, you rock and I am going to make many more of these dresses!

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4  Whee! Super-fast outfit for the bunny! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kcjc on: May 28, 2007 02:47:43 PM
I made this Saturday night in about 2 hours. The top was a New Look pattern dress that only has 4 pieces. And the pants are a pj pant pattern that I just sewed cylinders of scrap fabric from the top onto the hems with elastic thread (MY NEW LOVE!!!! More of that coming soon. Seriously, I think I'm going to build a shrine to the stuff.)

Hooray for fast and easy! And elastic thread!
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5  How I hate to gather in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kcjc on: May 16, 2007 07:50:31 PM
...but gather I did for the bunny's newest dress - it's New Look 6689:

I didn't get the edge of the ruffle all the way up to the top of the button-y part, but no way was I going to rip up the whole thing just for that. Maybe I'll try the pattern again using elastic thread to sew up the ruffle piece. Aside from the ruffling/gathering mess, this dress came together in no time flat.
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6  Re: Little sun-lovin' top; inspired by vegbee's tute in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kcjc on: May 06, 2007 08:23:10 PM
That rocks - your edge came out much nicer than mine do.  Is that elastic around the top?

Yep. Just made a quick casing.

The other day I whipped up this top:

in the same fashion, but even easier! It was an old tank of mine that had some staining at the top, so I turned it upside down to make the shirt and all I had to do was snip a hole in the hem/seam allowance, feed the elastic through and stitch the hole closed. So easy!

I'm having a ball with the curled hems! Thanks for sharing that info with us!
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7  Little sun-lovin' top; inspired by vegbee's tute in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kcjc on: April 23, 2007 08:21:10 PM
I made this yesterday in no time flat. I'm a self-taught sewer so I never knew you could get a hem to curl until I saw vegbee's tutorial.

I took an old t-shirt of mine gave it a few snips, made a casing, ruffled the hem, tacked on some ties and voila:



I have 5 t's ready to go for similar tops. Yay.
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