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1  Toddler's Texas Longhorns asymmetrical-arm-stripe jacket from McCall's 4220 in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by bbonnn on: January 11, 2013 01:47:46 PM
This pattern, McCall's 4220, has been in my stash for a while. I finally made a version for a friend's daughter, who joins us when we watch Texas Longhorns games.

The pattern is out of print, apparently. So much for this being a useful review/demo of current offerings, heh. Anyway, if you stumble upon it, I recommend the following modifications:

  • Overall, pattern was designed for polar fleece, so it leaves many edges raw (unhemmed). I hate that look, so I added hems wherever they were lacking.
  • Add a placket to avoid having raw edges where the buttons close. To do this, extend the "center" line on the pattern front piece by 5/8" (seam allowance). Then cut out a rectangle of broadcloth as long as the jacket front, and about 3" wide. Add lightweight fusible interfacing. Serge one edge, and sew the other edge along the jacket center front, wrong sides together. Fold over, topstitch the placket to the jacket front (wrong sides together). TL;DR - make a placket.
  • The hood calls for the "wrong side" of the fabric to be folded over and visible on the "right side." I think this is because they assume you're using a faux shearling type fabric, where the fuzzy side is the "wrong side" so it's ornamental when folded over to the "right side" of the hood. Since I wasn't using shearling, I just folded the edge of the hood to the "wrong side" (opposite of the directions - beware this step!)
  • Folded both pieces of seam allowance to one side, and topstitched at every step. Just a fun detail that makes it look more "athletic"/"professional."

Other modifications (just for completeness, not necessarily recommended)
  • White bias tape line details on sleeves. Made 'em asymmetrical because you can get away with more "fun" in kidswear.
  • White fleece Longhorn applique on back. Left the raw edges exposed - hey, it's fleece.


If I had it to do over, my advice for future makers of this pattern:

  • Polar fleece is terribly thick to be making pockets out of. And you can't really iron precise folds, so the bottom curves turned out kind of clunky. Consider keeping the pocket concept (because, kids!) but make them a different kind. Maybe an interior pocket - jetted, bound, single-welt, etc.
  • Make the arm stripes MORE asymmetrical, or just make them symmetrical. The asymmetry is not obvious, and to me it looks like it could be a mistake.
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2  Re: Miyazaki Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: January 28, 2008 01:47:03 PM
Okay, as promised, here are the photos of the delicious Miyazaki goodness from dazedllama. Prepare to drool!

Radish God Needle Holder - embroidered radish god embellishing a wallet for holding my various sewing machine needles! Awesomely cool, because this will encourage me to organize my needles and use the correct needle rather than whatever's in the machine. All hail the radish god!

Painted Catbus rock! How cute! He's sitting on display on top of my monitor at work (I moved him to the sunlight on the carpet for this shot) Meowwwwr!

A Tengui - "a piece of dyed cloth ... an essential tool for the Japanese. Not only was it used as a wiping tool such as a towel or handkerchief, it was also used as bandage and a headwear in the old days ... it also came to be used in the place of a greeting card or a business card." I'm hanging it in my room for decorative effect

(I am also tempted to copy the image of the little guy onto other projects like homemade silkscreening - vurry cute)

And finally, the wondrous Totoro tote bag! Happy beautiful colors, wonderful applique work, and skilled sewing. I'm going to use this every day. See! See! Bestest one!

Thank you again, dazedllama! I love everything and you are such a talented craftsperson!
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3  Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: March 30, 2007 11:13:27 AM
Yay! I received a box of goodies from h_pets360 this week! I love the look of her crafts - I'm a peripheral admirer of the cow-punk-rockabilly-vintage scene (but not a participant, as it involves, you know, effort), and as you see below, that aesthetic prevails beautifully.

We'll start with the nortty wrapping paper, which I totally love! There are different scenes like this. She said it was from the BUST boobtique. (I think this is PG enough to post. If not, mods, feel free to remove it)

We progress to the postcard with a very nice note on the back:

The first bigger item: a calendar with 12 months of twisted cross-stitch sayings. I love it! I may just have to take up cross stitch and do a few of these. Some of the past months' pictures are going on the walls of my cube (my favorite: an intricately decorated "whatever"). See more at http://www.subversivecrossstitch.com/ (warning: some images and sayings NSFW)

When my hair is misbehaving, or when I'm doing an emergency cleaning session before company comes over, I can scrub my floors in style with this cute hula girl bandanna

Check out this hand-painted and decoupaged journal with a horseshoe on the front. Now when I go to spend six weeks at the divorce ranch in Reno, I can be the envy of all the other gals when I whip this out to record my thoughts:

(that's a reference to George Cukor's "The Women" from 1939 - if you've never seen it, RENT IT NOW. Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, the perennially haggard Marjorie Main, Joan Crawford in her evil-doe stage ... and the dialogue is sharp, mature, and biting)

And finally, le creme, an embroidered pillow concerning three of my favorite themes: citrus, mixed drinks, and making stuff out of whatever you have lying around. After a night of making do with supplies on-hand, I shall rest my weary hung-over head upon this dark gossamer cloud and reflect upon the good times had.

Thank you so much! I love everything! Smiley Smiley Smiley

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4  Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: March 28, 2007 10:15:35 PM
OK, 'tis a little late around here on account-a I had a work offsite that involved bowling and beer, so please pardon my brevity and possible misspellings, but without further ado, here are pix of stuff:




Scattergories whiskey glass(es), one extant:

Quail Journal:

Apron - the martini glass side (adorned with irremovable cat hair - sorry about that, the little buggers are magically drawn to all black fabric in the house):

Aprin - the umbrella side:

Apron Details:
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5  Re: Mushroom swap Round 2~gallery of FUN-gus! in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: March 01, 2007 03:15:13 PM
Oh. My. Goodness.

I received my package from Safetyfox. She REALLY outdid herself. I mean, feast your eyes on this ...

First: the card. A llama (llama? alpaca?) greeted me and hinted at the mushroomy goodness to come. I love llamas!

Inside the package, the flabbergasting admiration of this crafter begins. Hand knitted socks in a mushroomy color! And they're perfect - super advanced professional artisan quality! These must have taken you forever! I love them! They're so warm! She even included little balls of extra yarn, just in case.

But wait. There's so much more. A FELTED Mushroom purse. I'm completely floored - this is beautiful and functional and stylish and everything I would want in a shoulderbag. The mushroom design is super cute. The colors, the details, the design - perfect, perfect, perfect!

Details of the bag ...

More bag details ...

Oh no, we're not done yet. An adorable ribbon-strung glass mushroom pendant that came in a wee pink bag. I love, love, love! How did you know I'm sooo all about glasswork these days? Did I mention it glows in the dark? Well, of course.

And look! A bookmark! With mushroom beads, and "mush" "room" at the ends! I'm using it right now in my copy of Eric Schlosser's "Reefer Madness" which I'm reading at the moment. Serendipitous? Yes.

And finally, a psychedelic mushroom patch that came all the way from a trip to India. I just got a new backpack; this one's going on it immediately.

I'm stunned. "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" This is so amazing! I don't even think a million thank-you's would be adequate, but THANK YOU!!! (times ten berzillion)
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6  Re: Mushroom swap Round 2~gallery of FUN-gus! in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: February 27, 2007 07:45:16 PM
Hi guys! I'll just go ahead and post what Giantsquid received, as she's having trouble with picture hosting and it's easy to post what I took before sending.

For your amusement, we have ...

A crocheted mushroom pincushion (by request - just freehanded it). Made of regular acrylic yarn, I forget the specific kind. Lion Brand something-something.

A mushroom shoulderbag, based on the Think Pink Japanese Cherry Blossom bag (fab tutorial, BTW).
Made of doe suede (the faux kind), lined in a similar houndstooth fabric.

A wood box painted with a moonlight mushroom motif.
Made of ... pre-made wood box and acrylic paints, sealed with Mod Podge.

A mushroom skirt (pattern is Simplicity 5914).
Made of, um, I forget. Synthetic.

... and two painted wood fridge magnets, which I'll also post later, as they're on the other computer.

I had so much fun making stuff for this swap. It looks like we all have different interpretations of the mushroom theme, which is so interesting to see actualized here. All your stuff is amazing. You guys rule!
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7  Re: Worth Your While Apron Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: February 24, 2007 11:08:17 AM
Oh boy, I'm in the Received Apron Club! Just look at what groschveux sent me ...

Zee front ..

(head cut off in all shots - I won't subject you to my bad hair day. And, yes, that's an abandoned shelf and a bunch of fallen lemons in the background - I'm a craftster, not a gardener)

Cute pockets, eh?

Place of honor next to kitchen essentials: water, gum, Futurama calendar

Isn't it beautiful? The colors and style are exactly what I like, and as you can see from the fabric close-up, the sewing is beyond perfection. She does this amazing 1/16-inch overstitching on the bias tape that would make a professional bias-tape-sewer jealous. I love it! It's gorgeous.

Thank you!

Smiley    Grin    Roll Eyes    Smiley    Cheesy    Grin    Roll Eyes   
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8  Re: A "Buggy" Swap (bug themed swap) in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: March 30, 2006 11:47:21 AM
I received a package from groschveux! Filled with wonderful lovely things! Check it out ...

Dainty note cards with sweet bugs, and two buggy buttons:

A fabulous lined blue zipper bag with a grasshopper on it:

And the cutest green corduroy handbag EVER with a fluttering moth applique, lined in a funky black and white pattern, with a snap at the top of the handle and gold rectangle rings (very nice details), and the bag is fastened with magnets (coooooool):

Thank you so much! I love everything!  Smiley Grin Smiley Grin Smiley Grin

She mentioned she just started sewing a few months ago. You may not be able to see from the pictures, but both bags are really well made and you would never know she wasn't a professional with years under her belt. I'm impressed! Wow!  Grin
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9  Re: A "Buggy" Swap (bug themed swap) in The Swap Gallery by bbonnn on: March 06, 2006 10:26:27 AM
Hey everyone. I haven't heard back from my partner, but according to the post office the package should have arrived by now, so I'm gonna go ahead and post the pictures I took before I sent. Mihn, if you see this: hide your eyes and scroll down real fast before the surprise is ruined!

Buggy pajamas:

The blue is flannel, and the yellow is a childlike print with cartoony ladybugs, dragonflies and bees.


This was originally going to be the top part of the PJs, but 1) the blue wound up not matching the blue on the pants; and 2) the bee came out WAY TOO CUTESEY. Nearly too cutesey to be worn EVEN with irony. So I threw it in as an "added bonus" but not a main craft.

Ladybug pillow:

It's about 14 inches on each side. The ladybug is applique, and the limbs and spots are fabric paint. There's a velcro closure on the back so you can take out the stuffing and wash the pillow.

Ant pillow:

The ant body and head are from a brown ant-like fabric appliqued onto the blue. The limbs, antennae and eyes are fabric paint. I found an image of an ant taken by a high-powered microscope for inspiration.

Ant purse:

The Overview: my partner mentioned liking lime green, so I made the lining out of the wildest limiest green I could find. On the other hand, she mentioned wanting a bag for going out, and I love incongruity, so I made the exterior out of a sort of conservative suiting with a big ol' ant painted on it.

Detail of the ant on the purse (fabric paint) and interior with pocket. I don't know, my thought was "Jackie Kennedy meets Bjork."
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10  Re: Vintage Elephant Sock Monkey Tutorial in Vintage Craft Projects by bbonnn on: January 11, 2006 02:50:20 PM
Yay! I think I have a new obsession: sock animal craft. Oddly, this coincides with the cleaning of my sock drawer and discovery of about 20 socks that will never be reunited with their mates.

Apparently you can make 50 different kinds of toys from these socks. http://www.supersockmonkey.com/catalog/redheelsocks.html (scroll down to HOW TO MAKE THE ORIGINAL SOCK MONKEY CRAFT BOOK). 50 ideas? In 48 pages? I wonder how many of those are akin to "Fill a sock with beans. Now you have a bean bag! Fill a sock with stuffing. Now you have a soft neck pillow!" I'm tempted to see ...

Anyway, I type blindingly fast and had nothing to to this afternoon, so I typed up the directions here and excerpted pix. I'm going to print this and add it to my crafty notebook.


Pack-O-Fun, October 1957

One of the cuddliest, most charming little toys is this colorful, soft as swans-down circus elephant. He is ideal for a teen-ager's bedroom, a precious baby's crib, or as a companion for children on a long trip. Bazaar planners should find this a welcome item since it is quick, easy and inexpensive to make, and, above all, NEW, different and eye-catching.

You are probably familiar with the Rockford Red Heel work socks manufactured by the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois. these socks, which are a brown tweed with white cuffs and toes and a distinguishing red heel, may be purchased through mail order houses or your local dry goods or variety stores. Cost is about 30 cents a pair and much less in larger lots. (Prices vary with locality.)

In addition to the Rockford socks, you will need old nylons, shredded rubber or other scraps for filling, bright felt or oilcloth for trim, buttons for eyes, and yarn for pom-poms. With these few odds and ends, you are ready to make a companion to the popular Red Heel Sock Monkey.


Turn inside out. Cut 1 1/2" off rib of sock. Starting 3" from heel, sew 1/8" seam on each side of center line and across end of ribbing. Cut sock between seams and about 1" farther to make opening for stuffing. Turn right side out.

To shape head, stuff foot of sock nice and plump, and tie off loosely at neck with ribbon. Insert ovals of cardboard in feet and stuff. Finish stuffing and sew up slit in crotch, making open seam on underside of body and the other up toward the tail.


LEGS - Cut as shown, about 5" long. Turn inside out, seam along one side and across foot. Insert pieces of cardboard in feet, stuff, and attach near front of body.

MOUTH _ Cut off complete heel from second sock. Stuff lightly and sew to head. Stitch across center to shape mouth.

TRUNK - Open flat strip of sock so that it is about 1" at one end and 6" at the other. Round the wide end. Fold in half lengthwise, inside out, and seam along one edge and around narrow end. turn right side out and stuff. Sew to head just above mouth with seam underneath. To bend and hold trunk in various positions, insert a piece of wire through length of trunk. Insert pipe cleaner tusks.

EARS - For each ear, cut two pieces in shape of ears. Seam and turn right side out. Sew on level with highest point of trunk.

EYES - Sew on round or oblong buttons set wide apart. For very small youngsters, embroider eyes.

TAIL - Make small short roll of material and sew in place.

TRIM is optional. A fringed strip of bright material can be placed over the back, or tassels may be sewn on. Rickrack, little bells, ribbons or beads naturally give the toy a more festive, circus-like appearance.

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